The Mono Craters are among the youngest chains of volcanoes in the country, having initially erupted less than 40,000 years ago. In contrast, Mono Lake is one of the oldest lakes in North America, dating back over 760,000 years. This view of the craters is from the mouth of Lee Vining Creek, with colorful cottonwood leaves carried caught on the gravel streambed as they flow downstream. High clouds to the southwest reflect the last light of day.
To get this low perspective, I waded into the creek with rubber boots, and made numerous exposures. This was my favorite because it showed the leaves as well as the reflection of the sky onto the still water to the left. The lines of the creek edges from here serve to guide the viewer into the scene.
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Fall Twilight at Mono Lake Print