Saturday, November 14, 2009
Back to Nature, Yosemite National Park & Mono Lake
We initially headed for Yosemite, one of the most known US National Parks which covers a vast total area of 761,266 acres (308,073 ha) of wilderness.
Along the Merced river we bumped into this rock formation with interesting reflections.
One can easily spend a week in this magnificent wilderness area making images all day. No wonder the famous American photographer and environmentalist, Ansel Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22,1984), spend so much of his life photographing the beauty of Yosemite.
Ansel is especially known for his black and white photography and I can clearly see how the granite rock formations really are excellent B&W subjects.
After the steep descent, our next natural wonder was awaiting us, the majestic body of water, Mono Lake. An ancient alkaline lake, over 1 million years old and covering about 65 square miles with a salinity level twice as much as normal ocean water. For comparison the Dead Sea has a salinity level which is 8 times as much as the standard ocean water. It is one of the oldest lakes in North America and has no outlet.
The southern part of the lake has very interesting "Tufa" formations, which are calcium-carbonate spires and knobs formed by interaction of freshwater springs and alkaline lake water. Once again full of great photo opportunities.
Next, we started looking for Gold… more in the next blogpost!
Fly safe and happy shooting,