Magical Moment at Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Area (10/8/12) Scott McGuire

Sometimes, words are superfluous.  This is one of those times, but what the heck…  Photographer Scott McGuire posts this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the change occurring in the Lake Tahoe area.  We rate this 100% perfection.

10 replies
  1. David Lederman says:

    Will be in Tahoe starting Friday. Where was this shot and any advice for best colo. Prefer north shore. Thanks

    • John Poimiroo says:

      This photograph was taken along Hwy 267 near Northstar-at-Tahoe, although the photographer had a lot to do with how well it came out. His style includes bold statements and bright colorations.

      Tahoe is a tricky place to shoot color. The best color is seen from South Lake Tahoe toward near Fallen Leaf Lake (often shadowed) and along (Hwy 89) toward Emerald Bay. Great color is also seen south of Tahoe in the Hope Valley (Hwy 88 and Hwy 89). There is a little color to be seen near Donner Lake. It brightens north of Truckee on Hwy 89, heading toward Plumas County.

  2. Sue Johnson says:

    I know that spot. I live in Truckee and took some nice photos there last fall. Does anyone know if the color is showing good at the Marlette lake hike out of Spooner, lake tahoe?? thinking of going on monday.

  3. David Lederman says:

    Thanks to all for the info regarding color. I’ll add my bit. We took a 200-mile-plus trip today north of Tahoe. The route was 89 north to Satterly. Then A23 (Beckwourth-Calpine Rd) to Beckwourth. From Beckwourth we took the Beckwourth Genesee Rd. and turned off onto the paved highway (Tahoe 70?) in the direction of Milford on 395. Missed the turn at Doyle’s Crossing, which worked out alright because we ended up on a road 3 miles from Antelope Antelope Lake. Took Antelope Lake Rd to Taylorville and the Greenville. From Greenville it was all the way back to Truckee on 89.

    So, here are my comments. Overall the color was weak. There were certain spots, however, that made the trip worthwhile. First, before reaching Antelope Lake from the east, there is a huge burn out of trees. In the valley area there are numerous aspen in full color. This was the best color on the drive and the contrast with the burn is stunning.

    Second, on Antelope Rd about one mile from the spillway going towards Taylorville, there was a fine display of oranges, yellows, and some small amounts of red. You have to get off the highway and walk down to the river. It was really beautiful.

    Third, further down the road, south of Greenville just before Indian Falls are wonderful rocks and the river is fantastic. Color is mediocre, but the river is great. This is just before Indian Falls. There was additional color on 89 between Sierraville and Truckee, especially along the Little Truckee River. Quincy’s famed trees were just turning. Monday, we will head to Fallen Leaf and Hope Valley and be hopeful.

    • John Poimiroo says:

      Great report, David. It’s helpful to include an estimate of the percentage of change, also the types of trees seen, though this is very helpful. It looks like Plumas County backroads are coming into their own!

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