Wandering Camera – Mono Lake Sunrise


Hello everyone!  Welcome to this month’s Wandering Camera.  Today I would like to share a few more photos from our last camping trip.  Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra is a very special place.  Its fascinating geology lends to its beauty.  I was a novice photographer when I was there the last time during sunrise many years ago and that left an impression on me.  Now, years later, it was time to revisit and refresh that memory.



High Sierra Tioga Pass Sunset | Whims And Fancies


Wandering Camera – Sunset Hour


Last month I shared photos of a spontaneous visit to one of the many glacial lakes in the High Sierras during the sunset hour.  It was a magical hour.  Not quite so spontaneous, we headed out next morning toward Mono Lake for the sunrise.



Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies



In September, High Sierra mornings are already very cold.  Since we were going to be standing still by the lakeside for photography, we bundled up in layers of warm clothing and drove out in the darkness. 

The cold air, the gentle lapping of water on the shore, the peach and cream sky and the intensely blue lake interspersed by the Tufa all combined to make the place look very otherworldly.



Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies





Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies





Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies





Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies





Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies





Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies





Wandering Camera - Mono Lake Sunrise | Whims And Fancies




Unlike the sunset of the night before which unfolded over the course of an hour, the sunrise was a much briefer affair.   We left shortly thereafter with a dazed head from this ethereal early morning.




Fall Red Leaf Watercolour | Whims And Fancies



Next week is a holiday week here in the US, so I am posting this month’s Wandering Camera a week early. 

Thank you so much for sharing a little bit about where you live in the comments last month.  I not only loved reading them, I even made a few travel notes.  If you are in the US, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving next week.  If you are elsewhere, I wish you a wonderful week.


Will you be starting with early holiday shopping or do you have other plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving?  I will be visiting a redwood forest that I have not been to before.


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44 thoughts on “Wandering Camera – Mono Lake Sunrise

  • Susan Mann December 15, 2019 at 11:41

    So many beautiful photos and gorgeous skies. Nature really is beautiful xx

  • Sandra Walker December 13, 2019 at 17:17

    As always, incredible pictures, ethereal indeed. I particularly love that golden glowing bush that you have captured from a couple of angles. The reflection in the water of the sunset… I myself have seen some spectacular sunsets of late, on-fire-pink skies that I wish I had been at the lake’s edge to watch… Enjoy your down time with the books, cat and paints etc.

  • Mascha December 12, 2019 at 22:38

    Cold, but magically and wonderful in colors, thank for sharing (so I can “travel” to places, so far away).
    sorry, I’m late – it’s a lot of trouble with the care for my old mom…

  • Kim December 8, 2019 at 01:21

    Your “otherwordly” photos are sublime, Soma. Why, I do believe there is magic deep within that camera of yours.

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare December 6, 2019 at 02:42

    These photos are incredible! I can’t imagine being surrounded by those colours in real life :)

  • Tammie December 5, 2019 at 11:16

    Your photos are so beautiful. Just magical light. Dreamy and peaceful.
    Your leaf is lovely too.
    Wishing you beautiful holidays.

  • Cheryl Brickey December 2, 2019 at 17:12

    What interesting landscape features and beautiful pictures.

  • A ShutterBug Explores December 1, 2019 at 16:11

    wonderful series of gorgeous nature photos! Dynamic!

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  • NatureFootstep December 1, 2019 at 08:55

    wow, I always wanted to see this lake but I guess I never will. It is soo beautiful and strange and your shots are gorgeous.

  • Carol December 1, 2019 at 01:46

    Stunning photography

  • betty - NZ November 27, 2019 at 16:28

    What breath-taking scenery! I don’t do mornings, but I would for a view like that!! WOW!! I’m so glad you share the beauty with us.

    Your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week is much appreciated!
    My Corner of the World

  • Margy November 27, 2019 at 16:19

    They are really strange formations. I seem to remember a tall hill covered in obsidian nearby. – Margy

  • Sheryl November 27, 2019 at 12:49

    Wow Soma loving your beautiful pics ,thankyou for sharing them with us xx

  • Carol November 27, 2019 at 03:09

    All your photos are so beautiful – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • butterfly November 26, 2019 at 10:29

    Breathtakingly beautiful photos – what a place to experience the sunset and sunrise. And your leaf is beautiful too.
    Alison x

  • Sandra Nachlinger November 26, 2019 at 09:42

    Your photos are amazing. I would love to visit Mono Lake. I’ve just added it to my must-see list.

  • Lady Fi November 26, 2019 at 03:45

    Wow, wow and more WOW!

  • Rosie November 25, 2019 at 22:18

    Amazing photos, the colours are beautiful and the light too.

  • Andrée G Faubert November 25, 2019 at 14:04

    Hi Soma, your sunrise pictures are just as stunning as your sunset ones :-) What a wonderful lake. I’ve never heard of it and will have to find out more about it. Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Molly November 25, 2019 at 08:37

    Amazing images


  • Sallie November 25, 2019 at 08:26

    Beautiful photos of beautiful Mono Lake. We have been there, but many man years ago (before blogging, even before good camera). Would love to go back, although Im afraid I would never catch this beautiful sunrise in person. I saw your link on another blog and will try to link my post up here. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • rupam { xhobdo } November 25, 2019 at 00:31

    wow truly awesome pics.

  • Lydia C. Lee November 24, 2019 at 11:36

    They are really great photos!

  • Jean Marmo November 22, 2019 at 17:17

    Such stunning photos! Love the leaf!!

  • Su-sieee! Mac November 22, 2019 at 14:16

    Your photos are fantastic. It has been several decades since I’ve seen Mono Lake. Maybe it’s time for me to think about changing that. Cheers!

  • Pia November 22, 2019 at 10:56

    Ja der Mono Lake bleibt ein Magischer Ort. die Bilder sind wunderschön, eine richtige Augenweide.
    L G Pia

  • Nicole/DVAtist November 22, 2019 at 08:31

    These are simply gorgeous photos.

  • Elke November 22, 2019 at 08:28

    beautiful landscape shots and the autumn leaf is beautifully drawn!
    greetings Elke

  • Rain Frances November 22, 2019 at 06:35

    Just in passing Soma, I’m so glad I found your website, it’s opened me up to visiting people from all over the world and seeing their lovely photos! Is there any way I can subscribe to comments for this post, you know like we can do with Blogger?

  • Rain Frances November 22, 2019 at 06:25

    Hi Soma :) Your photos are so beautiful. I have never seen anything like it, thank you so much for sharing! I will try to wander a little bit when the weather gets better! I’m a wuss when it comes to cold lol! Our thanksgiving was in October, so I’m starting my Christmas planning now! :)

  • Christine November 22, 2019 at 06:05

    Gorgeous photos and stunning leaf art.

  • Linda Kunsman November 22, 2019 at 05:28

    oh my, these scenes are just breathtaking- soooo beautiful!! And your leaf with all those fine veins- gorgeous!! Happy PPF!

  • DecorCraftDesign November 22, 2019 at 04:21

    Gorgeous shots! And I love your leaf drawing, very detail!

  • riitta k November 21, 2019 at 22:23

    Your shots are all amazing – I just can’t choose a favourite <3 Wishing you a happy weekend.

  • Tammy S Asad November 21, 2019 at 20:53

    Gorgeous photos. I would much rather visit a forest than do any shopping. Hard to believe we are already heading into the last week of November.

  • Angie November 21, 2019 at 19:56

    Soma – the color in all of your photos is wonderful, but I am partial to the purple hues! We leave tomorrow for a trip to Ohio to visit family for Thanksgiving and for the baptism of a great-niece. The Friday after Thanksgiving – we will not be anywhere near shopping! We don’t have definitive plans, but I am hoping we will be walking in a park or involved in some other outdoor activity! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  • Mary November 21, 2019 at 17:18

    Mono has always held a special place in my heart too. There is something so calming and beautiful about it. Capturing it at sunrise in photos is stunning. The colors are breathtaking. I’m feeling your Sierra chill as I read this. ;-)

  • Susan November 21, 2019 at 14:23

    Stunningly beautiful pictures. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  • Sue November 21, 2019 at 13:48

    So many beautiful photos, the rocks in the lake are amazing. Your leaf drawing is beautiful.

  • Linda Calverley November 21, 2019 at 12:24

    I love your photos, such an interesting place and wonderful colours. Beautiful leaf too.

  • Elizabeth Day November 21, 2019 at 10:10

    These are absolutely amazing pictures. Thank you for sharing them. I am waiting for my right hand to completely heal following a suspension plasty procedure before I can get back out with a camera. Hate that I have missed capturing the Fall beauty here in Northwest Louisiana. We will be joining our daughter and her family in Dallas for Thanksgiving next week. May you have a most enjoyable trip.

  • Dixie November 21, 2019 at 09:49

    Wow! Utterly gorgeous pictures.
    Have a wonderful trip to the redwood forests. Hug the trees for me. (Did I mention I make a
    wonderful stowaway.)
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Soma!

  • Michelle November 21, 2019 at 08:21

    Beautiful photos! We were at Mono Lake last year in the Fall. It is a truly unique place. And such a pretty area. We also visited June Lake and the nearby ghost town of Bodie while we were there.

    Happy holidays!


  • Jennifer Jilks November 21, 2019 at 06:50

    Lots of beautiful photos. We had our Thanksgiving last month, here in Canada.

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