|Mono Lake South Tufa|
Date: May 16, 2018
Place: Mono Lake, South Tufa Nature Preserve, Lee Vining, California
Coordinates: 37.938774, -119.027170
Kength: about 1.3 miles
My friend had been to Mono Lake before. And so have I, many, many times, including in the middle of winter. Still, we were traveling by it, and of course we were going to visit again this magical wonderland.
Coming down from Bridgeport where we had enjoyed the Travertine Hot Springs earlier, we first stopped at the Vista Point looking down over the Mono basin. Road 395 stretched like a silver line from below the hill we were on and onward to the lake, appearing to disappear in the water and reemerge on the far side.
I could imagine this lake much bigger, way before the city of Los Angeles claimed its water sources.
|View of Mono Lake from the vista point on north|
|Boardwalk at the South Tufa Nature Preserve|
Mono Lake is a fly-by sanctuary for birds migrating through the Eastern Sierra corridor. Around the year we get to see different species in and around the water.
|Great Basin Bulrush, Amphiscirpus nevadensis|
Some of the Mono Lake birds are year-round residents, like the osprey that also nest there. The osprey fled off site to fish in fresh water lakes and creeks nearby (like Convict Lake, which we visited later that day).
|The gull island|
|Female Cowbird in Bulrush|
My friend went ahead of me while I paused to admire each and every tufa formation. They all tell the story of the lake but with good imagination they tell others, more surreal stories as well. The one below, for example, is the thrown of the troll queen. You can see her green hair just below the main pillar.
And of course there are the 'remains of the sunken ship' off shore. The image of tufa poking through the water surface is an inspiration for many.
|Geese and Gulls|
|Twocolor Phacelia, Phacelia bicolor|