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Mono Lake Tufa Formations II

Posted by
Bill Brown (California, United States) on 1 August 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Mono Lake tufa formations photographed in the Fall of 2008, late afternoon at South Tufa area.

Canon EOS 5D 2 seconds F/4.0 ISO 100 60 mm

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Awesome rock formation!

1 Aug 2010 5:07am

@Chris Anderson: Thank you Chris!

Mici from Tg Mures, Romania


1 Aug 2010 7:05am

@Mici: Thank you Mici!

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Superb.... I love it!! fantastic image and details!!:)

1 Aug 2010 7:19am

@kate: Thank you Kate!

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

nice blue contrast to the rock ^^

1 Aug 2010 9:08am

@Catherine: Thanks for your comments!

Marie LC from France

every day more magnificent !

1 Aug 2010 11:07am

@Marie LC: Thank you Marie!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

If there was no water, I would think it was taken on the moon ;) Nice capture Bill !

1 Aug 2010 12:34pm

@Tamara: Thanks for your comments Tamara! The tufa formations are definitely different from anything I have ever seen.

QB from Canada

I would have thought the b&w was the only way to photograph these, after I saw yesterday's shot. But no, colour gives a whole new dimension to the texture on these structures. They appear almost alive, like coral.

1 Aug 2010 12:35pm

@QB: Thanks for your comments QB! The Mono Lake tufa is very much like coral in that they are both mostly composed of calcium carbonate (limestone). The tufa actually forms underwater as does coral. The reason we see the tufa towers above the lake and on the shores today is because the water level in the lake as drastically receded as a result of water diversions over the past 50 -60 years.

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Bill, This really IS have positioned the view of the tufas in such a way that they still remain (in my view) the primary subject along with a supporting cast of lovely light in the sky and absolutely wonderful glow off the lake . In short, a perfect photo sir - I have really loved all of your Mono Lake (and other) images - so wonderful.

1 Aug 2010 3:05pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you Denny! Your comments are always appreciated.

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

I have loved this ebtire series...very nice color, sharpness and detail! :)

1 Aug 2010 3:17pm

@Sara: Thank you Sara!

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

I didn't know this kind of formations ... very beautiful serie

1 Aug 2010 4:24pm

@Gilles: Thank you Gilles!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Perfect! The bluish tones in the distance as well as over the rocks is marvelous. I love this gateway into the horizon.

1 Aug 2010 4:30pm

@Bettina: Thanks for your comments Bettina.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Love the way the eye is led to the layers beyond Bill, great shot.

1 Aug 2010 7:02pm

@Curly: Thank you Curly!

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Amazing rock formations. Well captured. Are the rocks lava formations?

1 Aug 2010 8:38pm

@Philip: Thanks for your comments Philip! These are not lave formations, tufa consist mostly of calcium carbonate (limestone). See this link for a more detailed explanation:

LauraS from Chico, United States

Interesting color and tones. Could also be effective as B/W, I think. Nice series, Bill.

1 Aug 2010 10:08pm

@LauraS: Thanks for your comments Laura. I thought about posting this one in color also but I liked the way the color is displayed with the bluish tones. The lake elevation is 6376 feet so a greater amount of UV light comes through especially on a cloudy day.

Steve Rice from Olympia, Afghanistan

These formations are fabulous. I must see these up close and personal.

2 Aug 2010 10:33pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks for your comments Steve! If you have not been to Mono Lake, you are in for a real treat when you do make it.


Superbes couleurs!Magnifique paysage!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

3 Aug 2010 6:12pm

Canon EOS 5D
2 seconds
ISO 100
60 mm