Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam - California, USA

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

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Today I have photos from Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam in California, USA. When I was there, the forest fire smoke was still pretty heavy so the area was still in a layer of thick smoke. It was the last day of this long road trip and I was tired. Didn't end up going on the tour because I've been on the tour before. The photos you'll see is just from the part of the dam you can explore on your own.

A photo of Shasta Lake in smoke.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 42 52 N 122 24 30 W  

Photo of Shasta Dam. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 42 50 N 122 25 02 W  

 Another photo of Shasta Lake. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 42 57 N 122 24 58 W  

 The view of Shasta Dam. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 42 58 N 122 24 59 W  


The view of the Sacramento River from Shasta Dam.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 43 07 N 122 25 09 W    

I'm guessing this is what opens and closes the dam's gates. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 43 09 N 122 25 12 W   

A photo of Shasta Lake from the dam. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 43 07 N 122 25 09 W   

 The giant power transformers at Shasta Dam. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 43 05 N 122 25 06 W  


Another view of Shasta Dam as I headed back to the parking lot. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 42 56 N 122 24 59 W   

As I head back to the parking lot, I spot a giant Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest.  

 The Osprey is a fish eating bird. I found a giant fish tail right under the nest. They sure eat big fish! 


Another few photos of the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with photos from Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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