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Tall evergreen trees line the yellow coast of a blue lake, and patches of ice surround the surface under bright sunlight.

Singing ice on a Mono Basin freshwater lake

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on December 5, 2020. As winter ’23-’24 starts out cold and fairly dry, we’ve been enjoying more singing ice on local freshwater lakes, so we’re bringing back this post! Today’s Mono Lake Moment…

Mono Lake water reflects the blue sky, and water it frozen in bumpy puddles on top of the tufa beach. Tufa towers loom in the background.

Mono Lake Moment: Lakeside bliss

Today’s Mono Lake Moment is a quiet, blissful, yet cold meditation by the lake. The green hue in the lake is its winter coat of algae, and the frozen areas directly in front of the camera are freshwater spring puddles—the…

Smooth snow covers sagebrush and other small shrubs in a large open area, with white snowy mountains in the distance.

Mono Lake Moment: Scenes from the storm

Today’s Mono Lake Moment revisits the storm in late January that dropped over 46″ of snow in just 48 hours in Lee Vining. In between shoveling, I wandered the town to capture the thick of the storm, snow plows working…

Snow covered trees against a clear blue sky.

Mono Lake Moment: New snow on trees

Today’s Mono Lake Moment shows off last night’s fresh snow stuck to the thin branches of the trees in town, creating a new winter wonderland look. These extra two and a half inches helped to refresh the sparkle and freshness…

The islands on Mono Lake and surrounding mountains are covered in snow, and the still water reflects the light blue and cloudy sky above.

Blue skies after the storm

Special times make for special Mono Lake Moments! After the storm ended, the sun came out and I got out and captured what I could of the Mono Basin while the snow was still fresh and pristine. This storm and…