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Mono Lake Lee Vining Tufa Late Afternoon Light 1

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I spent two weeks in late August in the Eastern High Sierras camping at June Lake. We had clear blue skies for all but two evenings. I saw some clouds developing one afternoon and drove to Mono lLake and headed down the narrow dirt road to the Lee Vining Tufa parking area, scratching my truck paint job on the bushes crowding the road. After a 30 minute tough bushwhack to the shore, I was rewarded with some nice light and great cloudy skies. I even had a short rainbow and sunrays coming through the broken clouds. The only thing missing was color at sunset. There was just pale yellow. Heading back to my truck through the old tufa and high thick brush in the dark was not fun.


At least here at this tufa area, I was the only photographer for this sunset.


Every time I visit the Lee Vining Tufa and fight my way from the parking area to the shore I swear I'll never do it again, but after a year or so I forget and do it again. I think that is the definition of insanity--doing the same thing over an over and each time expecting a different outcome. Visiting the Lee Vining Tufa is not for the faint of heart and is best done by a boat on the lake. Next time I am bringing my chain saw and will cut a path to the shore. ;>)

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Taken on August 26, 2011