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Scenes From The Thaw: Clear Lake Melting

Clear Lake in the Willamette National Forest is a popular recreation spot in the summer. During the spring thaw, however, it’s so quiet you can hear the soft crackles and steady drips of a melting landscape.

In March 2016, OPB photographer Todd Sonflieth headed to the lake to capture scenes from this hushed season.

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Oregon Prison Sagebrush Project, Oregon Star Party, Steam Up, And Scenic Oregon (2811)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #2811
Most Recent Broadcast: February 23, 2017