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Lake Tahoe Basin, Summer Storms and Valley Heat

A quick early Summer trip to the Lake Tahoe Basin surprised us with cool, wet weather, spectacular cloudy days, some wildlife, and extreme heat through the Central Valley. The difficulty photographing the area is the number of visitors prowling around. Perhaps due to the weather, or the one-week-before-the-fourth-of-July the crowds were avoidable. Early mornings on the lake are always a treat, as were the views between storms. The Central Valley was cooking as we passed through.

Full super moon rising over the Sierra

Light playing through a clearing storm across the lake

Pier posts from the past.

Layers of Pine Trees

Hiding from the dogs, a yearling black bear waits us out.

Scratching for grubs in the rain

Flicker feeding in the forest service building

Skunk Harbor window detail

Some fine Truckee accommodations

An afternoon storm builds above the Tahoe Meadows lupines

Pier, King's Beach

Secret beach, that's the name, and there are 100 people here by midday

Sunrise Calm

Four Rocks, Sunday Morning

Granite and Blue Water

6 AM, Northeast shore

Three Pines

106 degrees near Stockton
Highway 5


  1. Lovely album..the afternoon storm over the Tahoe Meadows is simply superb! Thanks for sending the link Skip!

  2. I love the afternoon storm over the Tahoe Meadows as well... color and amazing clouds ! Stunning.
    Granite and Blue , really caught my attention...simplicity and texture.. !


lives on the Central Coast of California. These photographs are an attempt to share the story of a place, a person, a moment as it happens. Sit back, take a deep breath, and spend some time enjoying the images.