Soda Lake – Carrizo Plain National Monument

Soda Lake in Spring-Carrizo Plain NM

Soda Lake in Spring – Carrizo Plain National Monument, April 1, 2017

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The majority of California’s lakes are man made, but there are a few natural and amazingly surreal exceptions. Mono Lake with its salt water and strange limestone tufa jutting from the water comes to mind, and then there is Soda Lake (pictured above) which is also saline. No where else have I seen such intensely azure blue water ringed with stunningly white shores…and those are not rocks out there. They are giant tumbleweed. If you stand next to one they are about chest high.

Copyright 2017, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D810 DSLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, focal length 80mm, exposure:  f/8.0, 1/50 sec., ISO 64, exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Manfrotto 3021PRO tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headdepth of field measurement: Simple DoF Calculator app.iPhone 6 +, transportation: Nissan Xterra capture date and time: 4/01/2017, 8:02 am, post processing: Adobe Bridge, Camera RAW, Photoshop CC 2017. 


2 thoughts on “Soda Lake – Carrizo Plain National Monument

  1. Not only did you make a most lovely capture of Soda Lake but you also caught the Super Bloom. It’s rather contradictory that the tumbleweed grows in water, let alone salt water. Or does it just travel there with the express design to make your image even more beguiling? I had no idea they grew to be so large. Will wonders ever cease? I hope not.


    • The truth is that tumbleweed do not grow in water. They are dead when they break off at the stem and begin to tumble. These tumble weed were blown into Soda Lake by near gale force winds. Once in the water they became waterlogged and the weight made the stationary. They are very large, the bottom half of them hidden below the waterline.

      I’ve been around awhile, and I would say that wonders never cease. That’s what compels us to go out again and again.

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