Since living in Japan, I have adopted their custom of viewing the first sunrise of the new year, which is often paired with seeing the last sunset. For 2017, I was able to see one of the more epic views for the sunset, having climbed up to the top of Cave Rock, all of Lake Tahoe was spread out before me. The sun dipped below dramatic clouds just above the horizon casting golding light on snow capped mountain peaks and reflecting off the lake itself. It was even more special because of who I was with, my whole family made it to the top of the rock, Jessica (girlfriend), Kiki (beloved puppy), and Artie (Jessica's dog).
The scene was not so spectacular for the sunrise, but everyone was with me again as we went out at 7am on a surprisingly cold Sacramento morning. Only visiting the area I did not know where to go, and just guessed that this woods area on Google Maps would be good. I got lucky that a horse stable was there with walking paths that allowed dogs. It went on for many acres. I set up my tripod and Nikon by the path above to frame the first sunrise of 2018.