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    Animal

Mono Lake Spire Tufa Formation - 1981

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>>> TUFA: a porous rock composed of calcium carbonate and formed by precipitation from water, e.g., around mineral springs.

Mono Lake is a majestic body of water covering about 65 square miles. It is an ancient lake, over 1 million years old -- one of the oldest lakes in North America. It has no outlet.

Throughout its long existence, salts and minerals have washed into the lake from Eastern Sierra streams. Freshwater evaporating from the lake each year has left the salts and minerals behind so that the lake is now about 2 1/2 times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean.

Most of these wonderful Tufa Formations are now back under the water as Los Angeles was finally ordered to stop diverting ALL of the water that flowed from the Sierras into this closed lake. The Stars are all circling the North Star, which is the white dot in the upper left.

Etienne_C, Cliff Stone, Mitamada, and 67 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. sunny-drunk 79 months ago | reply

    great shot............nice piece of work
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  2. zipponio 79 months ago | reply

    it' s really a masterpiece!

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  3. Sharper24 79 months ago | reply

    > Thank you ALL for your response to this image. Thank you for the honor of the invitations and for the Awards as it gives others a chance to see the image who might otherwise not. But thank you most of all for your questions and for your very generous and analytical comments!

  4. desert11sailor 79 months ago | reply

    This is definitely one of Flickrs Best

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  5. elsa11 79 months ago | reply

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  6. <Leonie Vienna> 79 months ago | reply

    looks like the landscape on a faraway planet .... great!!

  7. AdrianWarren 79 months ago | reply

    A lovely moonlit shot of Mono; well done. It's almost like another world!

    I like the star trails too; wondering whether there was a possibility of a longer exposure though, I think the trails would be even better longer. Maybe an ND filter if it was getting too bright?

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    From the Photographic Art Legacy group!

  8. Sharper24 79 months ago | reply

    > Hi, Adrian Warren Thank you for visiting this image and for your generous, analytical comments about the image. Also, thank you for the honor of the Photographic Art Legacy Award.

    To answer your question about achieving longer star trails, all you have to do is to choose a smaller aperture: i.e., Ap 16 or 22; however, the length of the exposure increases radically because of the recioprocity failure of film.

    If you are shooting digitally, it becomes a very complex process of multiple exposures sandwiched to maintain the star trails without noticeable gaps + figuring out the ultimate exposure time.

  9. Sharper24 79 months ago | reply

    > Thank you ALL for your response to this image. Thank you for the honor of the invitations and for the awards as it assures others will see the image who might otherwise not see it.

    Most of all, thank you for your generous, analytical comments and for your questions as it continues the learning process.

  10. frankeys creation 79 months ago | reply

    wow -- what a result! beautiful!


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  11. billkominsky  79 months ago | reply


    This Worldwide Recognized Photo was found in
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    These Tufa Spires are wonderful,did some in Mono Lake but not like these, super.

  12. LeszekZadlo 71 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 100 + Viewed Best of Geology (Add 1, Award 1), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  13. FireandWater7777 52 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called CITY OF GOLD, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  14. Gone Under Sea 44 months ago | reply

    outstanding work! really like the star trails..

  15. Marzetti Gianfranco 43 months ago | reply

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  16. Rise Liao 43 months ago | reply

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  17. Amocafre 43 months ago | reply

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  18. Aprehendiz-Ana Lía 43 months ago | reply

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