Canon EOS 5d mark III – Canon 24-105mm f4L IS lens
f13 ~ 1/400s ~ ISO 125
Taken near Lee Vining, California (US)
BassenThorpe Gallery 5-12-14
America the Beautiful 5-13-14
Your Country’s Best 5-14-14
A Photographers Craft 5-14-14
The Dreaming Sea and Inland Waters 5-17-14
SUPERBLY VISUAL 5-17-14
Mother Nature’s Finest 5-17-14
Everyday Women 5-20-14
VOLCANOES, Earths Geology & Atmosphere 5-20-14
All Water in Motion and Reflections in Water 5-20-14
West Coast States, USA 5-24-14
Northern California Group 5-25-14
Zen photography 6-10-14
Odd one out, strange and unusual 6-24-14
There is such a feeling of being in another world!!
Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.
This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp.
The human history of Mono Lake is associated with its productive ecosystem. The native Kutzadika’a people derived nutrition from the larvae of the alkali flies that live in the lake. When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response and won a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially restore the lake level.
The hypersalinity and high alkalinity (pH=10 or equivalent to 4 milligrams of NaOH per liter of water) of the lake means that no fish are native to the lake. An attempt by the California Department of Fish and Game to stock the lake failed.
The whole food chain of the lake is based on the high population of single-celled planktonic algae present in the warm, shallow waters. These algae reproduce rapidly during winter and early spring after winter runoff brings nutrients to the surface layer of water. By March the lake is “as green as pea soup” with photosynthesizing algae.
The lake is famous for the Mono Lake brine shrimp, Artemia monica, a tiny species of brine shrimp, no bigger than a thumbnail, that are endemic. During the warmer summer months, an estimated 4–6 trillion brine shrimp inhabit the lake. Brine shrimp have no food value for humans, but are a staple for birds of the region. The brine shrimp feed on microscopic algae.
Alkali flies, Ephydra hians live along the shores of the lake and walk underwater, encased in small air bubbles for grazing and to lay eggs. These flies are an important source of food for migratory and nesting birds.