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Crater Lake National Park Ranger Captures Amazing Rainbow After Thunderstorms

I spoke with the photographer of the viral Crater Lake National Park snapshot, Dave Grimes. Grimes is a park ranger who just happened to be at the right place at the right time for the photo.

“I think that might have been a once in a lifetime experience,” he says. “I doubt I’ll ever see a full double rainbow like that ever again.”



Dave Grimes/Crater Lake National Park

It was Grimes’ day off, which he spent hiking off trail in the northwest corner of the park, searching for a rare plant. Coming up with nothing, he headed back to his car and started driving back to his home in the park when he got caught in a hail storm.

“It was kind of a crazy weather day,” Grimes says. When it let up, he decided to stop and hike up to get a view of the sunset when he happened about the double rainbow. He met another photographer at the clearing, but neither were able to capture the rainbow in total. Grimes settled for three separate photos, that he later stitched together in Photoshop.

“It was spectacular,” he says. “It’s hard to top that.”

There’s nothing like an awesome viral photo to make me want to head for the hills and set up camp.

This photo from Crater Lake National Park is attracting a lot of attention only four hours after going up. The caption says the shot was captured after Wednesday’s severe thunderstorms in the area and it wasn’t altered in any way.

Though thunderstorms spell more wildfires for Oregon, it’s nice to see something different (and beautiful) after the rain.


As you probably already know, Crater Lake National Park is an international tourist destination, boasting 500,000 visitors per year. The park is made up of 40 volcanoes. The the lake is the deepest in the U.S. and the ninth deepest in the world.

KTVZ reports the thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday night ignited 16 new fires in the area, which cover about 35 acres.

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