Good morning TE!! Getting a late start today, but have the third installment of my “Northstar Mountain Resort to Watson Lake Hike Series” ready for your viewing. But before I go on I’d like to ask if anyone has checked the Google Maps Track of our Hike last weekend? I’m interested to know what you think. I find that when you zoom in, the trail track spreads out and shows all locations of the hike with statistic’s and elevations. Here is the link, just copy and paste it to your browser;
If you have this opened now, take a look at the straight tracking lines from the beginning of the hike. This is the gondola ride up to the summit, that we missed coming back down (big bummer). You will see parallel to the straight line a curvy track line, which shows us scrambling down the mountain, zigzagging trying to avoid large rock formations and heavy tree lines. Also if you check out the map of our hike you will see where we ended up at Watson Lake where we hike around it to see all that it had to offer.
This photo is of one of many trees that had fallen into the lake. Because of the heavy snows and very strong winds, many trees don’t make it through the winter and fall to the ground and start the putrefaction that feeds the “Sierra Eco System”, completing the cycle of life. I hope you find the photo pleasing. The sun was so bright and was very harsh, keeping me from getting the shot I really wanted. I settled for this wonderful Shadows/Shade to Sunshine photo of a fallen tree half in the lake. After spending some time hiking around the lake we started back, and now that the hike is over, we wished we had left the lake a little sooner, in order to catch the last ride down the mountain on the Zepher Chair Lift. But as you know already………WE MISSED IT!!
Below is a little information on Watson Lake, which is just off the Tahoe Rim Trail, near the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Have a wonderful Thursday everyone………………Buddy & Jenny Denmark
Watson Lake can be found on the Tahoe City USGS quad topo map. Watson Lake is a lake in Placer County in the state of California. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this lake are 39.2249, -120.1374 and the altitude is 7779 feet (2371 meters).
The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) is a 165-mile path that traverses the ridgeline of Lake Tahoe's crown of peaks. This spectacular necklace of trails opened last year, the culmination of two decades of fund-raising and pathfinding. The TRT offers sweeping views of the lake and much of it is accessible to everyone from casual day hikers to hard-core backpackers. In mid-July, it is ablaze with wildflowers; in September and October, with fall foliage. In most years, the trail can be traveled by mid-June.
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aliabazari (16091) 2012-07-05 12:36
Hi, Dear Buddy
This record was beautifully done. It has good lighting and excellent composition. Very beautiful and lovely.
Thanks and regards
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2012-07-05 15:20
absolutly fabulous! superb low pov, wonderful composition and light manegement. also i checked your 20 km hiking destination, it seems really interesting and worth to see. thx for your informal note too. my compliments and tfs.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-07-05 15:29
Very nice composition and great POV.Very nice details and lightning.Also very nice framing.Nice job!
Sonata11 (33717) 2012-07-05 19:49
very beautiful picture and execution is perfect , mangement of colors, light, sharpness, clarity, POV are fabulous. I like this image from the great POV and it is pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing your information note of hiking. The distance is kind of long way. Seems to me very interesting way to hiking. My congratulation. Awesome photo job.
All the best,
emka (89373) 2012-07-05 23:47
Hi Buddy (and Jenny), excellent landscape photo. Beautiful composition with thuis large fallen tree floating on water. Seems a wonderful place for hiking. I like the peaceful atmosphere there.
jhm (146618) 2012-07-06 4:15
How can a simple subject are so lovely.
Perspective and depth are pleasant.
Sharp and clarity are perfect taken.
Nice composition good captured.
Excellent presentation, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Miguel82 (27024) 2012-07-06 4:20
An interesting focus on this old tree in decomposition
I like the reeds and the lake there
Sharp photo, fine colors and contrast
Excellent presentation, nice framing
ikeharel (65205) 2012-07-06 5:07
Nice POV in compo., pic. is divided on lightened river and other side bank, and the dark, almost in blue dominanace FG.
Fine details along.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-07-06 5:23
Ola Buddy ,
Bela composição com este velho tronco em decomposição neste lago , a foto ficou com uma profundidade fantástica , lindos reflexos de fundo , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
eldancer1 (33901) 2012-07-06 9:15
Nature's life cycle! Unfortunately sometimes insects destroys more trees than natural disasters. I like the use of the shadows to create depth. Good dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
photoray (13725) 2012-07-06 10:06
Good natural composition and 'decomposition'.
Interesting view with Nature's rebirth and creation.
Squaw Valley also has a summer tram for free if hikers can make it to the top by hiking. It also leaves early, last return to the Valley is 4 pm.
Silvio1953 (133778) 2012-07-08 9:17
Ciao Buddy, fascinating shoot with fantastic reflections, lovely natural ambientation, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (56014) 2012-07-13 3:46
Hi dear Buddy
An original and very attractive piece of photography. I do, however think that instead of composing the shot with the log running right up the centre of the frame, you could have framed it slightly off-centre or at a diagonal running from either of the foreground corners. But this is probably just a personal taste thing. The light has again been managed quite well with the harsh light in the BG and the deep shade in the FG. You did really well to still be able to bring out the details in the tree trunk. A lovely photo, beautiful reflections and a very calming image.
Have a great weekend
jemaflor (91279) 2012-07-15 9:47
Light is well managed with this fg in the shadows, great depth effect, tfs.
COSTANTINO (61415) 2012-07-23 9:23
shot with superb low pov,
almost perfect composition welldone
and wellseen,thanks for sharing
your information about all this
the distance is kind of long way