Mono Lake is a saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.
This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp and alkali flies. Historically, the native Kutzadika'a people derived nutrition from the Ephydra hians pupae, which live in the shallow waters around the edge of the lake.
We camp near by at June lake, we had an early dinner and came here for a sunset stroll with the kids.
What a wonderful light of the low sun. It makes all plants and even the rocks glow. A very special place and a special sky. Great!
Thank you for the informative note and the interesting map view!
Greetings from an a bit autumnal Germany!
W.Lim (2019/09/18 18:18:59): Thanks for the kind comment Frank.
I have the map is the wrong side of the lake. It is South Tufas area. I correct the map view. Have another look, it is more interesting in the South Tufas area than in the North.
I know this place very well and it is a joy to see in different light.
I believe the lake was not as saline as it is now before LAW&P came to the region. With 30+ years of uncontrolled water withdrawal from the Owens Basin and the surrounding streams increased the salinity and lower the levels but the level is still way below the 1964 standard. This year I noticed the lake was way up and only about 15-20 feet from the end of the boardwalk. I have not seen this high in many, many years. Thank you for two very good winters in a row. Lets pray for a third winter with lots of snow.
Excellent series of images.
W.Lim (2019/09/18 19:09:08): I expected to see much more water and there seems to be, but I was here 2012 and this one certain area was fill with water, but this time it was all dried, so I was a little confused if the water level decreases or 2012 was still a good rainy year? Perhaps the pool of water I saw was a result of the recent rain that leave the pool of water for a short few days. Anyway, that was my only guess. I posted that image here.
You had a wonderful evening light, which makes the whole scenery to glow. The Tufa towers make this lake so photogenic and they are nicely placed in your photo with some foreground greenness. What a fine sky as well. The LV is great to view.