November 26, 2011

Just off the beaten path – Independence Lake

Independence Lake Sign

Independence lake sign

Independence Lake

Independence Lake

From the Nature Conservancy Website…

On May 11, 2010, The Nature Conservancy announced that Independence Lake, one of the most pristine alpine lakes west of the Rockies, and the majestic wilderness that surrounds it will remain protected from development following the sale of the land to The Nature Conservancy by longtime owner NV Energy.

Read Full article here: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/california/explore/independence-lake-protecting-an-alpine-treasure.xml

Located about 25 miles north of Truckee in the Sierra Mountains of Northern California is where this pristine lake is located. I had read an article in the local paper about the purchase and was anxious to take a few images. The lake is located on a gravel summer season road and is accessible to car travel. Currently the conveniences are limited to picnic tables, porta potties and some boats. I have now made the trip up to the lake three times and have taken many photos in color and black and white. As I have written in previous postings I now take all images in digital color but some are more suited to be finished as black and white. Most of my work is in black and white but some times when seeing images in color I just have to push the button as I can not resist the urge to capture the moment!  

If in the area bring your camera and lunch and be prepared for some beautiful mountain views. Be sure to check the website for when the area is open to the public. The road is only open after the snow melts!

gary