Winter blues, Mono Lake (California)

I'm sure it's completely uncool to admit that you really like one of your own pics, but this is my favorite pic I've taken at Mono to date--even more than any of the sunrise or sunset pics I've taken. This was about an hour before sunset, so I had nice, subdued light, and the snow on the eastern sierras behind the tufa in this shot was wonderfully reflective and kept the light nice and even. I was thrilled to have a windless afternoon (because man, can it ever get windy there), so reflections were great, too.


As the inestimable Mr. Breezy points out below, this one really does look best viewed large! :)

  • AIR BUS 4y

    Excellent capture!

    Awesome shot, Sharpness is wonderful.
  • Robin Black 4y

    Thanks for all the comments--much appreciated as always.

    David Thompson You crack me up!
  • Marc Briggs 4y

    I love the mirror like reflection of the tufa in the lake. Beautiful in blue and white here, nicely composed.
  • Jake "Forester" Barbour 4y

    Awesome cold blue wintry light!
  • 4y

    Reflections are just too damned perfect in this, Robin. Love the soft evening light.
  • Tom Grubbe 4y

    This is a beauty all right. Not just because of the clarity and the perfect reflection but because the subject is obvious - like a portrait. I might crop some sky out though.
  • mark pillsbury 4y

    Beautiful shot!!
  • Matt Granz Photography 4y

    Robin… you are making me want to get in my car and make a twelve hour drive to the Mono Basin…
  • Robin Black 4y

    Matt Granz Photography You say that like it's a bad thing... :-D
  • Paul C Bowman 4y

    Great comp, color and perfect reflection.
  • Francis Gagnon 4y

    Superb reflection!
  • Wu Liu 4y

    great image shows the wonderful nature.
    will trip there soon. thanks for shared.
  • Ben Schroeter 4y

    Excellent shot! Love the reflection.
  • David Shield 4y

    I can see why you like this so much Robin...I do too! I think the composition, color tone, reflection and clarity, all culminate in the result of a stunning image. I would definitely be proud to have taken this.
  • Hans Zitzler 4y

    wow .... very beautiful
  • Brian Wilson 4y

    Another WoW, this one's for me!
  • David Bank 4y

    What a stunning location. Would love to go there myself one day.
  • Henk Meijer Photography 4y

    been there in summer, but how i would love to go there in have a real beauty here!!!
  • birdlives9 4y

    gorgeous capture
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Taken on January 22, 2011
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