Photographer's Note

Many people asked how I got the pastel colors in the photo of the hay rake taken from Mono Inn at sunset. I suspect the pastel color can be explained by this photo.

As we approached Mono Lake on that tempestuous Friday, the lake appeared to be steaming. Further investigation, revealed that the wind was blowing clouds of the dried alkalai powder from the shores. Many come to Mono Lake to take pretty pictures and don't realize the magnitude of this environmental disaster!! Please read Peter's critique for more details.

When I look at the Sierras from the Eastern side, I often think of the people crossing a wide merciless desert only to be confonted by the Sierras. It's an 8000'/2500 m climb to the lowest pass. The clouds of alkalai remind me of a song about these pioneers.

Did you ever hear tell of Sweet Bestsy from Pike?

She crossed the wide desert with her husband Ike, with two yoke of cattle and one spotted hog, a tall Shanghai rooster and an old yaller dog.

The alkalai desert was burning and bare
and Ike cried in fear, "We are lost I declare!! My dear old Pike County, I'll come back to you,

Said Betsy, "You'll go by yourself if you do."

I don't think Mono Lake was an alkalai desert in the 1800s. However, as I arrive in air-conditioned comfort; I look up the very steep, but nicely paved highway of Tioga Pass and I think of those pioneers.

My biggest challenge was climbing on top of the pop-top camper roof to shoot the photo. I even had Larry hand the camera with its big lens up to me. In the WS, I've posted a photo that shows the dust clouds more clearly; I prefer the exposure and framing here.

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Additional Photos by Pat Lim (plimrn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
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