After dropping off the family back at home from spring break, I repacked with warmer clothes and headed out with my good friend Gus Bergnes for a photography road trip to Mono Lake, the Alabama Hills and Death Valley. Warmer clothes turned out to be a relative term, at least at Mono Lake. Sure, warmer than the shorts and T-shirts over spring break but brrrrr not warm enough for the temps in the teens at Mono Lake. Gus was not all too happy about his decision to leave his balaclava at home. “It’s not the temperature, it’s the wawawawind”. We got lucky with some clouds the first evening when this shot was taken but it was, unfortunately, blue skies for the rest of the trip.
Some guy, the only other person out there I think, kept walking in to my field of view while I was shooting at this spot. He was pretty polite about moving out of the way when I asked if he hoping for me to take his portrait among the tufa. Eventually he come over to have a look on my LCD at my images. Remarkably, after seeing this photo, he proceeded diss the composition and started to lecture me about where to put my camera and how I should frame the shot, actually pointing at ground to the very spot where I should put my tripod. Geez, nice to meet you too. Gus and I had a good laugh about it while reviving our hands holding bowls of chicken noodle soup at the Tiger Bar in June Lake.