Looking Down to Summit Lake

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summit lake, Hoover Wilderness.  Photo by bruce czopek

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Looking west to 10,200 ft Summit Lake in the Hoover Wildernes. The photo is from a recent hike up Virginia Lakes Trail.  The 11,120 ft. pass between Virginia Lakes and Summit Lake is only 2.5 miles from the Virginia Lake Trailhead. A very popular day hike.  I hiked off the pass just a bit to get a good angle on the lake. Definitely click to enlarge.

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Stockade Flat

Fall is in the air in Northern Nevada.  The aspen trees are just beginning to turn in the higher elevations of the Sierra while in the Black Rock Desert, thousands of paradoxical free spirits are drawn to Burning Man like moths to the flame. The mornings are cooler and days are growing shorter.  Never one for crowds, for me this the  perfect time of year to go camping.  Each to their own. Bless and be Blessed.

Car camping was the venue of choice last weekend.  A quick two hours south of Washoe Valley, Nv.  and 13 mile off of HiWay 395 rests Stockade Flat.  As the Sierra Nevada go, one would not describe this area as the most majestic or picturesque. Yet it offers the soul a wonderful quietness and a shelter of synchronictity  with one’s surroundings.  At 8640 feet,  Stockade Flat lays at the bottom of a  broad slope just east of  Mt. Emma and Emma Lake.  There are no creeks running through it or lakes to behold or ponder from your campsite. Yet it does not feel dry as  the stoic energy of Mt. Emma flows down and pools in this round green meadow where pine trees, aspen and sagebrush coincide while in the eastern distance  the Sweetwater Mountains concert with the setting sun to paint an ever evolving story of shadows and light.

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Stockade Flat

Stockade Flat

 

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The Sweetwater Mountains.

The Sweetwater Mountains.

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Sweetwater Mountains. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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A front row seat for sunset.

A front row seat for sunset.

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Stockade Flat, Ca.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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After hours at the Stockade Flat library.

After hours at the Stockade Flat library.

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Sunrise.

Sunrise.

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The 24 year old North Face tent lives on.

The 24 year old North Face tent lives on.

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One of the neighborhood residents.

One of the neighborhood residents.  A Red Breasted Sapsucker.

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Emma Lake.

A mile or so up from Stockade Flat is the trailhead to Emma Lake. It is only a mile hike up to the lake.

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A  takes a bath on the shore of Emma Lake.

A   tern  takes a bath on the shore of Emma Lake.

 

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For The Birds

It snowed last night. A wet spring snow.  Not a lot, but a nourishing gift of water for all.

The aroma of  the high desert  was vibrant this morning.  An intoxicating,  perfumed alchemy  of wet earth, willow and sagebrush magically woven together,  matched only by the dance of  clouds and shadows and light.

Now, closing in on mid day, much of last night’s snow is gone, melted into the earth  in an ephemeral testament to spring’s capriciousness.

Earlier this morning, camera and I went down to Washoe Lake.  There, a multitude of birds performed a raucous avian symphony, celebrating their appreciation of wetlands finally wet and an exquisite morning so wonderfully and freely offered for all to enjoy. It was great to have a front row seat.

***Washoe Valley, Nv.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

 

 

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Washoe Lake, Nv.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Washo Lake, Nv. Photo by Bruce Czopek

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Washoe Lake.  Photo by Bruce Czopek***

Landing on Washoe Lake. Photo by Bruce Czopek***

Canadian geese.  Photo by Bruce Czopek

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