Calcium carbonate towers built over thousand of years underwater at Mono Lake due to the interaction of submarine fresh water springs and the alkaline lake water. These towers were hidden underneath the water surface and got exposed once humans started with large scale water diversion from the eastern Sierra Nevada to Los Angeles City.
Early morning mood at Mono Lake’s southwest corner shore while a thick overcast provided an almost apocalyptic atmosphere. Softness in the sky and on the water was achieved with a Big Stopper filter.
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Beautiful effect of the slow shutter and the filter. the dark sky and surrounding makes it look as if the light source is from the tufa towers themselves. The reflection is awesome with soft texture. Black and white works and is always classic, but I can also imagine the golden colors on the towers in colors.
I saw this on Flikr and commented. Jo and I are off to the other side of the mountains in early October and this gives me some ideas to try. We are going to dry camp with the trailer in the Alabama Hills, then to Bishop for a few days in the canyon, then to Mono if there has not been any snow to hamper the trip out of Bishop north.
I will be going to the Bosque after Christmas and over New Years. If you want to meet up drop me a line.
I really like this for its minimalism and lack of color. Striking!
PB-Photography (2018/08/17 23:48:17): The east side of the Sierra Nevada is such a wonderful and photogenic area. I miss it dearly!!! The distance from New Mexico all the way to Bishop is prohibitive. I do not have that much time for solo trips anymore. Most of my photographic trips are now to take interested people around and they decide were the journey will take us.
I have off Thanksgiving and will be travelling to Spain and Portugal. Christmas and New Years I will be more or less stuck at work to compensate all the time off I had this year. Once your plans are more established and my work schedule is out we can reconcile them and see if there are compatibilities to see each other at Bosque. It would be GREAT!
I was searching for the right words as I many times do ... but yes apocalypitc is the best way to describe it. The towers also remind me of HR Gyger's paintings and film work, it all looks not "from this world". Landscapes or photos like this one must have inspired him. The b/w is so classy, so timeless, I love it. Great also the slightly moving clouds, wonderful how the sun illuminates the towers just in this part. Wonderful photo, Peter, fits the walls of a big empty room.