Taylor Creek, South Lake Tahoe

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

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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.

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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.

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

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The trail to Lake Tahoe was an easy walk.

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

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Common merganser

Common merganser

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

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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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4 Comments

  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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