The Eastern Sierras, Part 3: Lundy Canyon and Lake Tahoe

Following up on Part 2 from my trip to the Eastern Sierras, my next destination was the Lundy Canyon and Lake Tahoe.

Not a whole lot of time to write about what adventures I had since I’m boarding a plane to ITALY in a few hours!

Needless to say, after a few days of hiking I was pretty worn out. With about a day and a half left, I decided to do a day hike to Lundy Canyon before booking it to Lake Tahoe before my flight from Reno the following morning.

I usually perform photography during “magic hour” – sunrise or sunset, since it’s the best time of day for soft beautiful colors. Given that I was in the White Mountains the day before and on a flight the next day, it just wasn’t feasible. So, I went on a day hike into Lundy Canyon.

This is one of those times when the feeling mattered much more than the shot. What a great hike! Mid 70s, a warm breeze, and an amazing canyon filled with waterfalls, tall trees, wildflowers, and interesting rocks. I later made it to this waterfall, which was surrounded by fragrant yellow wildflowers (the shot just didn’t materialize).


Blue sky over Lundy Canyon.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, f/13, 1/6 sec, ISO 100, 2 shot panorama

I hiked out of the canyon, into my car, and drove straight to Lake Tahoe. After 3 hours, I finally arrived and began exploring the area. Many of you have heard of Tahoe before, as I have. I thought it was some sort of entertainment hub — not the beautiful freshwater lake it is. I came upon Sandy Point Harbor and did note the many people there, but couldn’t help but appreciate the beautiful scene of large boulders displaced from the mountain and deposited at the shore. I pointed west, hoping for some color, but was instead intrigued by the rays of light as they played around the boulders.

Sunset at Sandy Point Harbor in Lake Tahoe

Sunset at Sandy Point Harbor in Lake Tahoe.
Nikon D800, Nikon 14-24, f/20, 1/6 sec, ISO 100, 2 shots to control flare

So ends my images from the Eastern Sierras. Next up, ITALY!

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