Dawn at Mono Lake's North Point, California

Posted by Don Smith (California, United States) on 12 December 2017 in Landscape & Rural.

How about an "Oldie but Goodie" today? Here is one from 2010 captured at dawn at Mono Lake's North Point. Mono Lake has no natural outlet. Minerals and other chemicals have built up in its water until it is now 2 1/2 times saltier than the ocean. Fresh-water springs "calcium-laden" water up from the lake's bottom, and the reaction of the two create calcium carbonate rocks that build up like stalagmites. Until the lake's water was diverted in the 1940s, these "tufa" towers were hidden under water, but now they are above the lake's surface. The most unusual can be found along the south edge of the lake, this image was captured along the north edge.

Dawn at North Point, Mono Lake, California

NOTE: A three minute time-exposure allowed for the movement in the clouds and the smoothness of the lake.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
174 second
F/16.0
ISO 400
200 mm

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