Thursday, November 17, 2011


The Old Man of the Lake is a 30' hemlock tree stump floating vertically in Crater LakeJoseph S. Diller first discovered the stump in 1896 making it over a century old.  An article which appeared in the 1938 volume of Nature Notes from Crater Lake documented that the Old Man rides the winds and currents to travel the lake's entire surface area and can cover almost four miles in a single day.  Read more about the Old Man here.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a great story. Reminds me of a section in Robert Twigger's book Voyegeur. He is crossing a reservoir in a birch bark canoe, fearing the rumor that the old trees that were in the valley before it was dammed had a habit of loosing their roots, over time, and shooting up from the depths with massive force.

    A great read.