Mono Lake – Alkaline Pretty

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

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The railing was so full of stickers I was astounded, each one is unique

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From west

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To east, the road down wasn’t fun

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There is a county park on the northwest shore

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It was really lovely and I had my lunch here

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Playgrounds and exercise areas along with lots of green grass

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And there is lake access along this path and boardwalk

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It transitions into the state park that covers various important areas

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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

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This used to all be water

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But the draining did reveal spectacular rock formations that rose from the springs that fed the lake while underwater

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I see a ship here in this one, what do you see?

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A little closer

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And even closer!

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Another formation

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The meadow here was pretty spectacular as well

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Filled with tiny flowers

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And these interesting water plants

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Closer to the shore, but there isn’t beach access here due to the wetlands

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Tons of birds were here, I felt a little silly trying to ID them based on the pictures and descriptions provided by the park

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This black mound was a former volcanic cinder cone, and the site of an earthquake fissure, love the colors in this shot

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Paoha Island reflected in the lake

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Heading further south

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Better view of Paoha

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And Negit Island, the smaller, darker cousin to Paoha

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Next time we’ll go into the visitor center and learn more about things like brine shrimp and flies.

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