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Winter Trip Stop 1: LAKE TAHOE

Last week, a friend and I started out on a driving trip.  Our plan was to follow scenic routes everyday and stop occasionally looking for birds.  Since a major storm was supposed to arrive in the state about two days after we hit the road, we knew that we might be held up by rain or snow at some point.  But as one of my aunts used to say, “We would play it by ear.”

We were so lucky!  The storm hit as expected, but all around us rather than on us.  Our first scenic drive was to leave Sacramento, taking U. S. Route 50 up to South Lake Tahoe and then along the lake for a bit, heading back to Sacramento via I-80.  We knew we would see snow in the area from earlier storms—and we did.  The drive was gorgeous!  The day after we visited, a major snowstorm hit the area, creating white-out conditions and closing roads.

It was a sunny day with a bright blue sky punctuated by fluffy white clouds.

Our drive-up U. S. Route 50 to Lake Tahoe was spectacular.

As we neared the lake, some smoke was evident in the skies from controlled burns.

Lake Tahoe is always impressive.

Lake Tahoe sits at 6,225 feet, straddling the border between California and Nevada.  It is the largest alpine lake in North America, coming in sixth behind the Great Lakes for the largest lake by volume (122,160,280 acre-feet).  Its depth is 1,645 feet, second only to Oregon’s Crater Lake (1,949 feet).  Besides all that detail, it is simply breath-taking.

This bear seemed to be the official greeter at South Lake Tahoe, waving us on as we headed back to the hotel.

Heading home to the hotel, the sky was still blue.

By the end of the day, the clouds were starting to darken a bit.

It was a terrific day!

 

LANDSCAPES

I love landscapes.

Most of my posts are about my travels out into nature—and those trips give me many opportunities to admire vast and beautiful landscapes.  This past week, I was out traveling but not to any well known, impressive locations.  The landscapes I saw were nothing like my favorite views from places like Yosemite, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon or even Bryce Canyon National Park.

But last week’s landscapes were glorious, even if they were more muted, subtle.  My trip took me into Northern California and a bit into Southern Oregon.  The plan was to scout out some birds and travel some scenic routes.  I will share more details about my trip over the next several weeks.  But here are some landscapes that show the desolation and splendor of some of the mountain roads and open marsh lands I traveled along.

Not living in the mountains, I always enjoy a snowy landscape.

Anytime of year, Lake Tahoe is a wondrous sight.

This marsh was near Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

Along I-5, I was able to see Priscilla, Dragon Queen of the Sierras.  I’ve shared about her and the talented artist who created her before.  On this trip—although still a bit cloudy and dreary—Mt. Shasta can be seen in the distance.

A better view of the top of Mt. Shasta.

The Tulelake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges offered views of some great marshland.

This is my entry for the Lens Artist Photo Challenge 31 Landscape.

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