Adventure 27: Off the beaten path

September 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

As I plotted our path from Lake Tahoe to the LA area there were some things I knew I'd like to do, and researched to find some other interesting places like Bodie (covered in the last blog entry).  I am a fan of exploring more obscure destinations and Mono Lake is something that caught my eye.  While we were in the area, we also did the June Lake Look drive before we headed in to Yosemite National Park.  

We headed to Mono Lake after our stop at Bodie, CA.  The drive out of Bodie gave us nice views of the Sierra Nevada range.

Mono Lake is a large, shallow salt lake formed at least 760,000 years ago.  This was our first vantage point of the lake, and it was worth a few photos!

We headed out to get down at lake level for some sunset photography.

Among the most iconic features of Mono Lake are the columns of limestone that tower over the water surface. This type of limestone rock is referred to as tufa, which is a term used for limestone that forms in low to moderate temperatures.  The tufas certainly added some visual interest to the photos.

And the skies constantly changed as the sunset, making for colorful photographs!

A beautiful sunset over the lake.

The next morning, we took the June Lake loop scenic drive which passes by 4 fresh water mountain lakes. 

I love aspen trees.  There will be a future trip dedicated to photographing these beauties in all their fall glory.  

And a nice view of the Sierra Nevada mountains as we made our way into Yosemite National Park.

All photographs were taken with a Canon 6D with Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM or on my Samsung Galaxy S7.

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