Time For Some Tufa

If you remember the last post I had of documenting the Lake Tahoe-Yosemite road trip from last May was driving through scenic Highway 395. Well, along this pretty scenic road is Mono Lake and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Tufa what? Tufa is defined as a porous rock composed of calcium carbonate and formed by precipitation from water, e.g., around mineral springs. I suggest you check out their website here for more information.

Anyway, the last time we were around these parts of the state, we went only as far as the visitor center and not because we lacked time, but because we didn't know there were something else to see here. I know, those were the days.

This time around we purposely skipped the visitor center and went straight to the where the south tufas are located. Along the road you can clearly follow the signs. It was middle of the day when we arrived and the sun was very intense and it was difficult if not stupid to stay under the sun as long as we wanted. There were no shaded areas to be found.

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Take your pick.

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Stay on the trail or else the uber vigilant park ranger will give you an earful.

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The grasses were tall in spring.

It's incredible what Mother Nature has in store for us to enjoy and all we have to do is go outside and look for them.

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My Flick'r album on the tufas is here.

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  1. I've been by Mono Lake and seen the tufas from a distance. Thanks for bringing them up close with your photos.

    Somber Desert Sky

  2. Neat shots of Mono Lake and the cool rock formations.. Thanks for sharing your trip! Happy Skywatching!

  3. Wow!! What an awesome place!! And your captures are superb!! I would love to visit there! Have a great weekend!!

  4. Those rocky features round the water's edge are such intriguing shapes. The 3rd last shot rock formation looks like a meerkat checking out the countryside. Gorgeous views enhanced by the blue of the waters and sky.

  5. Those are some interesting rock formations. It would be difficult not to linger in such a spot.

  6. What a beautiful place - I've never seen it before. Great shots!

  7. Tufas up close and personal. Nicely done.
    JM, Illinois

  8. Absolutely gorgeous rock formations.

  9. Wonderfully craggy scenery!

  10. Gorgeous, this is a place I would love to visit. First time I saw it wa in the magazin National Geographic many years ago :)

  11. Fantastic shots and I love the amazing formations.

  12. This is a fine series of pictures in and around Mono Lake. I like the rugged rocks with the unusual color.

  13. I love love the pictures! So relaxing ang ambiance!

  14. Wow, excellent! I live in CA but have never been to Mono lake area. This really makes me want to go!!

  15. Cool rocks and place thanks for shring the beautiful photos!

  16. Great pictures ... I've seen them, but never up so close.


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