Mono Lake Sunrise

Given that October is not one of my busier months, I decided to share some of my personal work. Mono Lake is a small salt water lake near the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. It is often overlooked by people traveling to Yosemite, but it is definitely worth a stop. The Eastern Sierra’s are famous for their colorful sunrises caused by high clouds forming over the mountains and catching the first light in the morning.

Of course on this trip, there was not a cloud in the sky making the initial sunrise a little boring. Luckily, once the light reached the white Tufas (the salt vent formations in the photo,) they were brightly lit compared to the distant mountains making for a pretty dramatic black and white image.

If you go, plan on being at the lake before sunrise to capture the best light and colors. After, head over to the Mobile station in Lee Vining for Breakfast. Believe it or not, the gas station has one of the most amazing restaurants in California.

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