Lake Tahoe Art and Adventure
Well I’ve done it again and let way too much time lapse between posts. I won’t use it as an excuse, but I have been staying busy this summer both in and out and of the studio.
My most recent activities have included a couple of visits to North Lake Tahoe. The first was a weekend to spend time with family in celebration of a birthday. During these two short days we took a seven mile hike along the lake on the Bliss Rubicon Trail. As usually happens while out in nature, I found myself photographing mosaic inspiration at every turn.
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Beautiful Lake Tahoe from the Bliss Rubicon hiking trail.
Along the lake are some amazing rock formations that looked almost as though they had been intentionally sculpted. Anyone else see Venus is this one? My husband saw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle from another perspective but I didn’t see it.
Healthy trees growing as a result of new sound forest management practices.
I think I feel another water feature coming on.
Rubicon Point Lighthouse at elevation 6,580 ft is the highest lighthouse in North America. It hasn’t functioned for over 80 years and then for only a few years, as costs apparently made it impractical to operate.
Some of the most striking views of Lake Tahoe can be found at Emerald Bay. The source of it’s name is readily apparent. The water is a warm blue green and amazingly clear. Now when I say warm, I’m referring to the colour – the water temperature is another matter.
I love this image. It almost looks like a mosaic already and is providing food for thought for a piece I’m currently working on.
A paddlewheel boat touring Emerald Bay harkens back to an earlier time – at least until another speed boat goes by.
The following day we hit the lake in kayaks. (That’s my toe in the foreground and my husband Jack in the kayak ahead.) The wind and lake effect were stronger that day.
Kayaking is not only a favourite way to get exercise but it’s also a wonderful way to experience nature up close. I usually think of it as a peaceful activity, but in this case we started too close to Tahoe City and found ourselves working to avoid being submerged in the wake of the multiplicity of boats and other contrivances speeding around and above the lake many with audio systems bumping. Let’s just say, it increased the exercise factor.
The birthday celebration was a delightful evening with friends and family, but where I also met a new acquaintance. This meeting not only resulted in fun and interesting conversation but also in my receiving an invitation to apply to participate in an exhibition called “Bits and Pieces” (coincidence?): a show including works in sculpture or mosaic at the North Lake Tahoe Arts Center, a twenty year old non-profit organization that supports the arts in the Truckee-Tahoe communities.
Our next trip to Lake Tahoe was the following weekend to drop off three table that have been included in the exhibition. Jack felt they needed a little polishing.
The show takes place until October 1st, 2012. I hope that if you’re in the neighbourhood you’ll pop in and have a look.