Thursday, November 26, 2009

ABC Wednesday & Skywatch Friday: S for Sunset at South Tufa

During our trip to Eastern Sierra in late October, one of the highlight was to visit the tufa at Mono Lake. Tufa is a strange geological phenomenon. It is similar to the stalactite and stalagmite in the cave. It is formed by the calcium carbonate deposit. But rather than formed by the water droplets from the cave ceiling, it is formed by the water forced out from the bottom of the lake. When the water sources of Mono Lake was diverted to feed Los Angeles, the water level of the lake dropped. The tufa was exposed for us to see. The best place to view the tufa at Mono Lake is at South Tufa.

The pale gray limestone columns are best viewed during the sunset or sunrise. We arrived at South Tufa just at the sunset, we were a little bit worried that we missed the timing. But actually the most dramatic view was after the sunset when the sky changed to brilliant red.

We have only a few minutes to catch the color before all changed to dark.

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20 comments:

Jay said...

That sunset is incredible! Good capture!

I didn't know tufa was deposits. I've always thought it was volcanic. Shows what I know, huh?

J Bar said...

That's amazing scenery and combined with the brilliant skies, it just looks magical. Marvellous.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Joops said...

Beautiful captures of the sunset!

The King Sun

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Amazing beautiful photos!

Hildred and Charles said...

What wonderful photos, - nature creates some pretty amazing rocks and skies and beaches and sunset, and it's great to get them in one superb picture.

Glennis said...

Amazing formations in the rocks and amazing colour in the sky.

uncleawang said...

Sir,How are you ?
Magical moment ,it's beautiful.

Sylvia K said...

What stunning, incredible shots! And what a fascinating place!! I love the reflections! Thanks for these!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! And enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sylvia

Reader Wil said...

Your photos are stunning! Interesting information too! Thanks for sharing! And for your visit and kind comment.

Nukke said...

And that was so interesting and beautiful !!!! That kind of odd stones you can not find here in Finland but I have seen those in Sweden in Gottland Island ! Stalactite is so interesting and it can form odd forms like there was a madonna in cave in Gottland. Thanks you so much for your comment in my blog ! :)

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

fantastic photography and even more interesting countrie!! I love it:)

JoAnn/Holland

Rinkly Rimes said...

What amazing shots and the colours are lovely.

Alexander said...

Beautiful shots and nice use of the limestone columns.

Have a good weekend.

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

J said...

Three stunning shots, but I don't really expect anything else here. I would love to go out on a boat on that lake.

Light and Voices said...

Clap. Clap. Still clapping at your stunning sunset at South Tufa.
Joyce-Illinois

Janie said...

Wow, great shots, and great information about the tufa. I just love the sunset colors you captured.

Rebecca said...

Truly Amazing, you should frame these...and now I want to visit this place :)

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Beautiful!

Rose said...

Beautiful photos! This is a magical scene--what an amazing experience this must have been to see it in person.

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

most amazing shapes - sort of revealed stalagmites - most interesting

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