Photo of the Month – November 2011

Stormy Moon, South Tufa - Mono Lake, CA

Stormy Moon, South Tufa - Mono Lake, CA

 Stormy Moon, South Tufa – Mono Lake, CA

This photo was taken during a very stormy and cold late May in 2010. Just three days before, I had attended a “paint-out” and barbecue hosted by the Eastern Sierra Land Trust at the Historic Benton Hot Springs Ranch that had to be cut short due to snow! The “Sierra Wave” cloud formations that you see in the picture had just come from adding more late snow and freezing rain to the Sierras, and were headed towards the White Mountains to do the same. It wasn’t snowing at Mono Lake (el. 6,000′+) as I took this photo, but was very windy and cold.

Mono Lake is a salt lake in north-eastern California that is a major migratory stop and breeding ground for many types of birds. It is a starkly beautiful, mystical place. Until the late 1970′s, it was in danger of becoming a salt flat due to diversions by the Los Angeles DWP since the 1940′s. Since 1978, the Mono Lake Committee has worked to restore Mono Lake, and to educate the public about this special place.

The rock formation you see on the right side of the image (behind the sagebrush) is called a “Tufa”. These were at one time completely submerged, and were formed from calcium carbonate deposits around underwater springs ( This photo was taken in the “South Tufa Grove”, one of the areas of Mono Lake that is most abundant with tufa towers.

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Image Date: May 25, 2010, 7:27pm

Exposure: Canon EOS 5D Mark II- EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens – f22 – 1/160sec

Media: Printed June 2010 – Canon iPF5100 Archival Pigment Inkjet
Moab Entrada Rag Bright 100% Cotton Acid Free Paper – Archivally Matted
Framed in 20 X 26″ Pewter colored Aluminum Frame with UV  filtering Acrylic glass


This photo will be available for viewing and purchase from November 3-28 as part of the “Visions of Mono Lake” art show at the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center. The Center is open Thursdays through Mondays, 9am to 4:30pm, and located 1/2 mile north of Lee Vining. There will be an opening reception (that I will not be able to attend, unfortunately) November 18, 2011, from 5-7pm. It is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (who is partnering with the Mono Council for the Arts to bring the show to the Visitor Center) will also have discounts on many items in their bookstore in the Center that night.

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