Cartographic Stories: Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor lies on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. It is my favorite beach on the lake, so it was fun to paint this as a commission for someone who loves it as well. Sand Harbor is a place that captures the magic of summer. Rocks jut out of the crystal clear water and create a landscape unto itself – part land, part water. There is ice cream nearby, the smell of sunscreen, and a long beach stretching invitingly. Home away from home.

This painting also represents a shift in perspective. Laura, the client who commissioned it, grew up visiting South Lake Tahoe. The view across the lake from the south was her view of Tahoe. Since moving to Reno and starting a family, she now spends more of her lake time at Sand Harbor, with almost the opposite view. The shift in perspective took a while, but how Laura thinks of the Sand Harbor view as her view of Tahoe and her second home.

Courtsey of Google Earth

Courtsey of Google Earth

My challenge to you:
Think of summer. It's right around the corner! Where is your favorite summer spot?