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Desert Brush Details, Mono Lake, 2012

 

Desert Brush Details, Mono Lake, 2012

Desert Brush Details, Mono Lake, 2012

Just prior to making this photo, I had shot a beautiful sunset over the Mono Lake. When all the light from the high clouds had disappeared, I turned around to scene lit by beautiful dispersed light, one that usually occurs after the sun has set.

Well, I went to the Eastern Sierras in late Sept to get some of the fall colors while they still lasted, but this evening, looking at the weather reports, there was some promise of a late evening storm clearing up around sunset, so I decided to go to Mono Lake, souther shore instead. The sunset was good, with some brightly lit high clouds over a ripple free reflecting lake, and to add to that, it was the full moon that night. While at the southern shores of the lake, it can be challenging to get the moon and the lake together, I did get a shot of the rising moon over the eastern ranges.

When all that was done, I found this little detail in the desert brush, not far from the shoreline. I used a long lens to pick some patterns in the tall grass and since it was already dark, to keep noise as low as possible, I resorted to a very long exposure (10s in this case). Lucky me, there was no wind to disturb these grasses.

 

 

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Shoreline, Crater Lake National Park, OR

Shoreline, Crater Lake, Oregon

Shoreline, Crater Lake, Oregon

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Early morning warm light hitting the inner slopes of Crater Lake. The partially melted snow along the banks create a pleasing weaving pattern emphasizing the reflective quality of the water

As promised, this is my favorite image from Crater Lake that I have. It takes some time for the rising sun to hit the western slopes and reach the water below. By western slopes I mean ‘The Watchman” right behind the Wizard Island. ┬áIt was fun to watch the orange glow hit the Watchman and then progressively reach down and touch the water below. If you don’t know what the Watchman or the Wizard island is, then click the thumbnail.

Since this was summer, sunrise was at 5:15 AM. On most days I would be fast asleep at this time, but I don’t know what got into me on a Friday evening that I decided to drive non-stop all night and reach Crater Lake for the sunrise. 5 – 6 photo shoot, and then I was fast asleep in the parking lot next to the visitor cafe.

This particular scene caught my eyes as the sun started lighting up the slopes. The distinct shoreline is made visible mainly because of the partially melted snow, showing the dark soil. The contrast between the snow, the dark soil and the shimmering reflections creates some beautiful patterns.

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