The rising sun illuminates Lake Tahoe at the start of a five-star day of backcountry skiing, photo by Ming T. Poon

Through The Lens: Big Blue in White

With the sun’s slow slide toward the horizon each winter, Tahoe transforms. The beaches are quietly abandoned. The boats hauled into storage. And then fat flakes of pure white fall from the sky, leaving one of nature’s wonders cloaked in a blanket of brilliant snow. This is a season of contrast—stark whites against the deep blue of Tahoe’s cerulean waters, the charcoal grays of gathering storm clouds in front of snowcapped peaks, and the long shadows of winter light on snow that seems to capture every hue of sunrise and sunset.



A clearing storm at Bonsai Rock on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe, photo by William Stevenson



A fast break between winter storms in Incline Village, photo by Peter Spain



A calm evening on the shores of Cascade Lake to end the day, photo by Brian Walker



Emerald Bay reflects a winter sunset, photo by Martin Gollery



Photographer Bios

Ming T. Poon is an adventure sports photographer and director of photography based in Tahoe. Passionate about outdoor pursuits, travel and making a difference, Poon is inspired by culture, nature, music, friends and family. His work has been featured by Teton Gravity Research and Matchstick Productions, and has appeared in a variety of publications as well as international commercial marketing campaigns for O’Neill, Jones Snowboards, POC Sports, NOW Bindings, Hestra Gloves, Intuition Liners, Leki Poles and more.


William Stevenson has been a professional mountain sports and landscape photographer for 25 years. In his words, “I photograph in order to be awed by nature and to share the beautiful moments experienced. I hope that my photos evoke a feeling of almost otherworldly beauty and power.”


Tahoe runs through Brian Walker’s veins. It is no secret that the landscape plays an integral part in his work. From the peaks to the lake, it doesn’t matter what the subject is, Walker can capture it. When not behind the lens, you can find him participating in the same activities that he captures.


Peter Spain is a Lake Tahoe-based photographer. He specializes in fine art, lifestyle and portrait photography. His fine art work is reproduced on gallery canvas wraps, prints on metal and a variety of other custom framing options. Check out his work at the Truckee Bagel Company in Reno and at the Sand Harbor Bar & Grill and Visitors Center.


Martin Gollery has been exploring the mountains of the world with his cameras for 45 years, and half of that time has been spent at Lake Tahoe. His work is on display at a number of locations around Reno and Tahoe, as well as online.


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