Nevada's state park Sand Harbor on the east shore of Lake Tahoe is a fine place to visit. The resources of Tahoe were prized by Native Americans long before Europeans discovered it. The Washo tribe spent summers at Sand Harbor fishing, hunting and gathering.
In the early 1880s, lumber baron Walter Scott Hobart cut trees down around the east side of the lake, then towed them by steam ship, then transferred by rail to a sawmill in Incline. After processing the lumber was hauled by a tramway 4,000 feet over the mountains to be carried to the rich Comstock Lode mines in Virginia City.
With the rampant cutting of Tahoe's forest, by the 1890s the lumber source moved to north west Tahoe at Truckee. Hobart's son inheriting his father's wealth spent it on a lavish life style. Frank Fuller of the paint company purchased Sand Harbor in the early 1920s. Then in the early 1930s, George Whittell Jr. wealthy San Franciscan bought the area.
In 1958 the elderly Whittell reluctantly sold Sand Harbor to the State of Nevada for public use.
Today Sand Harbor is a popular park with more than a million visitors annually.
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williewhistler (12038) 2013-10-15 6:40
clear blue sky,azure water and a sandy beach complete with ripples,judging by your nicely balanced shot it`s easy to see why this should be such a popular location.
The long evening shadows add an extra dimension to the well captured scene.
goodwill (4224) 2013-10-15 9:28
Its the transparency and the clarity in the foreground as well as the background which I enjoy watching this landscape.
Silvio1953 (114861) 2013-10-15 10:44
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic lake, fascinating trasparences, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
siudzi (31617) 2013-10-15 10:59
Oh, what a beautiful place you have visited and photographed! Impressive landscape post achieved here with excellent exposure and color management. Well done! TFS.
delpeoples (52155) 2013-10-15 23:06
What an idyllic scene, those cool green and blue tones setting the mood so well. I feel nothing but calmness when I look at this. The textures in the sand below the water are my favourite element in the image. Beautiful chromatic rendering and light management, and a great note.
Thanks for sharing
Noel_Byrne (19939) 2013-10-16 0:35
Coming from a place where water tends to be grey and murky, or at best brown, its always cool to see water like this that you can straight through to the bottom. Not only that, but the designs and lines of the sand at the bottom are very cool. Beautiful blue tones and the strong vertical lines of the trees are an excellent addition to the verticals of the sand. Cool shot!
ikeharel (51305) 2013-10-16 2:24
Marvelous blue sky and daylight reflected on water surface, Ray, and the FG show its transparency.
The lakeside beach looks as charming location along the shors.
saxo042 (36630) 2013-10-16 7:52
The beautiful pattern that the waves create in the sand in the shallow water is perfectly captured. A very beautiful and pleasant shore here. Looks very peaceful here.
gervaso (9339) 2013-10-17 9:49
Beautiful landscape with these wonderful reflections on the water! The colors are beautiful, and very good light management too! Wonderful composition! Really well done!
elenimavrandoni (14161) 2013-10-17 21:15
Ray, Tahoe is one favorite place with great natural beauty and for the amazing winter scapes when it snows..so beautiful and so peaceful...nice to see a summer shot from Tahoe, very nice panoramic angle and fabulous clarity...
the Aegean has to be a "must" on your traveling list for future reference pls don't miss it..you won't regret...
and in the meantime it will be nice to hang out with you in La Jolla, I used to live in Soledad Mountain and later in UTC area...hard to beat..
mcmtanyel (9947) 2013-10-22 17:53
I love the play between sunny and shady areas in this photo. Another excellent photo that makes me want to to go and put my tootsies in that water - now, don't tell me you were on dry ground when you took this!