taken just as the sun had disappeared from view.
Mono Lake and its surrounding watershed encompass a unique region in California. Sagebrush, Jeffrey pines, volcanoes, tufa towers, gulls, grebes, brine shrimp, alkali flies, freshwater streams, and alkaline waters comprise an unlikely world at the transition between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert. Pronghorn antelope graze in the Bodie Hills while yellow-bellied Marmots bask in the High Sierra summer sun. Great Basin spadefoot toads fill the evening air with an endless chorus of croaking while Nighthawks hunt for insects in the fading twilight. Trillions of brine shrimp eat and mate beneath the briny waters of Mono Lake as Wilson’s Phalaropes feast on alkali flies in preparation for their non-stop flight to South America. Embracing 14 different ecological zones, over 1000 plant species, and roughly 400 recorded vertebrate species within its watershed, Mono Lake and its surrounding basin encompass one of California’s richest natural areas.
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Wandering_Dan (3449) 2007-11-20 10:42
An excellent use of the post-sunset light - I've seen too many people pack up and leave once the sun has gone down, not realizing that the best is often yet to come.
Very good positioning of the tufo also, both in the foreground and in the reflections. All in all a haunting image!
avene (12675) 2007-11-20 10:47
you gotta be kidding - this cannot be California, at least not the California I've seen in the movies. far North perhaps, judging from the cool and crispy colours of the sunset :) jokes aside, once again I learned something new on TE.
love the pastel colours in this shot, I find they create a very good contrast with the bit hell-ish looking textures of the tufa formations. thanks for sharing :)
corniste (4278) 2007-11-20 12:04
Fantastic POV. Congratulations!
lespicaros (5542) 2007-11-20 12:10
I like this place that I visited in 1997
Very nice picture
sleon (9402) 2007-11-20 12:25
This is a truly stunning capture. This is a photogenic place but you have nevertheless captured a special feel here, with the evening light and the mirror like calmness of the lake. The compo is well balanced and pleasing and the exposure range perfectly handled. Wonderful work!
gneufeld (15870) 2007-11-20 12:58
This is a fine image but I am imagining the effects that the sun might have displayed just before sundown? Good details here with pleasing end of day colors and light. Great work and TFS. Gerald
lilimih33 (9912) 2007-11-20 18:20
Trelly stange and wonderful atmosphere in your picture!
Fantastic colours and light!
jjcordier (69655) 2007-11-21 6:15
Magnifique lumière qui donne un aspect encore plus étrange à ces splendides formations géologiques. une très belle photo, derek!
fulvio52 (8314) 2007-11-21 7:41
awesome post-sunset Mono Lake shot.
I've been out there and I know that the best often comes after sunset, when everybody leaves.
Which is cool : more room for you...
Once again : wonderful effort!
See you soon,
markstaples (15670) 2007-11-21 9:00
A stunning photo, technically perfect with sharp foreground interest and sharp DOF. The colours and textures are excellent. Perfect.
Graymond (234) 2007-11-21 18:05
Ohh...really good. Great (subtle) lighting and nice colors. Well done.
France (125) 2007-11-29 7:13
Fantastic composition and light. Good sharpness. Atmosphere of serenity and peace.
A great shot,
- Copyright: Derek Daniel (derek3755) (2341)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-01
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon 24-105mm f4L
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-20 10:35
- Favorites: 1 [view]