After heading south from Bridgeport on my trip late last summer, I arrived at Mono Lake, one of the largest lakes in California and a very unique ecosystem. We’ll get into the meat of the place in the next post, this one is mostly views from the north and west shores.
At the pullout to see the view I found this lovely butterfly on the side of the road
The railing was so full of stickers I was astounded, each one is unique
To east, the road down wasn’t fun
There is a county park on the northwest shore
It was really lovely and I had my lunch here
Playgrounds and exercise areas along with lots of green grass
And there is lake access along this path and boardwalk
It transitions into the state park that covers various important areas
Back before diversions of its water to LA, this lake was much higher, so much so that the shore is a few thousand feet out from here
This used to all be water
But the draining did reveal spectacular rock formations that rose from the springs that fed the lake while underwater
I see a ship here in this one, what do you see?
A little closer
And even closer!
The meadow here was pretty spectacular as well
Filled with tiny flowers
And these interesting water plants
Closer to the shore, but there isn’t beach access here due to the wetlands
Tons of birds were here, I felt a little silly trying to ID them based on the pictures and descriptions provided by the park
This black mound was a former volcanic cinder cone, and the site of an earthquake fissure, love the colors in this shot
Paoha Island reflected in the lake
Heading further south
Better view of Paoha
And Negit Island, the smaller, darker cousin to Paoha
Next time we’ll go into the visitor center and learn more about things like brine shrimp and flies.