Mono Lake

I am SOOO not a morning person! Even last year when I took the family for an overnight trip to Lee Vining, I slept in. Of course later on, I wished I would have gotten up early to photograph Mono Lake.

This trip I finally got up around 4:15 AM and drove down to the Mono Lake visitor center. As I sat there for a few minutes, I realized the Tufas were NOT at the visitor center. Luckily I remembered where they were and drove down to the South Tufa State Reserve with enough time to get some decent sunrise pictures.

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Those are stunning, particularly the 2nd and 3rd pics!


  2. I’m not a morning person either but it looks like it was well worth the effort. Great job Mike!


  3. I am NOT a morning person either, I like to take nature photos too… I have alot of sunset photos, and lots of beautiful pictures I took while visiting Glacier Nat. Park.


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