Over the summer, when I gave tours at South Tufa, visitors often asked me, “What does it look like here in the winter?” Since I had only spent summers in the Sierra, I honestly wasn’t sure. I knew the Sierra crest would probably be snow-covered, and possibly the Mono Craters, but I couldn’t say anything for certain. Now I have been fortunate enough to spend my first winter in the Mono Basin, and what an amazing season it has been so far—from frozen streams to snow-covered tufa to all the animal tracks which are suddenly visible after a snow shower.
I still rejoice every time it snows, even when it is just a few flurries, and not only because I grew up outside Atlanta where we were lucky to get a single dusting of snow each year, but because I know each snow flake is another drop of water for Mono Lake which is exactly what we need, especially during this record drought. Enjoy these snowy photos from this winter and let’s hope for much more to come in the weeks ahead!