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High-definition streaming footage of Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada

Tahoe enthusiasts will now have access to live high-definition streaming footage of Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada peaks thanks to a new partnership between Homewood Mountain Resort, West Shore Café & Inn, and the Annenberg Foundation's philanthropic media organization, explore.org.

The Lake Tahoe cameras are the latest addition to explore.org's Pearls of the Planet initiative, which aims to help people deepen their connection with nature through a portfolio of live HD cameras installed around the world.

In addition to the Lake Tahoe cameras, the Pearls of the Planet live cam collection features brown bears hunting salmon in Alaska, giant pandas in China, Siku the polar bear in Denmark, beluga whales and tropical fish from the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, a service puppy cam, and many more.

"The beauty of Lake Tahoe's breathtaking landscape is an amazing sight to behold at any time of the year, and now … people all over the world can experience it for themselves whenever they'd like," said Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, founder of explore.org. "This is the point of all our Pearls of the Planet initiative … to make the world accessible to people everywhere so that they can once again learn to love and care for the planet which they live on."

"We are thrilled to offer the new web cameras," said Kevin Mitchell, general manager for Homewood Mountain Resort. "It's a great way for viewers to appreciate Lake Tahoe, one of the world's most cherished mountain lakes, in real time."

The streaming camera's location at West Shore Café & Inn lends viewers a sense of standing directly on the shore of Lake Tahoe; while the second camera's on-mountain location at Homewood offers a vantage point from 500 feet above the water. Both present an unobstructed view of the country's second-deepest alpine lake and surrounding Sierra Nevada peaks in real time.

Visit westshorecafe.com or call (530) 525-5200 for information.