Mono Lake Tufa

Mono Lake, just east of Yosemite National Park, is an amazing saline lake that nearly disappeared when Los Angeles diverted water from the Mono Basin. The Mono Lake Committee launched a legal battle that ultimately managed to save the lake, and it is nearly back to its former levels, supporting a diverse ecosystem of flora & fauna. It’s another frequently photographed spot in my new home state, and one I finally managed to visit last year on a solo road trip up to Idaho.

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Exploring Morro Bay

Morro Rock is a giant solitary rock jutting out of a tiny strip of land that extends out from the Central Coast of California, not too far south of Big Sur. It’s a striking landmark that has been a frequent target of photographers, for good reason.

I came away from my one visit to Morro Rock and its Bay with several photos I was happy with. This is one of them, viewing the Rock from the state park to the north, during the magic sunset hour.