Eastern Sierra

Photographs from the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California

Tufa, Mono Lake (2010)
Tufa, Mono Lake (2010)
For thousands of years, when Mono Lake was much larger than it is today, underwater springs bubbled up on the lake bottom. They carried small amounts of dissolved calcium which reacted with the lake’s alkaline waters to form these amazing formations – grain by grain, molecule by molecule. Today the lake level is much lower, exposing nature’s handiwork. Sunrise at Mono Lake is always thrilling with the sun warming these forms with its golden light. With wonder and joy, the new day begins