A full moon rises behind light cloud cover casting a ghostly glow beyond a fractured toppled tufa-mushroom at Winnemucca “dry” Lake, NV. These tufa formations were created thousands of years ago from discharging springs at the bottom of ancient Lake Lahontan, located in what would later be named, North America.
Shortly after the construction of the Derby Dam on the Truckee River, Winnemucca Lake desiccated in the early 1930’s, revealing more tufa creations throughout the area. What this place must have looked like to the native peoples from hundreds and thousands of years ago when they viewed these lands. Imagining the night skies not impacted by light pollution from modern cities, and the beaming stars and moonlight illuminating this ancient landscape, it is truly fascinating!
Captured January 2015, this is a single exposure. The snow patches in the foreground were from the only light snowfall we received in the beginning of 2015 out here in Nevada, a continuation of the ongoing drought. Needless to say, right after the start of New Year 2017, rain and snow have returned to the west coast, Sierra Nevada, and surrounding areas, with a vengeance!
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