Black Butte lake campsite, California

Just a few shots of this stunning campsite. It isn’t quiet, at least not in the build-up to July 4th, as the lake carries sounds across it, so you’ll hear the shouts of bathers and music even from the other side. But it is idyllic. The site was visited or passed by ground squirrels, jack rabbits and deer, while an osprey circled high above before swooping into the lake to emerge with a fish. Sandpipers and woodpeckers merrily scooted round the trees nearby.

And I hid in the shade – it hit 41 degrees, which is plenty warm. Warm enough at night, too, to leave the top off the tent and stare at the stars, though it cooled down enough to be glad of a sleeping bag.

Tree full of woodpeckers (admittedly, not woodpeckers the camera could pick out).
Tree full of woodpeckers (admittedly, not woodpeckers the camera could pick out).
Campsite surrounded by trees, overlooking the lake.
Campsite surrounded by trees, overlooking the lake.
Black Butte lake sunset.
Black Butte lake sunset.
Black Butte lake sunset.
Black Butte lake sunset.
Black Butte lake by morning.
Black Butte lake by morning.
Parched grass, lone tree overlooking the lake.
Parched grass, lone tree overlooking the lake.

 

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