As much as Mono Lake blue hours are all about solitude and contemplation, it is sometimes hard to find quiet time during summer weekends. During one of my recent stays in Lee Vining I discovered an isolated spot, accessible via a short but steep climb up a slope just south of the lake. I settled in for the blue hour(s) with my telefoto lens directed towards a distinct tufa formation that is not visible from South Tufa, or during high water years. The lake was mirror-like still that night, and from my vantage point, the tufas appeared to float silently in the deep blue waters, and then through the changing light of dusk. As the lake started to reflect the colorful drama in the sky, the tufas themselves slowly transitioned from a chain of warm gold linked by black shadows into a range of silvery peaks, before receding into the deep dark velvety blue of the falling night. A very special memory of dusk at Mono Lake...

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