Friday, November 14, 2008


Dotting a few areas of Mono Lake, California are "tufa towers". They are made of calcium-carbonate and formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. This lake is a majestic body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, over 1,000,000 years old - one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet. Throughout its long existence, salts and mineral have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean.

I went there a couple of  years ago in the Fall to photograph the surrounding area with some friends. This morning I got up early, before sunrise, and stumbled down to the shore where I found a large group of photographers waiting to get some photos of the tufas at just the right light. It was interesting to listen to "picture-geeks" talk about techniques for capturing the light and shadows in this particular place. Apparently I was the only "non-Nikon" user in the area. 

I waited for what seemed hours for the sun to rise and I captured this shot. I'm pleased with the result. I hope you enjoy it as well. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Awesome shot! Congratulations.

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