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The view of Emerald Bay is visible from the road. Van Sickle Park is right behind the Marriott. The socks are manufactured by Sock it to Me, a company owned by a young woman I met on my last trip to Kauai, early in 2014. Number 8 is typical of the older cabins around Tahoe. If you visit Lake Tahoe when school is out, expect to see a lot of children.
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Heavenly is the main ski area at Lake Tahoe. In summer the trails are strewn with rocks and logs. Tons of snow must fall before the slopes are open. A gondola runs from right next to the Marriott to the 9,150 foot level and a chair lift adds about another 1,000 feet. Further small elevation gains are possible with a short hike.
To reach lake Angora follow a complex set of directions from South Lake Tahoe. The final turn is not marked and the first 100 yards of that road looks impassable. Along the way signs warn the parking lot may be full. You will need $7 in cash or a check to place in an envelope for parking. Follow that with a short hike up the hill and you reach Lane Angora.
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Genoa is the oldest settlement in Nevada boasting the oldest saloon and oldest home, the pink house. It seems the saloon is so old that it has lost its original name. The bloody Marys are supposed to be famous. The guys on Harleys started in Reno and would circle Lake Tahoe before returning to Reno that evening.
I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time I hiked down into it any real distance. It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a different perspective than what is viewed from the rim. My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job. They were photographed before the hike. Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).
The line for the title of this post is from a movie, Dune. Yes, I confess to being a science fiction fan. I also spend a disproportionate time in coastal areas, wetlands, on, or under the water. These photos are from Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. As I shot these there were literally thousands of tourists crowding this place. Somehow I managed to work around the crowds. This collection ranges from offbeat landscapes, to semi abstract and totally abstract water images.
Plitvice is a complex of lakes connected by waterfalls. Perhaps the white noise and spray generated by the falls were my favorite sensations, but there was lots to see and photograph. In some of these I imagine the visions of underwater creatures of an alien world. The park gets crowded, but with effort it is possible to work around the hordes of bus tourists.
One of the things to do while staying in Lake Bled or Ljubljana is a drive up into the alps and Triglav National Park. There are over 50 switchbacks, each one numbered and with precise distance markings. After leaving the park I made it back to Bled on twisty, narrow mountain roads. For a 20k section the power steering in my rented VW stopped working, rendering the vehicle almost undrivable. I asked the rental company for an exchange car, but they would not give me one without charge, their excuse being the power steering started working again.
“The Bells” reminded me of the famous Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, Colorado. The Skiers were getting ready to hike up the snow covered mountain to make a downhill run. That is dedication.
For a while I took off my trusted 24-120 f/4 VR zoom and shot with an ultra wide 20 f/2.8 AF both on a Nikon D800.