OK, JohnBoy, enough with the mountain/lake/boat pictures already… Well this spot has a special significance.
Because of it’s location, this area is a rare treat for birdwatchers. The Cascade Lakes (you are looking at Elk Lake) separate the High Desert to the east and the big mountains to the west (the three Sisters, Broken Mountain, Bachelor and others) and it attracts birds from both environments. So you may see desert birds and mountain birds together. Migratory and resident birds together. Water and land birds together. And so on.
Also, the desert to the east of this lake gets an average of 12 inches of rain per year, whereas the mountains to the west get A HUNDRED and twelve inches of rain.