Earlier this January, I drove from the Oregon coast to Death Valley (having to take a few detours as roads were closed due to snow). I was exhausted from the night driving through the snow and decided to stop at Mono Lake to rest and photograph sunrise.

I got out of the car 45 minutes before sunrise and had to hurry to catch the fleeting light on this lenticular cloud before I had time to scout for compositions.

Even though Mono Lake was just a stop over to my ultimate destination of Death Valley, this light was some of the best I have seen this year.

Edit: First upload failed, but there ended up being two images on 500px, so I deleted the extra one. Sorry for any lost comments, etc.

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