Tufas in the Mist - Mono Lake, Lee Vining, California

While the tufas that populate the lakeshore of the southern end of Mono Lake are the primary subjects for photographers, the weather conditions and great light can make the tufas in the lake stand out. I was fortunate to experience these conditions on our second sunrise visit to the lake earlier this month. When we got to the lake, there were clouds present in the sky for one of the few times that week. Even more of a surprise was the low hanging fog / mist that was rising from the lake's surface. The early morning sun added the finishing touch that colored the whole scene in yellow-orange light. All I had to do was pick out the tufas that I wanted to capture and push the shutter button. I chose to contrast the tufas close to me with the tufas in the distance.