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Mono Lake At Dusk
©2012 Tomasz Dziubinski

Mono Lake At Dusk

Mono Lake, California

International Photography Awards - IPA 2012
2nd place in Nature - Sunset category


PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris 2012
A series of 5 images "Mono Lake Sunset"
Gold medal in the subcategory Nature/Sunset

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline lake in Mono County, California.
The lake has been formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a basin that has no outlet to the ocean. Because it lacks an outlet, dissolved salts make the lake very alkaline and saline.

Perhaps the most intriguing of Mono Lake's phenomena are the tufa (pronounced "toofah") towers visible along much of the shoreline. Tufa are made from calcium carbonate which makes its way into the lake from underground springs. The calcium and carbonate combine to form limestone which builds up over time around the lake bottom spring openings. Declining lake levels have exposed the tufa towers we see today. Some of these tufa towers are up to 30 feet high.

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp. Mono Lake is also notable for containing GFAJ-1, a rod-shaped extremophilic species of bacteria that may be capable of metabolizing the usually poisonous element arsenic.

The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika'a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkaline flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from flowing into the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response, winning a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level.

Mono Lake is a geologist's paradise. Currently, Mono Lake is in a geologically active area at the north end of the Mono–Inyo Craters volcanic chain and is close to Long Valley Caldera. Volcanic activity continues in the Mono Lake vicinity: the most recent eruption occurred 350 years ago, resulting in the formation of Paoha Island. Panum Crater (on the south shore of the lake) is an excellent example of a combined rhyolite dome and cinder cone.

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Irinka25-Apr-2015 14:10
Très bel effet,juste superbe !!
Marco Valk07-Dec-2014 13:40
Absolutely brilliant!!!
Sarah Rehfeldt13-Oct-2012 03:11
absolutely spectacular!
Helen Betts09-Oct-2012 20:17
Wow! Like a moonscape in the water. Absolutely stunning image, Tomasz. V.
MarcViskens09-Oct-2012 19:36
excellent excellent excellent
very nice gallery Tomasz
Chris Spracklen09-Oct-2012 11:03
An extraordinarily beautiful photo, my friend.
My compliments. *V*
Roy Birger Nilsen30-Jun-2012 22:57
Amazing work,fantastic!:-)
Quy Tran17-Mar-2012 03:01
Wow...cannot be better! Superb!
Algis Kemezys15-Mar-2012 09:40
.........(¯`v´¯) (¯`v´¯) Really Fine Image!
............... *•.¸.•* ♥⋆★•❥ Thanx & Smiles (ツ) & ♥ L☼√Ξ ☼ ♥
⋆───★•❥ ☼ .¸¸.•*`*•.♥V
Barry Ailetcher13-Mar-2012 22:02
wonderfull image
JOSE MATA12-Mar-2012 22:20
LeeG08-Mar-2012 04:23
Beautiful scene, Tomasz !
Tom LeRoy07-Mar-2012 07:28
Light and color are amazing. WOnderful shot. V
J. Scott Coile07-Mar-2012 06:31
Robert Ballard07-Mar-2012 02:38
This series of shots is spectacular. They're perfect in every way. I don't think I've ever seen such wonderful photos of Mono Lake before.
SageCreek Images06-Mar-2012 22:35
Awesome image...
Frank Kavanagh Photography06-Mar-2012 21:01
Oh wow, this is fabulous. Love it.V.
Mostafa Moftah06-Mar-2012 20:36
Great.. Great.. Great.. ~V
Patricia Kay06-Mar-2012 20:22
Absolutely breathtaking Tomasz...Love the gorgeous colors...BV
Graeme06-Mar-2012 20:17
A magnificent & very beautiful scene of this lake Tomasz.VV
René Gysi06-Mar-2012 19:57
Wonderful mood. Great work! V
Kinga Chwalkowska Zadlak06-Mar-2012 19:35
Mildred Alpern06-Mar-2012 19:00
Now we are in outer space on another planet, all liquid pink and gold
cjefferz06-Mar-2012 18:19
WOW... Beautiful
Vickie BROWN06-Mar-2012 18:00
Another masterpiece of this dramatic image, bravo!
Monique Becker et Jean Luc Bocquillon06-Mar-2012 17:39
Jola Dziubinska06-Mar-2012 17:33
Amazing light, it is such a great place! V.
Jeff Lobaugh06-Mar-2012 17:12
Phenomenal image!! I so much want to visit this place.
Walter O. Koenig06-Mar-2012 16:38
Amazing colors, light and clarity. A great shot. "V"
Santi Bravo Figueras06-Mar-2012 16:35
I only can say wow!
Gérard Koehl06-Mar-2012 16:22
Wow... Merveilleux. V
Jim Coffman06-Mar-2012 15:56
This is just awesome!!
Martin Wenzel06-Mar-2012 15:33
Great shot!
Bryan Murahashi06-Mar-2012 15:21
A beautiful scene and photograph. V
Douglas Stucky06-Mar-2012 15:05
Wow...incredible image!! vote
Dan06-Mar-2012 14:50
Wonderful v
John G Reed06-Mar-2012 14:39
Ditto below. Best J (v)
fdt06-Mar-2012 14:09
Great shot. f
soulis06-Mar-2012 14:04
Great! V.
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