National Geographic : 1962 Jul
Crater Lake currant bears tart red berries. In 1896 Dr. Frederick V. Coville, a Trustee of the National Geographic Society, collected the first specimen of Ribes erythrocarpum. the day that followed will linger in memory as one of pure delight. Cruising slowly around the lake, exploring the caldera walls, our little party seemed quite alone in this vast and incomparable setting. People on the rim were too small to be seen without binoculars, although occasionally, when the breeze died down, their voices float ed to us across the stillness. Bruce lent me his rod, showed me how to cast, and helped me land two rainbow trout. We could watch the fish, deep down, trail the spinners and then strike. The water is so clear that moss has been found 425 feet down. Moss requires sunlight, and the variety found here can live no deeper than 120 feet in most lakes.