"The Ghosts of Mono Lake"
October 2010, Mono Lake, California
Shot at dawn. To me this image appears to reveal some mysterious nocturnal inhabitants of Mono Lake. I see them enjoying their last minutes of freedom before the rising sun forces them to take shelter in the deep . Those caught on the surface by the first rays of sunlight will be forever frozen in time, providing a perpetual reminder of the dangers of frivolous pursuits.
A more pragmatic and scientific explanation is that the dark figures in the lake are known as tufa formations. Mono Lake is renowned worldwide for its tufa which is essentially comprised of common limestone (calcium carbonate), and can reach heights of 20 feet. That being said, I still prefer explanation #1.
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