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Lake Tahoe, Natural Beauty in all seasons
Outstanding Natural Beauty
Big Water The Jewel of the Sierras
Lake Tahoe is a beautiful Alpine lake set at 6250 ft in the Sierras It is just over half an hour drive from Reno, Nevada. The lake itself, is shared by California and Nevada. It is a spot on the elbow of the map outline of Nevada.The lake is about 12 miles across and 22 miles long and the tenth deepest lake in the world. The amazing thing about Lake Tahoe is the wonderful clarity of the water and the sheer beauty of its surroundings.
All four seasons are enjoyed at the lake even though Summer is little short and relatively cool. Winter is a wonderland of snow and ice, Spring is riot of wild flowers and Fall shows seams of yellow Aspen glowingly displaying the creeks that run down into the lake. There is no outlet to the sea, instead the Truckee River runs into Pyramid Lake in the desert north of Reno. It leaves Lake Tahoe via Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City so called because people bend over the parapet to look at the huge trout swimming in the pools below. Many people hire rafts to drift down the river to the River Ranch near Alpine Meadows and beyond.
In Spring the Aspens are so intensely green that they are almost painful to behold. As the snow recedes out pop the delicate Alpine flowers, tiny blue lupins, white phlox and mariposa lillies, yellow kingcups in damp meadows and majestic, poisonous delphiniums line the foot paths.
Summer is a time when the mountains loose their snow cover and take on a more imposing craggy appearance. The cool mountains are a retreat for people from the roasting hot valleys below. It is rare for the temperatures to exceed 80' F.
Here are some photographs taken on walks around Tahoe with dog walk-ons by Otis or Sasha the white wolf, owned by my friend Sean who took many of these photographs and has allowed me to share them with you.