We visited the "South Tufa" area of Mono Lake, known for its unique limestone formations. These exquisite tufa towers were formed by calcium-carbonate deposits over time. Mono Lake is one of the most ancient lakes in North America, over a million years old. I'm so glad the state took action by creating the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve which protects the tufa towers, lake, and the surrounding habitat. Each year 1-2 million birds flock to Mono Lake as an eating or nesting area. In the summer, there are naturalist guided tours and bird walks you can go on to learn more about the area. I hope to return for a weightless swim in the lake - with all the salinity, it's more dense than ocean water; which should make for a fun, floatable experience!
Photos by Andrew Gregor