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A full moon rises behind light cloud cover casting a ghostly glow beyond fractured, and toppled tufa formations 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.
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