I’ve read Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy Blog for years now. This is Plait’s best entry since I started reading, one that details a Plait family trip to Oregon’s Crater Lake and his reaction to a site of incredible and ancient geologic violence.
The lake in the crater is beauty on a scale that is difficult to convey. But staring out over the lake, seeing the history literally carved into the walls… it brought a lump to my throat. I am continually and perpetually struck by nature’s hand, which uses unimaginable violence and forces almost beyond reckoning to sculpt delicate and subtle beauty.