Mono Lake Sunrise 4
The waters at Mono Lake appear calm and perfect for wading or a nice dip in photographs, but in person, you would not be so tempted! First, the smell of salt and decay is strong. There's a fine layer of salty dust that hangs about in the air, and the fecund smell of marsh is strong, as well. Second, the alkali flies are a good deterrent. Tiny flies live their lives in and around the shoreline, not actually needing to come to the surface to breathe as they acquire their oxygen through the photosynthesis of algae. Walking along the shore, you'll disturb many of them, and they'll open up a path before you.
© Drew Harbaugh Photography