Tree Skeletons, Partly Cloudy Skies

North Upper Truckee Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA

In between morning and late afternoon photo sessions of Fall Colors in Hope Valley, I made a side trip to see if there were any colors on Hwy 89 and Luther Pass, and ended up in South Lake Tahoe before getting lost and coming upon a scene of tree destruction!

(Click through the image to see 700px of burnt wood)

So the plan was to make a side-trip through Luther Pass to Lake Tahoe and visit the spawning salmon at Taylor Creek, which I eventually did, but not before ending up on Lake Tahoe Drive and into an area of nice homes.  After driving a few blocks, an area opens up to the scene shown in the photo.  Utter tree destruction.

After further research online, I realized I was in the middle of the remains of the 2007 Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe.  A total of 242 homes and 67 commercial structures were destroyed while the fire scorched 3,100 acres and was finally extinguished after 17 days.

A few online articles and videos of the fire:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 62mm, ISO 100, 1/20 sec, f/13

Tree Skeletons, Partly Cloudy Skies.  South Lake Tahoe, California. October 05, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


2 thoughts on “Tree Skeletons, Partly Cloudy Skies

    1. Thanks Robin. I very infrequently try street photography, but it’s definitely out of my comfort zone. It’s great to see the progression of your photographs and the captions that come with them. You’re definitely engaging the “subjects” more than most and adds something extra.


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