You can't beat the look of Crater Lake on a sunny day, with the light turning the lake a bluer blue that you've ever seen before. But second to that is Crater Lake in storm. Brooding clouds, curtains of rain, snow sifted over the ramparts, shades of colors on the surface of the water as the wind moves across it, these make for a dramatic and interesting image. I took this particular photo from the top of Dutton Peak in September, at the end of the summer season, as the first of the winter storms started moving in; it actually snowed on us as we hiked back down from the top. For me, the small image of the ranger in the foreground, hands in his pockets, watching the storm, adds a human dimension to the dramatic landscape.
Here's another storm picture I like, this one as seen from Watchman Peak.