Lake Tahoe Winter Photos – December Wonderland

While I do have a few photos of this beautiful Sierra lake, I certainly hope to add more in the future. I took these Lake Tahoe photos on a trip in December a few years ago.

Boathouse + Dock Long Exposure - Lake Tahoe Winter Photos
Boathouse + Dock Long Exposure

It was an overcast day, as is plain to see. However, during my drive to South Lake Tahoe, I spotted this beautiful boat house on stilts out in the water.

It was the perfect opportunity to use my new heavy duty ND filter + circular polarizer. I believe this capture was a 30 second exposure, so the lake water is completely smoothed out.

Snow capped mountains surrounding the water - Lake Tahoe Winter Photos
Snow capped mountains surrounding the lake

Even though the skies were gray, I still enjoyed the snowy peaks and wintry scenes (in general) around the lake. Below you’ll see iconic “Wizard Island” in Emerald Bay.

Wizard Island at Emerald Bay - portrait
“Wizard Island”

I do notice a huge contrast from the sunny days of summer, when the forest my be more green…and the lake appears a striking, deep blue.

I used my Canon super zoom to hone in on people boating out on the water.

Kayaker fishing out on the lake
Fishing out on the water

Right away I became mesmerized by the ripple patterns on the lake’s surface. This particular kayaker was actually fishing, I think. If you were wondering what the temperature was like when I took these photos, the answer is a resounding COLD! Haha.

Trying to skip rocks (not feeding the ducks)
C’mon, ducks

Here’s a rare shot of me in the frame. As a matter of fact, I walked to the water’s edge to skip some rocks, but these ducks had other plans for me. I assume they were begging for food, but ultimately they were just in the way.

In closing, I am well aware I have barely scratched the surface here at Lake Tahoe. Without a doubt, in the future I’ll be back to photograph this destination throughout various other seasons.

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Photographer Nathan Allen

I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.