A Tour of Shasta Dam, Lake Shasta, Mt Shasta and
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in California
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壯麗的山水自成一色,藍瑩瑩的湖面, 四周群山環抱,森林,蔚藍天空,白雪皚皚的雪
峰,景觀互相交融,氣象萬千,天下絕勝之境也,雄偉秀拔。

Beautiful blue Shasta Lake with majestic snow capped Mount Shasta in northern California as viewed from
Shasta Dam Vista Point Overlook (on scenic Route 151, Shasta Dam Blvd) on September 23, 2019. Shasta
Dam Overlook is marked on Google Map. It is about 11 miles north of the City of Reeding, California. If you
enter "Shasta Dam Overlook" as the destination, the Google Map based GPS navigator App on a smartphone
will guide your driving to this Vista Point on the scenic Route 151 in northern California.  It is a roadside pull-out
paved parking area for the fantastic view. The horizontal concrete structure at the bottom of this picture is the
upper part of the massive Shasta Dam which is the eighth tallest dam in the United States.

Map:
Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Shasta Dam Overlook.
雪山氣勢恢宏,有頂天立地之勢,巍然聳立,雄偉而又美麗神秘,當地美洲原住民崇敬
為神山
,遠近高低各不同, 絕佳風景盡收眼底

Zoom in for a closer view of the south side of Mt Shasta as viewed from Shasta Dam Vista Point Overlook.

We took a 4-day driving tour of Shasta Dam, Lake Shasta, Mt Shasta, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in
northern California and Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon from September 23 to 26, 2019
Zoom in on the 602-foot high massive Shasta Dam as viewed from Shasta Dam Vista Point Overlook. The
large Shasta Lake is the impounding of the Sacramento River by Shasta Dam. Shasta Dam and Lake Shasta
provides 40% of the agricultural water for the huge agriculture industry in California.

Map:
Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Shasta Dam and nearby features.
湖光山色,令人難忘的碧藍和純淨,碧波滢滢,優美的自然景觀。

Another arm of Shasta lake. More tourist information on Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake are available on this
website.  The multiple arms of the large Lake Shasta can be seen on this Google Map. This Google Map
also shows that part of Lake Shasta is visible from Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) via a long bridge.
綠蔭底下看一湖碧水微泛漣漪,那份浪漫與寧静,使人恍入世外桃源一般,優美的自然
景觀, 在樹蔭下乘涼賞景看鳥,想想都覺得愜意啊!

Lake Shasta as viewed from Fisherman's Point Day Use Area on lake shore. I took a panoramic scan of the
large Lake Shasta as shown in the following YouTube website:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPsnfgXOVM&feature=youtu.be
蔚藍天空,湖光山影,攔河大壩,加州大型水利樞紐工程的壯舉,山光水色,相映如
畫,天地間透著靈氣。

Each year many visitors come here from all over the world to see the fantastic view of  "Three Shastas":
Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam. We also went into the auditorium in Shasta Dam Visitor
Center and watched the movie on the construction of the massive Shasta Dam. It was very impressive.
寧靜的湖泊, 靜靜地享受大自然。

Lake Shasta near Bridge Bay at Shasta Lake as viewed from I-5 Bridge.
Bridge Bay Marina at Shasta Lake as viewed from I-5 Bridge.
The iconic Sundial Bridge with glass surface over Sacramento River in Redding, California. At night when the
aquamarine glass floor is illuminated from below. A lot of artistic talent went in the making of this beautiful
bridge.
The beautiful Sacramento River as viewed from the Sundial Bridge.
在北加州自駕游,馳騁於蜿蜒5號公路和97號公路,有高山相陪,雪峰作伴,所經之
處,景色變換無窮。

At the peak elevation of 14,180 feet, the massive, snow capped Stratovolcano, Mt. Shasta, is visible at least
100 miles away. So, when we were driving north on Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) and driving north on Highway
97 in northern California, we could see the beautiful Mt. Shasta over very long stretch of I-5 and of Highway
97.

This particular picture is taken near the junction of  I-5 and Sunset Hills Dr and is about 80 miles south of Mt.
Shasta.
山腳下 仰望峰姿,藍天襯托下,有白雪覆蓋的山頭,裸露出若隱若現的岩壁,

Zoom in for a closer view of upper part of south side of Mt. Shasta and its glaciers as viewed from I-5.

We have heard many stories of melting and shrinking of glaciers at many places all over the world. But the
glaciers on Mt. Shasta have been growing and
have nearly doubled in size since 1950.

After visiting the SunDial Bridge in Redding, we drove to Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge for bird watching
by driving north on I-5 to the town of Weed, then left I-5 and got on Highway 97 to go to Tule Lake National
Wildlife Refuge following the navigation instructions of the free Google Map based GPS navigator on my
Android based smartphone.

The Tule Lake National Wildlife Reserve Visitor Center is located at 4009 Hill Road, Tulelake, CA 96134.
Visitors can get the map of Auto Tour Route and various bird watching information from this visitor center. The
Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located at the same address.

Map:
Click here for interactive Google Map showing the location of Tule Lake National Wildlife Reserve Visitor
Center
晶瑩的雪山,有著冰清玉潔的美。

One more view of many views of Mt. Shasta while we were driving on I-5 going north.
白溏鵝遨翔碧空英姿。

I took a movie clip of these white pelicans in actions on Tule Lake surface and flying above Tule Lake as
shown in the following YouTube website:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMCDdoyD8Q&feature=youtu.be
白鷺翩翩舞,通體雪白,前引長頸,後伸秀腿,輕舒兩翼,體態優美。

I took a movie of these beautiful egrets in action on Tule Lake as shown on the following YouTube website:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaOQ9dOQ3Ss&feature=youtu.be
雪峰平地拔起,孤峰挺拔獨秀,山勢巍峨。

Majestic Mt Shasta as viewed from Tule Lake, about 80 miles away.
挺然堅勁的奇石與奇峰,千姿萬態,有直衝雲霄的氣概, 秀麗景觀,讓你目不暇接!

Castle Crags as seen from I-5. It is a dramatic and well-known rock formation in Northern California between
the towns of Castella and Dunsmuir.
一大群鳥,突然騰空飛起,眾鳥密密麻麻地飛舞,聲勢浩大,蔚為奇觀!

Many waterfowl on the Auto Tour Road which is unpaved gravel road. As our car was approaching them,
many of them took off into the air. I am not sure what kind of birds are they, may be Brant.
峰巒雄壯,獨立挺秀,出類超群,一景多變,移步換形,此峰的動人神態,形態萬變。

Majestic snow capped north side of Mt Shasta as viewed from Mt Shasta View Point on Highway 97. We
enjoyed many opportunities to watch the majestic snow capped Mt Shasta from several different angles as
we drove over about 200 mile range on I-5 and on Highway 97 in northern California.

Map:
Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Mt Shasta View Point on Highway 97
這座山峰長年冰雪覆蓋,氣勢非凡,雄偉的美景。

Zoom in for closer view of upper part of the north side of Mt Shasta and the glaciers as viewed from Mt
Shasta View Point on Highway 97. The snow and glaciers on the north side of Mt Shasta are deeper than
those on south side as shown on the other close up picture near the beginning of this web page.
The sign here at Highway 97 pull off parking lot is "Mt. Shasta Vista Point" for the fantastic view of the
majestic snow capped Mt. Shasta. But on Google Map, this location is marked as "Mt. Shasta View Point"
on Highway 97.
白溏鵝們在湖面上成群結隊,圍獵追捕,辛勤覓食,蔚為壯觀。

Lots of large white pelicans and many smaller grebes and other water fowl are doing cooperative foraging on
the Tule Lake.

The Map of the Auto Tour Route for visitors to do bird watching around Tule Lake. The Auto Tour Route is
unpaved gravel road in good condition and is shown as dotted route on this Map.
成群的白溏鵝在湖面上正在忙著覓食,好熱鬧的。

Very large flock of large white pelicans are lined up in the middle of the large Tule Lake and seems to be doing
cooperative foraging with Synchronous beak dipping to scoop up school of fish being herded by these white
pelicans and many other grebes and other water fowl.

The pelicans dip their long beaks with the large open throat pouches and heads into the water to scoop up fish.

I took a panoramic movie scan of the large Tule Lake as shown on the following YouTube website:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY7Bj3A8V_A&feature=youtu.be
A large solar panel farm seen from Highway 39 just a few miles north of Merrill in southern Oregon when
we finished touring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and was driving on Highway 39 to go to a hotel in
Klamath Falls.

I took a movie clip of this large solar panel farm as shown in the following YouTube website:

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Td3VjobT5E&feature=youtu.be

Aerial views of this large solar panel farm can be seen here.


The Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge near Tule Lake probably is also quite interesting for bird watching.
However, when we drove on Highway 161 near that area, there was some heavy construction work with
road blocks. So, we changed our plan and skipped the tour of Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge.

After we finished touring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, we stayed in a hotel in Klamath Falls. On the
next morning, we drove north to tour Crater Lake National Park. Our report on the tour of Crater Lake is on
my website at:

https://
www.shltrip.com/Tour_of_Crater_Lake_Volcanos.html
Part of a large solar panel farm seen from Highway 39 just a few miles north of the town of Merrill in
southern Oregon when we finished touring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and was driving on Highway 39
to go to a hotel in Klamath Falls. The large solar panel farm is on the north side of Highway 39.
湖中連場精彩好戲,我們看得很高興。

When a pelican caught one or more fish in its large throat pouch, the pelican raises its head, long beak and
the large throat pouch up and point them upward so that the fish in the tilted pouch will slide down easily into
its throat. These pictures show that there are fish at the bottom of the tilted throat pouches.
一行白溏鵝在水面低飛,飛行時直線前進。

Sometimes many pelicans flying very low in a single line just above the water surface.
天高雲淡,強健的體魄,張開翅膀,展翅高飛。

Sometimes, many pelicans are flying high in the sky.
白溏鵝體型真大,有很多小跟班~grebes, 在湖面上眾多大小水禽們,都在忙著覓食,好
熱鬧的湖面,清風徐來,賞鳥勝地。

Many grebes, American coots and other waterfowl are following or swimming along side the large flock of
white pelicans in a long line feeding on Tule Lake. Their busy feeding actions indicate that there are lots of fish
in Tule Lake.
This flock of white pelicans was foraging very far away in the middle of the large Tule Lake. I zoomed in and  
took a movie of many white pelicans in action catching and eating fish on Tule Lake as shown in the following
YouTube website. With 65X optical zoom, it is very sensitive to any tiny camera shake such that the movie is
not very stable.

https://
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zhrZYkpNU&feature=youtu.be
大藍鷺一沖而起, 振翅飛翔而去。

A large blue heron on the roadside irrigation ditch took off into the air over the farm field near Tule Lake when
our car approached.
大藍鷺就站在岸邊,守株待魚,聽見我們汽車漸近的聲音,大藍鷺從路邊呼拉一下騰空而
起,展翅起身飛離,瞧那雙長腿。

A blue heron took off as our car on the Auto Tour Route came close to the big bird on the roadside.
湖邊和蘆葦叢裏白茫茫的一片,眾多白鷺在疏密相間的蘆葦沼澤中。

There are also many egrets in the marsh area.
密密的蘆葦叢裏不少白鷺,春、夏、秋之季,不同種類的鳥群在葦蕩間飛舞鳴歌,多種鳥
類到這裡棲息繁衍,形成一幅野趣天成的優美畫面。

Many egrets in the marsh area, many other kind of birds flying in the air and some water fowl on the water
surface.
喜歡在農田附近尋食的白鷺。

Many egrets on the open field next to Tule Lake.
傲立湖畔路邊眾多白鷺鷥,亭亭玉立仙姿,雪白的膚色、細長的脖子、修長的雙腿,具備
了模特兒高挑體型的必備條件。

Many egrets on the Auto Tour Route.
西塞山前白鷺飛。

Many egrets were on the Auto Tour Route. When our car came close to them, these egrets took off into the
air to fly away.
湖面上低空飛行的白鷺。

As our car approached, many egrets took off and flew low near the surface of Tule Lake.
站在湖邊的白鷺專注地尋找獵物,腿長,脖子就得長,才能俯身吃到水裡的魚,鎖定目
標,直撲下去,得手了,看準了,非常快速直擊獵物。

Another view of many egrets along the Auto Tour Route.
草長平湖白鷺飛,渾身潔白無瑕,翩翩起舞,空中芭蕾,形成一幅浪漫的畫卷。

Driving along the Auto Tour Route provides us plenty of opportunities to watch these beautiful egrets flying
gracefully over Tule Lake.
眾多白鷺,勢欲凌空去。

Many egrets on the Auto Tour Route.
白鷺展翅飛翔,霓裳羽衣,夢影飄風。

It is very nice to watch these beautiful white birds flying gracefully over the water.
姿態優美的白鷺,神采飄逸,在水面飛翔的倒影,令人賞心悅目。

Nice water reflection of the beautiful egret in the air just above the water.
湖面上眾多水禽,湖裡眾多肥魚, Tule Lake 湖面遼闊,擁有豐富的動植物資源,是候鳥
遷徙途中的集散地,水禽的越冬地, 一年四季風景各異,鳥類成了一道變幻無窮的流動
風景線。

Many water fowl on Tule Lake in September 2019. In the winter season, when huge number of birds migrated
south away from the frozen arctic areas, the number and the density of waterfowl, especially snow geese, on
Tule Lake are much larger and are very impressive as shown by many pictures
here.  Most of Alaska's eagles
also come to this area in the winter.
淩空飛起,一陣驚荒亂紛飛,意想不到的時候常有驚喜,這也是觀賞鳥的樂趣吧。

It was quite impressive when many of them took off simultaneously into the air.
Some of them were in the air, some were on the water and many of them were still in high concentration on
the Auto Tour Route.
百鳥群舞。

As a bird watcher, I enjoy watching such large flock of birds in action in the air.
大藍鷺張開了巨大的翅膀,突然騰空而起,呼呼有聲,展翅飛翔英姿,離我們而去!

Another view of the large blue heron in the air.
大藍鷺展翅欲飛,翅膀已經往兩邊張開 。

More roadside large blue heron ready to take off into the air.
The large flock of white pelicans often cooperate when feeding. They coordinate their swimming to drive
schooling fish together.  Other cooperating waterfowl dive deep into the water to drive the school of fish to
near surface. Then the large flock of white pelicans seems to synchronize the dipping of their heads, long
beak and open large throat pouches into the water to scoop up many fish in the school of fish near the
surface.

This picture is taken by Yuan Yuan Yeh.
At southeast corner of Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, we drove into the Petroglyph Point area of Lava
Beds National Monument.

Map:
Click here for interactive Google Map showing the location of Petroglyph Point near Tule Lake
Petroglyph Point:

You step into the past when you view the carvings on the cliff at Petroglyph Point in Lava Beds National
Monument near Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

This rock formation was created when a cinder cone erupted from the floor of ancient Tule Lake to form an
island. Early native people paddled out in boats on ancient much larger Tule Lake to come here to carve these
pictures into the soft rock.

Waves undercut the base of the cliff where the petroglyph's are carved. Wind, rain, and ice have enlarged
gas bubbles and faults, creating many cracks and crannies on the cliff wall which become natural nesting
sites for many birds. They are filled with barn owls, cliff swallows, hawks, prairie falcons, and many other
birds who find an abundant supply of food nearby.
Rock Art at Lava Beds: Visitors can see an extensive collection of awe-inspiring pictographs and petroglyph's
throughout the Lava Beds landscape. Here are two small samples.
一行白溏鵝貼著水面,低掠在水面上,直線前進。
白溏鵝 自由地在藍天飛翔著,御風而行, 歡舞。
白溏鵝展翅高飛,直上九霄,劃破長空,追逐嬉戲。
眾多白溏鵝 漫天飛舞。
空中不時有大群的白溏鵝飛過,整群巡戈。
湖畔,美麗的身影,大白鷺,白鷺鷥展翅或棲息於湖畔,真是個世外桃源,這裡如詩、如
畫的美景
一整群忽然騰空而起,紛紛起飛。
眾多飛鳥在湖邊翻飛,這是賞鳥者夢寐以求的地方。
密集成群,漫天飛舞。
峭岩陡壁,怪石嶙峋之秀,高聳壯觀。
A single mast, 217 feet high, makes it the world's largest sundial. The 700' long Sundial Bridge is a cantilever
spar cable-stayed bridge. Cable from England, tile from Spain, and glass from Quebec.
An absolute jewel of the area. So beautiful and such a huge draw for those traveling through the area. It is
especially amazing at night when it is all lit up.
People fishing on Sacramento River as viewed from the Sundial Bridge.
Some of Canada geese and colorful mallards on Sacramento River as viewed from the Sundial Bridge.