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Two Lakes

Lake Tahoe fills me with calm and feeds my soul. My, but sugar pines have big cones. Super sappy'n'sticky, too.

There's something about trees and rocks and water. Mountains help, too. It's pure comfort, deep joy, quiet satisfaction.

Pyramid Lake is wondrously ancient and alien. Tufa deposits, who knew? Then, near sunset, the sky turned to something out of a Tim Powers novel. Yep, fitting, and All That Jazz....

Film at 11, or whenever I get around to posting at least some of the pix. Good times. Reassuring and productive, too.

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kevin_standlee
Oct. 13th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Those pine cones are indeed something. They make excellent kindling as well, although they do pop and sputter considerably in the fireplace. They also can be bad neighbors. As a child in my home town of Challenge CA, we had some big pine trees near the house, and my grandmother fretted about one of those trees dropping a cone on me -- it could be fatal!

Lisa and I drove up along the west shore of Pyramid Lake a couple of years ago, beyond the end of the paved roads, because she still has dreams of buying some cheap land at Flannigan NV -- I could probably buy the whole town-site on my credit card, but there aren't any services, and maybe not even any water. I think the tufa deposits at Mono Lake are more impressive, but Pyramid Lake is interesting, too.

You've basically been seeing geography of my youth -- stuff I grew up taking for granted. At the time, I don't think I appreciated it as much as I do now.
gerisullivan
Oct. 16th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
While we were walking beneath the sugar pines looking at cones on the ground, I commented to Rick Lindsay on the risk of getting beaned by one. Between their sheer weight and the multitude of needle-sharp points, they do seem capable of inflicting real harm on adults, too.

Yes, the Mono Lake tufa photos I found are indeed impressive.
minnehaha
Oct. 13th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
"Won't you take me to
Pyramid Lake with you
We could watch the spaceships
Maybe they'd take us on a trip
Into that never ending sky
Into that wide and endless night"

:-)

K.
gerisullivan
Oct. 16th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
Thank you. That's magical and Google tells me it's Blue Rodeo's "Cynthia."
minnehaha
Oct. 16th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
??? I guess Blue Rodeo happened after you left.

K.
talyen
Oct. 14th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
lakes and mountains and sky
Sounds like you're in heaven. Nice to visit, eh?
gerisullivan
Oct. 16th, 2009 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: lakes and mountains and sky
Yes, it was. Now to get the photos edited and posted.
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