Fall in Northern California is something special. I am unapologetic about photographing every leaf around Lake Tahoe…
When will I tire of standing on a hill and looking down to the bottom of the lake??
We were a little disappointed the day was so overcast. The white clouds gave a cast to the lake that took away its brilliant blue hue.
You can see every pebble on the bottom.
As Hannah and I ooo’d and ahh’d, I realized Scott was no longer with us. I started looking around and found this curious site…
He found a treasure. 🙂
There are a few years between these two pictures, but the look-what-I-found enthusiasm is just the same!
After spending some time around the northern part of the lake (my favorite spot), we drove along the edge – along MANY winding, hairpin curves – to the southern part of the lake. Emerald Bay is a big touristy spot so there are always lots of people around. We lucked out that there weren’t as many as when we were here in August.
(Did I mention it was a really windy day?!)
We stopped to walk on a beach front off the lake. It’s hard to beat beach sand, clear water and mountains in the distance.
Autumn in northern California is a thing of beauty and contrast.
There was a kid’s playground we had a little fun with too…
Hannah and I walked a beautiful trail from the beach over to a dock area for some more pictures of the lake. It’s hard to stop finding new vistas and new jaw-dropping views.
I mostly try to wait and take pictures of the scenery without cars in the way. But sometimes it’s good to see the vast size difference between ‘regular life’ and nature.
The nearby wildfires were also evident. As the sun set, the hazy smoke in the sky became more and more apparent.
Another day of magnificent granite rock and pine trees unbelievably tall and so long you can hardly bend back far enough to see it all. The aspens were making a spectacular show of things too!
The drive was picture perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better day of brilliant color, cool temperatures and memory-making views.