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Reflections and Photos from The Big Trip and Beyond . .

Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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July 6, 2017 – Lake Tahoe, CA

Chris and I had a short break and headed to Tahoe City on the shores of Lake Tahoe for a couple days. This is prime wildflower season in the high altitude of the mountains. Nearby was the Tahoe Rim Trail in the national forest which promised a waterfall and a summit view on Twin Peaks. I, of course, wandered so slowly, taking in the beauty and the many flowers that we didn’t make much progress in terms of distance (no waterfall or summit.) But I brought home yet another “photographic bouquet” of wildflowers.





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One with Sea and Wind: Kitesurfing

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Waddell State Beach, CA. July 1, 2017

The wind was stiff and pummeled all the senses. It was risky to take a camera into the blowing sand-filled air but I couldn’t resist. The conditions were also perfect for kitesurfing. There were about twenty kitesurfers on the water at any time and an equal number on the beach, resting themselves and their brightly colored wings.

At times the flying kites looked like a dozen crescent moons filling the sky. Some kitesurfers disappeared offshore while others preferred to play in the breaking waves near the beach. Most surfers raced across the water’s surface, but a few took it to the next level, leaving gravity behind and becoming airborne.

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