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Sunset on the Tufa

We had a 360 degree sunset while visiting Mono Lake at sunset. After photographing the changing colors over the lake for quite some time, I panned around to the scene behind me and found that the sky was just as colorful, and I had been missing it !


Many of the tufa columns are inland as they were exposed by the steady drop in the lake level when the water was diverted to L.A. The lake is now at 6,382 feet high, down from the original level of 6,417 in the 1940's. It is rising very slowly, but probably won't return anywhere near original levels during my lifetime. You'll still be able to see the tufa columns for many years.

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Taken on August 21, 2012