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24 May 2009 @ 10:05 pm
Tahoe and Lassen  
It's been a crazy weekend. Traveling to Tahoe and Lassen National Park meant new places added to my list of travel destinations in the US, but spending so much time on the road meant that both places weren't satisfactorily experienced. There's always next time. However, this was my very first trip to an active volcanic area and I'm intrigued by Lassen National Park. The park still has a lot of snow and the main road through the park is closed, so maybe a trip in the summer is a must-do. Anyway, enough words, time for the pictures.

View from Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

A busy day in Tahoe

An Osprey hangs out around Lake Almanor

And because I had some time, here's an HDR image. American Pelican on Eagle Lake

A Yellow Pine Chipmunk in Lassen NP

A female Cassin's Finch in Lassen NP

The sight that greets visitors who get to Lassen via the southern entrace

Sulphur spring

What's boiling?

Sulphur springs.

The area around Sulphur springs

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on May 25th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Yay, you finally did it. I told you that you would like Lassen. Try towards the end of June. The roads should be open, but you will still get the snow and lots of the tiny lakes will still have some amazingly coloured ice on them, but there will also be wildflowers and the geothermal activity as well.
Yathinyathin on May 25th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Now that I've seen a little bit of Lassen, I surely want to go during the summer! :-)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on May 25th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Listen to me, I know the national and state parks of the West!
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on May 25th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
That Chipmunk is sooo cute!
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on May 25th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind getting lost in a place (2nd pic) like this, with Tom Hanks or Harrison Ford around :P

Beautiful set!!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on May 27th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Heh! Heh!
iblog93: grey heronavocett on May 25th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Amazing photos , looks like an incredibly beautiful place !
Mel: Heronkendokamel on May 25th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
How beautiful! It makes me want to go!
Yathinyathin on May 25th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Tahoe or Lassen?
Melkendokamel on May 25th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Both (;
Sealsealwhiskers on May 25th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
I love the pic of the pelican! Did you know that two years ago, we saw a pelican swimming in the Boulder Reservoir (fake lake aimed to provide us with water). Where the heck did he come from? We are so much inland it's not even funny, did he fly over the mountains??
Yathinyathin on May 25th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I think the White Pelicans are found all over the US. The Brown pelicans are the ones that stick to the seas and the coast.
Arunbirdonthewire on May 25th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Not sure what an HDR image is, but that looks more like a painting than a photo. Gorgeous, really!
kejnkejn on May 25th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
i can practically smell the sulphur! (oh wait, that was just me farting.) :)

tahoe lake really is BLUE, huh...

what goodie did the sparrow find to chew on, i wonder? (looks big)

and i'm still not comfortable with the HDR. :)

Yathinyathin on May 25th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Tahoe is real blue! And that's why it is sooooo popular (of course, it could also be because half of it is in Nevada and there are casinos on the border ;-)
summer_jackelsummer_jackel on May 25th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, those are wonderful. I am particularly fond of osprey. :)

I love Lassen, and backpack in the nearby Trinity Alps frequently. Hopefully, you'll have an opportunity to spend more time there at some point and have a less rushed visit. Those are amazing spots.
Yathinyathin on May 26th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm hoping to get there on one of these summer weekends.

Here's a closer shot of the Osprey:
Mel: Heronkendokamel on May 26th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on May 28th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)

Very nice. I too was there at Tahoe last weekend, had some misadventures at hikes on the snow and then went for beautiful waterfalls. I am surprised not to see the Eagle Falls in your series ! You were at Emerald Bay, it takes just 45 mins RT for this hike.

Yathinyathin on May 28th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Hi Summi,

There wasn't any parking available at Eagle Falls trailhead and besides we were too hungry to try it out. So, we went straight to South Lake Tahoe from Rubicon point to get some food.

depontideponti on May 26th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
This is UNFAIR. Now I want to go to Tahoe and Lassen as well, and you KNOW I cannot spare the time...what amazing pictures..you ARE an artist with your camera Y.
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on May 26th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pics!
Sharathsharathm on May 26th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
amazing photographs... quite inspirational... :)
Subodhsubodhs on May 26th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Seriously, you should flash a badge, like better-than-BBC or somethin'...
Awesome pics!