The images for this past week both come from Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States and the largest alpine lake in North America, and I am fortunate that it is only a 4 hour drive to reach some of its south shores.
In the summer the sunrise is pretty early so you want to be looking at Emerald Bay by 5:30 AM to see if the dawn colors will amount to much. Some clouds would have made this image stunning in places where the pre-sunrise colors would bounce back onto the scene. But I settled for the subtle orange that was present.
Since Lake Tahoe itself is so large the view of this beautiful bay gives you more opportunity for calm water. Lake Tahoe has 72 miles of shoreline, although not all visible or accessible from the route around the lake. It is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. “The water is so clear that a 10 inch white dinner plate would be visible at 78 feet below the surface.” (Visitor’s Bureau)
Because the snow melt in the Sierra Mountains around Tahoe was so late this year there are still plenty of wildflowers at 6,000 feet and above. Some you can drive right up to as in the case of this wonderful unfolding Mariposa Lily which you can find at in the great Basin at low, mid and high elevation (below timberline). When the three rounded petals open you see black or maroon chevrons above the nectar glands.
I used my 18 – 200 mm lens mounted on my tripod (of course) and then used a diffuser between the bright sun and my subject and background to make the light more even. Also I added a little light which bounced off my silver diffuser. I never use the gold side of the diffuser with a white flower because it makes it too “yellow.”
Take a look at the Tahoe Outdoor Recreational GUIDE for some location ideas!