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What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:58 pm

Name 4 lakes in SEKI, 2 in Yosemite, and 4 in section between SEKI and
Yosemite based purely on beauty, and nothing else.



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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby SSSdave » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:55 pm

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Actually my favorites are mostly no name lakes and ponds. Some other favorites I like that do have names I won't name haha. Here are a few well known lakes many already know about that are beautiful and also make nice places to camp.

Kibbie Lake
Lower Cathedral Lake
Thousand Island Lake
Minaret Lake
Marie Lake
Royce Lake #4
Big Five Lake #2
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby hwy395lvrz » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:33 am

Lower McCabe
Benson
Upper Buck Lake
Washburn
Ediza
Peter Pande
Lost Keys Lake
Treasure Lakes 3 & 4
Convict Lake ( a sentimental favorite as this was my first trip to the Sierras in 1971)
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby markskor » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:52 am

Washburn
Smedberg
Harriet #2
Sky Blue
Lower Crabtree
1000 Island
Marie
Bernice
Edna
Lower Ottoway
at one time...Mattie (but have not been back since the gill netting) :crybaby:
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby STRETCHMAN » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:28 am

Gaylor Lakes-A short hike with great views. :rock:
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:42 am

On basis of visual impression (to me). This is just what comes to mind at the moment.
Seki.
1. Precipice Lake
2. Amphitheater Lake (Cataract Creek)
3. "Window Lake" (biggest lake in Window Creek drainage below Window Peak)
4. Dusy 11393
5. (multiple) Lakes in basin downstream of Tunemah Lake

Yosemite:
1. Edna Lake
2. Edyth Lake
3. (multiple) unnamed lakes, headwaters of Lyell Fork Merced


Other:
1. Lake above Hourglass, S. of Mt. Dade
2. Upper Ritter Lake (Catherine is pretty close, but I like Upper Ritter is even more)
3. Hungry Packer Lake
4. Big Blue Lake (Russian Wilderness, Klamath Mtns.)
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby maverick » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:29 am

I knew you were going to write that SSSdave, when/if you posted, hehe.
Do you not agree that 99% of people do not spend hours/days scouting out a perfect
spot at a lake because they do not care to invest that much time into it, so for someone to
get the exact same shot is unlikely, not to mention for the other 1% the variables like
the weather, time of day, season, quality of light, experience, and equipment make
it highly unlikely also?
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby markskor » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:06 pm

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
While the pure aesthetics of some lakes may inspire you the photographer...for me, finding large rising rings on a lake inspires too. What I am looking for and what you seek to photograph, and thus label beautiful are often a different kettle of fish...(pardon the pun).
In addition, while many lakes are not, as a whole, totally beautiful, there may be that special, isolated spot, maybe close by, perhaps depending on the time of day, that catches the light, bounces off the alpenglow, or intrigues just by being "extra" special in itself, while the rest of the lake is actually fairly mundane.

Great question but, ambiguous as to what each perceives as beauty.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby rlown » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:18 pm

Virginia Lk (Yose: now void of fish but great views down the return creek canyon)
Upper Mattie (Yose: now void of fish but the weather and bears create a great place to play in)
Hanging Basket Lk (Yose: don't try and camp there, let alone find a flat spot.. Great views over Townsley and up over Fletcher Pk)
Summit City Creek in Mokulumne: its a creek, but that place was great (we can say creeks?)

Evelyn Lake (Yose: great fish, great views)
Next year Puppet Lake out of Bishop; I'm just adding that because i think it'll be magnificent.

For me a lake can be pretty, but if there's no fish, it really makes a boring day for me.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:38 pm

markskor wrote:"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
While the pure aesthetics of some lakes may inspire you the photographer...for me, finding large rising rings on a lake inspires too. What I am looking for and what you seek to photograph, and thus label beautiful are often a different kettle of fish...(pardon the pun).
Great question but, ambiguous as to what each perceives as beauty.

Indeed. Certainly everyone's taste in visual beauty varies considerably. Given that the thread was opened under the guise of "beauty" I did in fact exclude the fish factor my list, for more than four (Lyell Fork counts for multiple lakes, Upper Ritter, lake above Hourglass, Precipice Lake) of the lakes on my list are fishless. Also, my tastes tend to run toward very deep lakes (with the exception of the lake below Dade) and very rugged alpine backdrops, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. Actually I didn't think of one of the Crabtrees until I saw it on your list (I also like Sky Blue but not quite as much on appearance alone); my favorite (in appearance as well as fish) is no. 3.

Now if some one simply posted "what are your favorite lakes" w/o the beauty criteria, my own "favorite" criteria include, beauty, fishing, inaccessibility, and sentimentality--two of my top 15 are on the beauty list.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby maverick » Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:50 pm

I agree with the "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" statement, even so there
are certain lakes that shine even with mediocre, less than ideal light.
For example an ordinary sunrise or sunset at 1000 Is Lake, which was one of your
picks as would be mine, will out shine most other lakes with the same quality light
because of Banner Peak and it's beautiful mirror reflection in the lake, and the same
goes for Bench Lake for the same reasons.
By the way how is the fishing in Bench Lake?
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby SSSdave » Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:37 pm

maverick wrote:I knew you were going to write that SSSdave, when/if you posted, hehe.
Do you not agree that 99% of people do not spend hours/days scouting out a perfect
spot at a lake because they do not care to invest that much time into it, so for someone to
get the exact same shot is unlikely, not to mention for the other 1% the variables like
the weather, time of day, season, quality of light, experience, and equipment make
it highly unlikely also?


Indeed I smile at the thought many of the most beautiful Sierra lakes and peaks were never given names and occasionally will amuse the rest of the board's members with mystery locales. Of course inexperienced backcountry visitors will tend to dismiss such no name features as likely unworthy so they remain unexpected prizes for those willing to gamble making efforts to explore beyond. Same thing goes for fishing in lakes as giantbrookie obviously found out when he was a young man in the mountains and apparently set out with excitement to visit a great many.

As for the 99% of people, indeed you are correct, most backcountry visitors are not serious photographers so don't spend any time scouting lakes nor even bother to take pictures when light is good. In fact they hardly understand what photographers mean when they speak of "good light". So most just catch shots incidently. And they are unlikely to do any more homework before a trip than to catch others comments about how so and so lake is scenic.

If one were to poll more serious photographers however, one would find many more do in fact make some effort to discover where and when to take images at backcountry places they visit. If they are going to make a strenuous effort reaching places they want such to pay off. The usual method is by other's comments, guidebooks, web resources, and seeing images others have taken. For armchair photographers today, there is an enormous resource of web Sierra images at summitpost.com or google images, and various known serious photographer websites. However such web resources barely scratch the surface of scenic Sierra lakes so personal effort will reward those willing to exploring mysteries themselves for generations.
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