These photos have been in my archives, unused, until today. Just over 5 years from the day they were shot. I love what I have been able to do with them and have no qualms about admitting to using every trick in my limited bag to make them look good. Or, at least, presentable.
“The tufa is a variety of limestone formed when carbonate minerals precipitate out of ambient temperature water. Geothermally heated hot springs sometimes produce similar (but less porous) carbonate deposits known as travertine. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine. It should not be confused with hot spring (thermogene) travertine. However, Mono Lake’s tufa is thermogene. Tufa, which is calcareous, should not be confused with tuff, a porous volcanic rock with a similar etymology that is sometimes also called ‘tufa’.”
And if I understood what I just said, I would have explained it in English. But I basically copied that information from Wikipedia.
Lynn and I had been married a little over one month when we decided to spend 5 days camping in Yellowstone Park with her sister and brother-in-law. On our way home, we stopped at Mono Lake because I had seen photos online and wanted to see the tufa in person, so to speak. We had not slept well. We had been cold, uncomfortable, and neither of us had showered in 5 days. We were not in good moods – either separate or collectively. We did not appreciate the tufa then.
We do now.
In Retrospect is an ongoing series of older photos from my archives, newly processed. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I enjoy revisiting the memories.