Pristine Lake Tahoe

It was the colours of Lake Tahoe that I found most fascinating. We first spotted the Lake from the mountain roads that led to South Lake Tahoe. The lake was...

Lake Tahoe

It was the colours of Lake Tahoe that I found most fascinating. We first spotted the Lake from the mountain roads that led to South Lake Tahoe. The lake was several miles away but we could see a bluish green surface from the distance. However, when we were finally driving through Lake Tahoe Boulevard, we found that the blue and green were much more distinct than just the bluish-green colour we saw from afar.  From there we could see that it was green towards the banks and blue in the middle.

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe from Lake Tahoe Boulevard

Later when we were actually by its banks, we found that its colours and shades were even more  interesting. There was a little brown at the beach and then it got green. A little further away the lake became blue and got bluer towards the middle till it turned white, probably due to the sandy beach on the far bank on the other side. Completing this scene was the snowy mountain range that bordered this lake. Picture perfect!

Just look at this:

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

Lovely Lake Tahoe, which lies in the Sierra Nevada is the largest of Alpine lakes (lakes above 5000 ft) in the whole of North America and the second deepest in the United States of America. The water here is so clear that you can see the sandy bottom where it is shallow. Check out the picture on the right and you will believe me.

They say this lake is as clear as it is, because of the extremely low temperatures here. Thanks to the coldness of the water in this high-altitude lake, the growth of algae is completely ruled out, keeping Lake Tahoe blue and pristine.

Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe from Ski Run Marina, South Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe from Zephyr Cove Beach, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe from Round Hill Pine Beach and Marina, South Lake Tahoe, also on the Nevada side.

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38 Comments on this post.
  • Sugato Tripathy
    19 August 2012 at 5:41 am

    just love the blue color of the lake with the backdrop of snow clad mountains….must be quite cold !!

    • dNambiar
      20 August 2012 at 3:30 am

      It's amazing Sugato. It has several shades of blue. Yeah it's cold in the winter. These pictures are from last May (yeah, snow even in May :); the weather was pleasant during the day but the evenings were pretty cold.
      Nice to see you here, Sugato :)Do come again. 🙂

  • R Niranjan Das
    30 November 2012 at 8:54 am

    Wow!! Lake Tahoe looks gorgeous. Those pristine blue waters are inviting. The mountain in the background makes it all the more magnificent. Nice shots Divya.

    • dNambiar
      30 November 2012 at 7:11 pm

      It's a great place, Niranjan. We hope to visit this place again this winter, when it's at its snowy best. 🙂
      Thank you, Niranjan.

  • Akshay Kumar G
    30 November 2012 at 10:43 am

    So clear and beautiful. Absolutely loved the pictures. Would love to buy a beach house over there someday. 😀

    • dNambiar
      30 November 2012 at 7:14 pm

      It really is a very beautiful place, Akshay. It's a great place to have a vacation home in. :)When we went on a cruise on the lake, I remember the captain pointing out some very famous homes around here.

  • magiceye
    30 November 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Gorgeous captures!

    • dNambiar
      30 November 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you Magiceye. This is a gorgeous lake and it is blessed with awesome surroundings too.

  • Swapna
    30 November 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Pristine and pretty. The pictures capture it all Divya.

    • dNambiar
      30 November 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you Swapna. It's super-clean because it's a high-altitude lake. I hope it remains like this forever. 🙂

  • Bikramjit
    30 November 2012 at 4:53 pm

    it looks so lovely and pure .. awesome beautiful pictures .. thanks for sharing


    • dNambiar
      30 November 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Pure, it is Bikram. Now this is a place you must visit if you're visiting California. 🙂

  • umashankar
    1 December 2012 at 2:08 am

    They say both heaven and hell are here on the earth. Thank you for taking us to many heavens, Divya. As for hell, one simply needs to stand by the Mithi river in Mumbai. (Incidentally, 'Mithi' is the Hindi for 'sweet'.)

    • dNambiar
      4 December 2012 at 12:47 am

      So true, USP.

      It's an absolute pleasure to show you these beautiful places. I'm so glad you like them. Don't you wish you could take your Nikon and go for a nice long walk along the lake? 🙂

      Ouch! I just looked up some pictures. Now either the name of that river of the meaning of Mithi needs to be changed. The place is in a really sorry state.

  • Pattu Raj
    1 December 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Pristine it is. Thanks for those wonderful photographs.

    At the same time, one wants to wish that our lakes, we have so many, also could be like this!!Whom to blame?

    • dNambiar
      4 December 2012 at 12:48 am

      Thank you maam. 🙂

      I know — it's really sad.

  • deepak kripal
    2 December 2012 at 12:27 am

    WOW.. that is all I can say DN.. it is indeed pristine.. great shots..
    keep clicking

    • dNambiar
      4 December 2012 at 12:50 am

      Isn't it! 🙂
      Yes sir. Will do that. 🙂

      Btw welcome here, Deepak. 🙂

  • TTT
    2 December 2012 at 10:35 am

    wow …its sooooo….beautiful !!!!

    • dNambiar
      4 December 2012 at 12:51 am

      It really is a lovely place, TTT.

  • Meoww
    3 December 2012 at 10:09 am

    The snow clad mountains, the pine trees and clear blue water. What a spot!

    • dNambiar
      4 December 2012 at 12:51 am

      What a combo, right? 🙂

  • A Homemaker’s Utopia
    4 December 2012 at 2:17 am

    Wow..Just loved the place Divya…:-) Wonderful photographs..:-)

    • dNambiar
      14 December 2012 at 12:52 am

      Thank you Nagini. 🙂

  • Ghazala Hossain
    4 December 2012 at 6:07 am

    Ah, just pure bliss..

    • dNambiar
      14 December 2012 at 12:53 am

      Ah yes. And I just got back from trip 2 to this place. 🙂

  • Nevin
    13 December 2012 at 3:22 am

    Sometimes I wish we could swap places. 🙂

    • dNambiar
      14 December 2012 at 12:55 am

      Honestly I wouldn't mind that. There's a lot more I want to see of Kerala. When I move back, I'm gonna seriously explore the land. 🙂

  • AmitAag
    10 January 2013 at 6:40 am

    Oh it's Divine! Lovely pics:) Thank you Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      11 February 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Divine indeed, I visited this place again and saw it from another angle. Too good!! Shall put up some pics, soon. 🙂

  • Kiran
    9 February 2013 at 11:54 am

    One of my to-go destinations for sure. That background is sure inviting. One day I'll ski there.
    Nice pics.

    • dNambiar
      11 February 2013 at 11:25 pm

      Long time, Kiran.
      It is a really scenic place. You'll love skiing here. You should see the lake from the gondola. It's simply beautiful.

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    13 April 2016 at 12:21 pm

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