Blue moon over Mono Lake by Owed to Nature

Turning to leave South Tufa Beach, we found the moon and Venus shining in perfectly clear skies. So we lingered to enjoy the serenity of dusk reflecting steel blue on the Lake. A beautiful spot, we’d have to return. Little did we know, next day this tranquil scene would host sunset’s most dramatic performance of light, wind and clouds…

Dusk April 29 2012, Mono Lake, California USA
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 16mm, ISO 100, 10 seconds at f/8

April 30th’s sunset at Mono Lake…

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Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 2 years ago

    Lovely light and mood here, Sylvia! Superb image.

  • Many thanks for your wonderful words and faves Tula. Dusk is my favorite time of day. It’s like the light knows it’s about to get kicked out so gives the day one final hurrah. My kind of last call. Pleasure to share it with you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago


  • Many Thanks Lynn!

    – Owed to Nature

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazover 2 years ago

    Fantastic shot.

  • Thank you so much Marilyn!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • MANY Thanks for your gracious welcome, kinds words and support Larry.

    – Owed to Nature

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 2 years ago

    Very different view of Mono Lake, well done. You are very well traveled!

  • Many Thanks John! I don’t get to travel nearly as much as I’d like but when I do, make sure we take the time to see as much as possible and take advantage of every moment… Always surprises me how quickly folks leave a place especially when a little patience and observation yield special moments of solitude and the magic of unexpected gifts of light.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 2 years ago

    Beautiful ;)

  • Thank you so very much Robyn! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • CanyonWind
  • THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

    – Owed to Nature

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Many heartfelt thanks Lorilee!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

    Great mood!

  • Thank you so much Peter! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    August 10,2012 Congratulations

  • WOW! Thank you for such wonderful news and your generous group Feature Ann. So very, very much appreciated! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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