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Mono Lake

The interesting rock formations that make Mono Lake unique are called "tufa." Tufa is essentially common limestone. What is uncommon about this limestone is the way it forms. Typically, underwater springs rich in calcium mix with lake water rich in carbonates. As the calcium comes in contact with carbonates in the lake, a chemical reaction occurs resulting in calcium carbonate—limestone. The calcium carbonate precipitates around the spring, and over the course of decades to centuries, a tufa tower will grow. Tufa towers grow exclusively underwater, and some grow to heights of over 30 feet. The reason tufa is visible around Mono Lake is because the lake level fell dramatically after water diversions began in 1941.

In 1994, the California Water Board set permanent stream flows for Mono Basin streams and a lake level of 6,392 feet to protect Mono Lake's public trust values, as ordered by the California Supreme Court. The lake elevation afforded by the decision is still 25 feet below Mono Lake's pre-diversion level of 6,417 feet, but is expected to restore many lost public trust values and prevent future degradation of resources.

This collection of photos is a mix of Fuji Velvia film and Digital but mostly film shots. There is very little post work applied to these images; basically, cropping and sharpening. No colour enhancements on the film shots at all.
Mono Lake Sunrise
Mono Lake Sunrise
Shipwreck Rock
Shipwreck Rock
Mono Lake at Sunrise
Mono Lake at Sunrise
Mono Lake Aglow
Mono Lake Aglow
Mono Lake Dawn
Mono Lake Dawn
Mono Lake at Dawn
Mono Lake at Dawn
Mono Sunrise
Mono Sunrise
A Morning at Mono Lake
A Morning at Mono Lake
Dawning Over Mono Lake
Dawning Over Mono Lake
Early Dusting
Early Dusting
A Tufa Morning
A Tufa Morning
The Sunkissed Sierras
The Sunkissed Sierras
Mono Lake Aglow II
Mono Lake Aglow II
Sunkissed Mono Lake
Sunkissed Mono Lake
Mono Lake Sunset
Mono Lake Sunset
A Tufa Sunrise
A Tufa Sunrise
The Wings of Dawn
The Wings of Dawn
High Desert
High Desert
Fire in the Sky
Fire in the Sky
Desert Rabbitbush
Desert Rabbitbush
Sunrise - Mono Lake
Sunrise - Mono Lake
Pathway to the Sun
Pathway to the Sun
Mono e Mono
Mono e Mono
Reflected Tufa
Reflected Tufa
Mono Lake Morning
Mono Lake Morning
Mono Lake - Dawn
Mono Lake - Dawn
Good Morning Mono Lake
Good Morning Mono Lake
Tufa Gold
Tufa Gold
Morning Light - Mono Lake
Morning Light - Mono Lake
Monolithic Sunrise
Monolithic Sunrise
Layers - Mono Lake
Layers - Mono Lake
Eastern Sierra Morning
Eastern Sierra Morning
On the Wings of a New Dawn
On the Wings of a New Dawn
Tufa Morning
Tufa Morning
Brilliant Dawn
Brilliant Dawn
Majestic Mono Morning
Majestic Mono Morning