Log in

No account? Create an account
07 July 2008 @ 11:15 pm
Tropical beach?  
This is Mono Lake. One of the oldest lakes in America and certainly the most beautifully colored water body I've seen. The Mono lake we see today is supposed to be a remnant of a much older, bigger water body that was many times larger than the 69 square miles it is today. At an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, with the Sierra-Nevada in sight, this is an absolutely gorgeous water body.

The South Beach

Mono Lake

The drive to the Tufa beach

A Tufa. From wikipedia: Tufa is a rough, thick, rock-like calcium carbonate deposit that forms by chemical precipitation from bodies of water with a high dissolved calcium content. The Tufa at Mono Lake is formed by precipitation from calcium-bearing spring water in an alkaline lake rich in carbonates.

Tufa. These were at the bottom of the lake thousands of years ago.

Tufa on the beach

Tufa in the sun. Notice the black color on the beach, close to the water's edge? Those are Alkali flies!

Anush Shettyanushsh on July 8th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
oooh beautiful..
kejnkejn on July 8th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
exciting landscape! i love the "tufa on the beach" pic.

"tuva" (or more ancient "tufva") in swedish means tuft (as in a tuft of grass). related words, probably.
Yathinyathin on July 8th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
I kept calling it Tofu there and even typed Tofu a bunch of times. what a sad diet i've got :(
Preethifiveonehalf on July 8th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC)
wow.. beautiful pictures!
ex_neke on July 8th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
Wow. That is amazing.
moment_of_memoment_of_me on July 8th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm terrified of water that's deeper than a bathtub! And your pictures gave me the shivers this morning!

They are so beautiful and clear that I feel like I'm there! And I must say, I've never seen water that was sinus-infection green!
Yathinyathin on July 8th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
oops, sorry for that. i hate going into waters where i can't see the floor, but i might go swimming in the Mono Lake if I get there again on a nice day. :)
moment_of_memoment_of_me on July 8th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Never apologize for posting such beautiful pictures! And if you go swimming there, you're a better man than, Gunga Din!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 9th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
> Never apologize for posting such beautiful pictures!

Yep! Especially for an armchair guy like me it is the next best thing to being there.
Ruth: Brunette with starlaruth on July 8th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous colours!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 9th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
The blue of the sky in last two photos was simply brilliant. Is that how it looked or appears that way in your photo?

I ask since I had once been to Karkala and had taken a bunch of photos, the sky didn't look that blue, but when the photos came back it was just like those two photos above.
Yathinyathin on July 9th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
> Is that how it looked or appears that way in your photo?

That's pretty much the way it was. However, I did play around with the exposure and saturation on the camera to get it to be more blue.
(Anonymous) on July 9th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
WOW! Mono lake is a historic place!

When authorities authorised the pollution of the lake, it was successfully challenged in court and it established a doctrine called "Public Trust" which said that it was the duty of the government to maintain and safegauard natural resources for the benefit of the mankind.