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Fall 2011 South Tufa Sunrise 9 | by C. Roy Yokingco
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Fall 2011 South Tufa Sunrise 9

And the landscapte started to look like it's ablaze, taking on the orange glow of the rising sun. The warm rays of light felt good on the face and hands, but it was still cold in the shade. There were small frozen pools all around the shoreline and frost was apparent even on tufas and dead plants.

 

This photo is a composite of three bracketed images, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro v4.1 and processed in Photoshop using plug-ins from Topaz Labs and Nik Software. Nikon Capture NX/2 was also used for spot highlights.

 

This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemie Valley, California.

 

Mono Lake is a lake in the Eastern Sierra of California. Located within the western desert basin in Mono County, it is fed by snowmelt from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and has no outlet to any ocean. Because it has no outlet, dissolved salts and minerals carried by the snowmelt make the lake very salty and alkaline. There are no fish in the lake but as much as 85% of California Seagulls are born in and around the million-year old ecosystem of Mono Lake.

 

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Taken on October 22, 2011