cbalke Lassen Peak in the distance with Hat Creek running beneath it. Lassen peak has one of the largest lava domes on earth and is one of two volcanoes to erupt within the 20th century. 1w

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cbalke Subway Lava Tube- drawing with a small Led lantern In Lassen National Park. 2w

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cbalke Image 1of 2. This is half of a 4 shot panoramic long exposure I shot yesterday at Burney Falls. iG boxes are too small.. 2w

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cbalke Image 2 of 2. Long exposure 4 shot panoramic of Burney Falls. See my page for the whole image. IG boxes are too small. 2w

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cbalke It's been a long time Burney Falls. Quick little trip and now I want to go back. 2w
  •   cbalke @splitboardnz pics do it no justice. They are over 120 ft tall and the spring water just oozes from the rock face. 2w
  •   cbalke @powderpanda it really was needed more time though. 2w
  •   cbalke @hefe_steele haha.. Nah, I had not been since I was a little kid though. Look at me I made it to your Range. Just the far southern portion. 2w
  •   hefe_steele @cbalke nice! Enjoy. And for the record, I'm not sure if I'd call the cascades or the sierras "my range." Grew up wandering and peak bagging the Sierras with my dad, and spent many years splitboarding down there! I love both. #westcoastbestcoast 2w
  •   kevinoneillphotography Awesome man! 2w
  •   cbalke @kevinoneillphotography Thanks! Still super small but check out my profile page. 2w
  •   cbalke @hefe_steele I'll have to come up and shred your "current range" but I'm sure it's awesome. I already know the Sierra is! 2w
  •   hefe_steele @cbalke sweet! Looking forward to shredding with ya in both mountain ranges! 2w

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cbalke I enjoyed this 97 degree day on the Delta today but it was very unusual for October. Bring on the cold weather already.. 3w

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cbalke So happy that we finally received some rain and that there is some high elevation snow in the forecast for the Sierra this weekend. Should help the firefighters get a better handle on the King fire. After the clouds broke this morning I went out and took this shot of Mt. Diablo. Can't wait till everything is green again. 4w

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cbalke Today I said goodbye to my Grandmother. Today the world said goodbye to a real classy woman. Grandma Margaret Ghirardo may you rest in peace. October 3,1922 - August 14, 2014 2mon

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cbalke Sunday's sunset at Lower Velma Lake. The reflections on these motionless lakes can make for the best views. This night provided us with the best sunset of the trip. 3mon

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cbalke Another rough camp spot in Desolation Wilderness. This one was at Lower Velma Lake. The primo spot by the island was already taken but this one worked out really well. I'm ready to go back.. 3mon
  •   kellymarchant I want to be here!! 3mon
  •   cbalke @kellymarchant I want to be back there as well but I would gladly take a trip to crater lake as well. That place looks amazing! 3mon
  •   cbalke @duhduhduhdallas work hard to play hard right? 3mon
  •   cbalke @desolation_hiker for the last several years I thought I had never been to Lower Velma. Turns out I had them mixed up and had never been to Middle Velma. 3mon
  •   desolation_hiker Haha! The upper one is the one that gets me lost every time bc it's off trail. How crowded was it? Last time I was there I swear The Yonder String Band camped there, it was a concert, lol!! 3mon
  •   cbalke @desolation_hiker While following the outlet From Fontanellis to Upper Velma a guy told us there was some granite water slides. We saw them but were not sure how you would stop before careening into rocks. You should check it out sometime. 3mon
  •   desolation_hiker Awesome!! I'll have to check that out in the fall, thanks man 3mon

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cbalke Pano shot of Jim standing atop Dicks Peak (9974 ft.). Great views of the Desolation Wilderness. In this shot Dicks Lake, Fontanillis Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Upper/Middle/Lower Velma lakes can all be seen. We took a direct approach from Dicks lake which provided a ton of rock scrambling to reach the summit. This was the first Summit Register Jim had ever signed. 3mon

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cbalke Great campsite with a view at Azure Lake. Chipmunks were very curious here climbing inside out backpacks. We had to be vigilant with our food between them and the field mice. 3mon

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cbalke Early morning granite and cloud reflections on Azure Lake. Don't go here you'll hate it... 3mon

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cbalke Amazing trip through Desolation Wilderness. 25 + miles, 10,000 + feet of vertical climbed, 8+ (some unnamed) lakes and two peaks bagged. This is what makes this area so great!! Here we are following the light to Azure Lake. 3mon
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  •   cbalke @jlwxthomas Thank you! 3mon
  •   cbalke @shannbenntt I'll trade you for some of your adventures.. Haha. You should make it up there, literally a lifetime of lakes. 3mon
  •   cbalke @lake_girl_530 Thanks Kathi!! Whatcha been shooting recently? 3mon
  •   lake_girl_530 Hope to be back at it soon. My mom passed away last week. I was in Capitola for almost a month spending time with her. I've been seeing I missed killer clouds & sunsets when I was gone. 3mon
  •   cbalke @lake_girl_530 so sorry to hear that. I wish you the best. I'm glad you were able to spend time together. 3mon
  •   lake_girl_530 Thanks. Appreciate that. Me too! Seeing everyone's beautiful shots always helps. 3mon
  •   lake_girl_530 🌲 Great shots. Looks like a wonderful time! 🌲 2mon

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cbalke Jim taking it all in. There are some great views around Tahoe, but I have to say that the views from Maggie's South Peak are pretty hard to beat. 3mon
  •   cbalke @jewieee what? You've never been? Jeez, and I thought you've been everywhere.. Haha 3mon
  •   cbalke @knowlesjustin thanks Justin 3mon
  •   cbalke @angelajim25 well you married him 3mon
  •   cbalke @aka__jk such a rad spot!! 3mon
  •   cbalke @cjvarela I need to get. Better camera and do some night shooting trips with you. There were a couple great nights out there. 3mon
  •   cbalke @lane_tay thanks Delani! You should make it up there. The hike not too bad either. 3mon
  •   cbalke @rubcabjr @jlwxthomas do it! 3mon
  •   omarymee Great photos! I'd also recommend you check out Rubicon Peak, near South Lake Tahoe. Its a full 360 degree view. Tahoe on one side, Desolation Wilderness on the other! Very breathtaking! 3mon

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cbalke Pull, check, double check, pack routine. Ever have the feeling you forgot something... 3mon
  •   bettyzkid Be safe son. Love you 3mon
  •   jena_trin @angelajim25 Lol! I feel the same way! 3mon
  •   cbalke @duhduhduhdallas just getting caught up here. We had a blast! Weather was perfect!! 3mon
  •   cbalke @bettyzkid thank you, home safe now 3mon
  •   cbalke @angelajim25 wusses @jena_trin 3mon
  •   cbalke @powderpanda it has a good variety and is not overkill. Glad I've never needed more than some Tylenol and Mike skin. Knock on wood. 3mon
  •   powderpanda LoL... I hear ya there!!! I don't think people out enough thought into what is carried/needed. At the last Mt Baker Splitdeat we saw people with Huge packs loaded that would be for multi day.. Total overkill and ya could tell they didn't know how bride with such large packs. Simple and smart!! 3mon
  •   cbalke Seriously, after every trip I try and see what I can adjust or remove. But at the same time several of my buddies don't bring a med kit or anything. So it's a balance struggle of both 3mon

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cbalke Another shot from last nights sunset. For something as boring as power lines their silhouettes were pretty cool. 3mon

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cbalke Orange Crush. Tonight's sunset behind the silhouettes of Mt. Diablo. 3mon

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cbalke I started looking at some photos I took last year and realized I haven't gone out to shoot anything in a while. I can't believe how fast this summer is flying by. With all the weddings, family events, work and everything else it's been a blur. Bay bridge fighting off the fog last September. 3mon

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cbalke First family ballgame. Great Seats!! A's vs Orioles. 3mon

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