Misty Morning Mono Lake
It’s that transitional time of year when the cold nights and latent moisture lead to morning mist and fog. No where does this create a more surreal scene than in the Great Basin. Cruising through the morning air, we are trapped with the mist beneath a layer of high stratus clouds. The radiance of the morning light illuminates the moisture, giving us a detailed view, but it is so bright that we seem to transit a monochromatic world made all the more stark by the dramatic landscape of Mono Lake and Yosemite beyond. While it looks calm, the lenticular clouds over the distant lake give a clue to the instability of the air as we skip across the current.