And what a fascinating place. This unique saline tufa tower-graced soda lake spread out over 65 square miles formed over a million years ago and has no outlet to the ocean. Mono has a thriving ecosystem fed by 4-6 trillion of the lake's own endemic Mono Lake brine shrimp, swarms of alkali flies and a high population of algae. Something on the order of 1-2 million birds stop by to feed on this bounty every year.
Image Notes: the image is based on a single RAW image. I used luminosity masking to adjust the tonality of the image.