Donner Lake is beautiful. Honestly, I was more excited to head to Donner Lake than Tahoe, just because it's smaller and the scenery immediately near it is more spectacular than Tahoe's. I went there at around 2pm and went to Tahoe, and then came back to it it at sunset. This is looking the opposite way than the sunset. I've never stood on a frozen lake, so my right foot here was standing on the ice, and my left foot about a foot down in the snow.
Feel free to View this purple sucker LARGE unless you want Cloverfield to come down and whomp on ya.
In other sad news, yesterday after work, I was going to photograph yes, another sunset and i grabbed my tripod to set it up and I.... broke off the head!
Before you start accusing me of taking steriods, I should tell you, the tripod I've been using I got back in 1986 as a promo item when my parents bought me (a snotty nosed 11 year old) my first telescope at K-mart. Plastic and made by Ambico, I've used that POS for every single landscape shot that's needed it. Pretty amazing if you ask me, considering some of my shots.
Heartbroken, I threw that sucker in the first trash can I found, did some research when I got back to my hotel, and promptly bought the Manfrotto 785B travel tripod. I got it on sale, and keeping the reciept means when I get home I can give it back to Ritz.