Mono Lake- California’s Alkaline Treasure

Mono Lake is a saline lake located in Central California, a few miles from the Nevada border. The lake’s high alkalinity comes from the lack of an outlet to the ocean. Today, the only thing that can live in the lake are brine shrimp and the types of algae they feed on. These brine shrimp are food for the 2 million birds that now use the lake as a major migration ground.

I visited in mid-September, right after a fierce thunderstorm had rolled through the area, and the clouds made for some stunning images.


My favorite HDR image of the lake


Feeding on the brine shrimp


Thousands of brine shrimp corpses litter the shoreline


High season for brine shrimp


Just some of the 2 million birds that call lake a seasonal home


Another of the wading migratory birds


Tufa, one of the lake’s most distinctive features


Sine the 1970s, the lake has been the site of environmental controversies


The term ‘Mono’ comes from “Monachi” a term for the native tribes that used to live near the lake


No wind= high reflective quality


Looking for food on the tufa

Mono Lake Committee Website

One Response to “Mono Lake- California’s Alkaline Treasure”

  1. Hogga says:

    that first picture is crazy good!

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