Day Two, photographing fall foliage from Mono Lake to Mammoth

We got up before dawn to get shots of sunrise over Mono Lake. We were at the visitor center, which didn’t have the best foreground. Apparently the rest of the club was at the South Tufa Towers. Live and learn. Either place, the sunrise was spectacular.

The colors of this sunrise were spectacular, and ranged from hot yellow-orange-red to cool pink and blue, depending on camera settings.

By letting in a lot of light, the foreground shows up, but the colors in the sky got washed out.

sunrise at Mono Lake

These colors are fully saturated.

I loved the grays and yellows of sunrise over the Panum Craters.

With the intense colors of sunrise over, we moved to another location closer to the lake.

Frosted plant on frozen mud. Did I mention the temp was 19 degrees F?

Deergrass in morning light at Mono Lake

Golden grasses in morning light at Mono Lake

Tufa towers in morning light, Mono Lake, CA

Coyote tracks frozen in the mud

Historic 1922 roadhouse, Mono Lake

Roof with leaves, historic 1922 roadhouse, Mono Lake


Mono Lake in morning light from historic roadhouse


red bark


Yosemite National Park, eastern side, near Tioga Lake


Pinecone, pebbles and ice, Lee Vining Creek, Yosemite National Park
I think I’ll put the photos from the Canon of this day’s shoot in a separate post.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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2 Responses to Day Two, photographing fall foliage from Mono Lake to Mammoth

  1. maria santizo says:

    Awsome pictures; good description. Glad you included me and I’ll continue to follow up on future pic’s and notes.
    Happy to have spent time with you and Vic at Big Bear; good vacation as always with you; stunningly luxurious home.
    Take care; see you next trip back. Maria


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