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Snowmageddon= Water, Lots of Water


Tahoe and the West Cost got hit hard for the 2016/2017-snow season. This was the wettest winter in recorded history, dating back to 1900.  From epic powder days to clear blue bird days the Sierra Nevada mountains got plenty of days in on the slopes, and still are getting turns.

The reality of the amount of snowfall is hitting people now that it is nice out and they want to sit out at the beaches of Tahoe. Lake Tahoe has over 60 rivers and streams that empty out into the lake. The downfall to the amount of water the lake receives is that there is only one exit point for the lake, the Truckee River.

The Truckee River is dammed and has releases. This year the people responsible for the dam are getting put to the test. They have to figure out how much water to release, they can’t release too much the lake level will lower too drastically and if they don’t release enough they risk flooding the area more than it already has.

truckee river

The Truckee River is unable to float because the river is too high and a raft will not fit under the bridges. The river in some places look more like a lake than a river, something the people of Truckee haven’t seen before.

Back to Lake Tahoe, this year even locals will have to re learn the shorelines. Their favorite beaches and hidden beaches are smaller, in some cases are now under water. The water will be colder from constant snowmelt entering the lake all summer long.

Take a tour of the lake on a boat or paddle board, its not the same lake you have been to. Rocks are that once were exposed are now fully underwater. Traveling from one beach to the next you might just get lost because the beach you are looking for is now underwater.

These photos and audio clips show you and give you explanation of the beaches near Incline Village, Nevada and what the snowmelt has done to them.

Hidden Beach

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Incline/ Ski Beach


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Burnt Ceder Beach

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Photo of the year

Photo of the year

I gravitated to this photo because it captures a lot of emotion and feelings. When I look at this photo I feel cold, sore, and tired. The action of the subjects in the photo create feelings. Visually the horizon line of the image is pleasing to the eye with the smoke stacks and the smoke. the symmetrical pillars create lines in the sky.  The capture of the smoke/ breath of the man in front helps put feelings into the image. The colors in the image also help create the feelings of the image. If there was a bright color, I would assume the feeling of the image would bring hope, but without any bright colors the image is on the depressing side.  The textures in the image different throughout the image. The foreground of the man and the fur on the cart are wrinkled and stiff. As the eye moves through the image things get softer where hard work takes place, in the factory. The soft clouds on top of the hard factory gives irony.

Photo Edit

Hotspring Contrast
Moved up contrast


This was a good original picture but it needed something more. I liked the idea of adding more contrast to the picture. When bringing up contrast, it helped bring out the foreground of the image. The rocks and the people are highlighted more with the top of the image still soft from the clouds. The image takes your eyes in the same patter as the people in it. The last of the sun reflection on the ladies hair is highlighted when bringing up the contrast. It adds light to the image.

Environmental Portrait


This is my friend Taylor teaching me about bikes. This image captures him focused on him and the bike and the background being out of focus. This was shot on a 35mm film camera. He has a deep passion for biking. His passion is contagious, just like his addiction to buying bike parts.


My names is Carissa Priebusch. I am 23 and new to the Lake Tahoe area. Going on adventures and doing new things is what I love to do. I live by the seat of my pants, you and I both never know what I might do.

I was born and raised in Watertown, Wisconsin. I spent the first four years of my college career at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh. While there I was on the schools swim team. I made many friends and life lasting memories. My major changed a few times. After my fourth year I had a decision that I didn’t want to have a career in a office or even inside. I hit up Google and searched outdoor degrees and stumbled up on Sierra Nevada College. In less than two months of thinking about transferring I was packing up my jeep and driving 2,000 miles to my new home, Lake Tahoe!