BIG BEAR LAKE, a winter paradise in Southern California

Big Bear Lake, California

Who said we only have great beaches in California? Drive two hours northeast from Los Angeles and you will be in the middle of an alpine’s paradise. If you like winter sports, Big Bear Lake is definitely your place.  I was seriously so impressed by the beauty of this little village, it reminded me the kind of landscapes you would see in Austria – I guess that’s why Big Bear Lake’s sister city is Abtenau, located in that country.

We stopped at this amazing lake on our way home after spending all day in the desert (know more about the adventure here and here), so it felt really good to drive through the mountains and get a breath of fresh and cold air. That stop wasn’t in our plans initially, so you can see in the pictures that our outfits were not too appropriate for that environment. It was freezing cold, and Dan was wearing shorts – enough said.

We were lucky to get there right before sunset time, so the light couldn’t have been any better. There was a decent amount of people hanging out on the lake waiting for the sun to go down, kids throwing rocks into the water or feeding the ducks, and families fishing together. It was wonderful to see people connect with nature that way, I felt genuinely happy to be there photographing the whole scene.

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

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Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake, California

I’ll be posting more pictures of the sunset at this beautiful place this week, so stay tuned!

I hope you had a great weekend, and a better start of the week.
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16 thoughts on “BIG BEAR LAKE, a winter paradise in Southern California

    • Hi Zulu, thank you so much for the visit and lead to your blog. Your photos are beautiful, I enjoyed seeing your last couple posts. Now we can follow each other’s journey in photography! Be in touch.

      Yael

  1. All these photographs are well done, but I really like the very first picture of the lake with the house and snow covered mountains in the background. The low angle of the light is fantastic. You did a great job of composing this image. Very calm and peaceful. It is the kind of photograph I could look at all day!

    • Thank you so much Bob, your comments are always very well justified – I like that! I was impressed with the first image too, it reflects so well what I saw in that lake: nature and beauty. I wish I had a Canon 5D Mark II like yours (it’s my dream camera!), the result would have been so much better 🙂

      • I think it’s an excellent shot as it is. It captures exactly what you saw and, more importantly, what you felt when you tripped the shutter. That is what a good photograph should do.

        You have fantastic vision and creative talent. While better equipment can make capturing the photograph a little easier, it is important to remember one thing. It is always the photographer that has the vision and creates the image. Don’t ever let equipment place limitations on your vision or talent.

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