Lake Tahoe CA: spring & autumn

The magnificent Lake Tahoe,  beautiful any day of the week, any week of the year. Snowy mountains and sandy beaches, log cabins and piers.

Looking past the trunk of a tree to the harsh mountain landscape around Emerald Bay, snowy and rocky, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaBeneath a lamp lies the last of the snow, outside a log-cabin built by Tahoe's turn-of-the-century rich and famous at Tallac, Lake Tahoe, California

Looking past the trunk of a tree to the harsh mountain landscape around Emerald Bay, snowy and rocky; Beneath a lamp lies the last of the snow, outside a log-cabin built by Tahoe’s turn-of-the-century rich and famous at Tallac.

The silhouette of twin trees on the sand at Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaA private pier on the still lake at Tahoe Vista, not unusual here, Lake Tahoe, California

The silhouette of twin trees on the sand at Kings Beach; A private pier on the still lake at Tahoe Vista, not unusual at Tahoe.

On the final Sunday in November, people converge on the shoreline of the sparkling lake at Kings Beach enjoying the last warm days, Lake Tahoe, California

On the final Sunday in November, people converge on the shoreline of the sparkling lake at Kings Beach enjoying the last warm days.

Old weatherboard houses along the railway line in Truckee, with a winter tree out the front that's just beginning to shoot new spring leaves, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaThe front of the Old West-style historic Truckee Hotel, Lake Tahoe, California

Old weatherboard houses along the railway line in Truckee, with a winter tree out the front that’s just beginning to shoot new spring leaves; The front of the Old West-style historic Truckee Hotel.

Two young families meet on the beach at Kings Beach for a chat and a play, fathers, mothers and children, Lake Tahoe, California

Two young families meet on the beach at Kings Beach for a chat and a play, fathers, mothers and children.

Where the forest meets the beach, Moon Dunes at Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaLate afternoon and a family plays along the rocky shoreline at the edge of a very low lake at Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California

Where the forest meets the beach, Moon Dunes at Tahoe Vista; Late afternoon and a family plays along the rocky shoreline at the edge of a very low lake at Kings Beach.

Though it's getting cooler in the late afternoon, a family enjoys the last warm days relaxing and playing by the lake before snow at Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, California

Though it’s getting cooler in the late afternoon, a family enjoys the last warm days relaxing and playing by the lake before snow at Kings Beach.

A rough log fence amongst the colourful sand dunes at Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaPine cones on the beach and sparkling blue water, only here, Lake Tahoe, California

A rough log fence amongst the colourful sand dunes at Tahoe Vista; Pine cones on the beach and sparkling blue water, only at Lake Tahoe.

Pine cones in the sand dunes at Moon Dunes, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaHints of the summer, blue skies and yachts on the beach at Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, California

Pine cones in the sand dunes at Moon Dunes; Hints of the summer, blue skies and yachts on the beach at Tahoe Vista.

Looking across the still waters of the lake to the sunset mountains, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaHouses amongst the pine trees on the beach at Tahoe Vista in the golden light of a setting sun, Lake Tahoe, California

Looking across the still waters of the lake to the sunset mountains; Houses amongst the pine trees on the beach at Tahoe Vista in the golden light of a setting sun.

Beyond the pine trees two stand up paddlers enjoy a peaceful pink sunset on the lake at Tahoe Vista, Lake Tahoe, California

Beyond the pine trees two stand up paddlers enjoy a peaceful pink sunset on the lake at Tahoe Vista.

The steep highway make it's way  through the pine forest and up the mountains at Emigrant Gap, with the last of the snow still hanging on to the mountain peaks, Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaAn old shingle house with a wooden deck out over the Truckee River, Lake Tahoe, California

The steep highway make it’s way  through the pine forest and up the mountains at Emigrant Gap, with the last of the snow still hanging on to the mountain peaks; An old shingle house with a wooden deck out over the Truckee River.

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