Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe

November 7, 2015 at 9:35 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, )


On my recent California road trip, I visited Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe specifically to see the kokanee salmon run and the black bears that come to feed on the spawning fish.


Although the number of salmon was very low, I was very happy to be able to see them in the clear, shallow creek.  Unfortunately, the black bears didn’t make an appearance.  However, I did enjoy the tapestry of fall colors.


The bare alders with their wispy branches remind me of needle art landscapes I’ve seen, silvery threads amid the knots and embroidered leaves.


The trail to Lake Tahoe was an easy walk.


The paddlewheel tourist boat is rippled and warped by the heat waves.


Common merganser

Common merganser

Common mergansers in the creek hoped for an easy meal of salmon.


The serrated bill makes good grabbers.  I watched one of these ducks in a high speed underwater chase after the spawning salmon.  It came up without its meal.  Oh well.  Better luck next time.

Kokanee salmon spawning pair

Kokanee salmon spawning pair

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  1. anroworld said,

    Breathtaking pictures! I like them very much!

  2. Patti said,

    Thanks Cindy for sharing your adventures. Your photos are amazing. I also appreciate your comments and observations.

  3. bobdouat said,

    I LOVE Lake Tahoe. Great pictures.

  4. mbkircus said,

    Particularly loved that common merganser.

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