I love to visit the Sierra during winter, for various snowshoeing and skiing adventures. This gallery includes images from Six Mile Valley, a bridge over the South Yuba River, and the Tahoe Forest near Soda Springs and the Claire Tappan Sierra Club Lodge. As you can see, the weather was beautiful on most of these days, and I've processed my images with a combination of realistic, slightly surrealist, abstract and of course, black and white processes. I also threw in a couple of shots from 2013 in Squaw Valley in the middle of a lovely snowstorm.
One of my favorite places to visit in the Northern Sierra, however, is McGlashan Point, and I have a color and black and white image from this location. McGlashan Point overlooks Donner Pass and Donner Lake. The point is named after the 19th century historian who documented the tragedy of the Donner party. This group of pioneers became trapped in their huts around what was then called "Truckee Lake" in the winter of 1846 - 1847, with over half of the party dying, and some resorting to cannabalism before rescuers arrived. When visitors stop at the turnout to view this stunning "Jewel of the Northern Sierra," they may not always think about the horror, suffering, despair, courage and so much more that are part of the particular pioneer story that gives this area its name. I chose to portray the fairly busy scene in a more stark black and white, to better emphasize the myriad aspects that are represented to me, from dark to light, in this poignant historic spot.