• Glow from Bridgeport? Reno & Carson City? Hard to say but there was obviously some city up there putting out a lot of light.

Moonlit Mono Lake, Mono Lake California

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Can you see the Big Dipper? It's in there!
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I think Polaris is in there too but am not sure which one. If you spot it, feel free to note it on the picture!

Mono Lake is a strange and eerie place in the daytime. Past might it takes on a whole new eeriness with coyotes baying at the moon just a few yards away it can be quite distracting and a little unnerving. Still the beauty of this strange lake cannot be denied even in the middle of a half moonlit night. The lake was dead calm with little to no waves making for stunning reflections. The cloud cover was neither too much or too little and the starlight was spectacular on this incredibly clear night. The strange rock formations are called Tufas (tou-fa) and are formed underwater. As the freshwater was diverted from the lake, these strange and eerie rock formations rose to heights of 30 feet or more. They are now receding back into the lake as less water is diverted from the lake which is a natural breeding ground for the California Gull and many other water fowl. And in about 20 short years the tufas you see here will have disappeared beneath the lakes surface.

The Big Dipper constellation can clearly be seen on the right side of the image with the handle of the dipper pointed down. I am sure if you are the least bit in to astronomy you can count a dozen or more constellations in the sky. I am not sure as to the cause of the orange glow on the horizon but assume based on looking at Google Earth maps that it is quite probably light from Reno & Carson City several hundred miles to the north. If you look carefully at the full size image you can see small rocks and gravel under the edge of the perfectly calm water. Grass actually grows along the salt shoreline and added some great green colors to the image.

Hope you enjoy this one.

© Darvin Atkeson
LiquidMoonlight Studios

xris74, Melvada, Miguel De La Cruz ~, and 87 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. kimberlyrenee photography 30 months ago | reply

    I loved your work so much I added this to my favorites almost instantly!
    Congratulations on Explore!!!


    Via Today's Explore at #64 on Fluidr

  2. jean-marc losey 30 months ago | reply

    I like very much ...

  3. Photox0906 30 months ago | reply

    Your awesome photo was seen in A Photographer's Nature Group

  4. langkawi 30 months ago | reply

    That starry sky over the bizarre landscape is fanatastic - thanks for sharing these gems!

  5. jaffles 30 months ago | reply

    Great capture!

  6. Dale (Thanks for Visiting !!) 30 months ago | reply

    wow! what a fantastic stream ! thx for sharing.

  7. Joe mulgrew 30 months ago | reply

    Stunning light.

  8. woodwork's 30 months ago | reply

    Wow Darv...We got explored on the same day...That's pretty cool...

  9. ~Cess~ 30 months ago | reply

    Great shot, well done !
    Congrats on Explore !
    Seen in the interestingness archives. ( ?² )

  10. ~Cess~ 30 months ago | reply

    This invit counts as your first award !
    Cette invitation est votre premier award !
    Focus bronze award

  11. Yvonne Niemann Photography 30 months ago | reply

    Wow! You are so talented. Just beautiful.

  12. Viewfinder43 30 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous capture.

  13. MyLavie 30 months ago | reply

    Fantastique les couleurs! J'aime beaucoup vos photos .Bravo !

  14. aidan jarrar 30 months ago | reply

    crazy good man keep it up !!

  15. neil groves64 30 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colours here Darv, what exposure did you use and focal length?


  16. Paul Porter Photography 29 months ago | reply

    Ahhhhmazing light in this wonderful composition Darvin. Colors and textures are so rich and I love the star studded sky.

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