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Adobe Hills

Looking north, north of the Adobe Hills.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Look ahead on Dobie Meadows Road

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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  • Dobie Meadows Road, Mono County, California: 78000.
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Adobe Hills Spillway

View to south of the spillway.

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

This photograph was taken from the little promontory just north of the spillway. I had lunch here, and it could be a place to camp. The uppermost lake sediments can be seen in the approximate center of the photograph.

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Looking north across the spillway.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

The car is parked at the highest point. Water from Lake Russell (Mono Lake) would flow over the spillway toward the viewer.

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Location of Adobe Hills Spillway

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Collecting Location near the Adobe Hills Spillway.

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Snail shells in sediments

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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View north from Adobe Hills Spillway

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

The uppermost sediments of Pleistocene Lake Russell (ancestral Mono Lake) were quarried here to aid in construction of Dobie Meadows Road.

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Adobe Hills Spillway from a distance.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

Water from Lake Russell (Mono Lake) would flow over the spillway toward to viewer.

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Aeolian Buttes

Rock outcrop on edge of Aeolian Buttes

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Rock outcrop on edge of Aeolian Buttes

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Looking northwest over the Aeolian Buttes to Mt. Gibb

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Aeolian Buttes

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

Mono Craters in the background.

This is photograph number 2000 on this web site.

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Alameda Well

Alameda Well and buildings, from outside the fence.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Alger Creek

Alger Creek as seen from Silver Lake Campground

Photographed 3 October 2013.

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Alkali Valley

Looking north toward the playa in Alkali Valley.

Photograph taken 29 June 2010.

The old road can be seen at extreme right.

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The descent into Alkali Valley

Photograph taken 29 June 2010.

This grade can be a little rough, and is worth taking some extra time.

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Three little ducks, probably shovelers, in a spring beside Alkali Lake.

Photograph taken 28 June 2010.

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Andy Thompson Creek

Delta of Andy Thompson Creek.

Photographed 19 Jun 2013.

The plateau barely highlighted in the right middleground looks to me like a former delta of Andy Thompson Creek built during a higher stand of Mono Lake.

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Big Sand Flat

Big Sand Flat, from the southwest.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

The road at right is Pilot Spring Road.

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View southwest from the "Sand" marker.

Photograph taken 21 June 2010.

Big Sand Flat can be seen at left. Forest Road 1S19A can be seen left of center. The vegetation change is the result of a fire.

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Sand dunes on the edge of Big Sand Flat.

Photograph taken 17 June 2010.

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Big Sand Flat, looking into the Mono Basin from near Sagehen Summit.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Eastern portion of Big Sand Flat after sheep grazing.

Photograph taken 2 September 2010.

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Intersection of CA Highway 120 and "120 Cutoff Road," F. R. 1S06.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Wildlife exclosure (?) in Big Sand Flat.

Photograph taken 5 July 2010 in Big Sand Flat.

I also saw something similar to this in Alkali Valley.

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Marker at "Sand"

Photograph taken 21 June 2010.

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Looking southwest through Big Sand Flat

Photograph taken 5 July 2010 in Big Sand Flat.

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Collection location on the edge of Big Sand Flat

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Odd structure near Big Sand Flat

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

This looks like some kind of water collection device, such as a Guzzler. However, the water collection pan looks small relative to the storage pit.

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Lunch-time view near Big Sand Flat

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

I think the highest peak in the distance is Parker Peak.

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Wildflowers at Big Sand Flat.

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

The magenta-colored flowers are Skunky Monkey Flower (Diplacus mephiticus (Greene) G. L. Nesom) and the blue flowers are Mono Lake Lupine (Lupinus duranii Eastw.).

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Collection locality northwest of Big Sand Flat

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

This area burned several years ago.

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Black Point

Jack Rabbit on Black Point

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Black Point

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Black Point.

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Location of Collection No. 586, Eriastrum wilcoxii

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Top of the Fissure

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Inside the Fissure

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Top of the Fissure

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Entrance to the Fissure

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Map of Black Point

Base: Negit Island Quadrangle.

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Beginning of F. R. 02N42 on Cemetery Road

Photographed 22 May 2013.

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  • Forest Road 02N42 “Black Point Rd.” , Mono County, California: near Cemetery Rd.

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Bloody Canyon

Bloody Canyon

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

There are two valleys formed by moraines that can be seen exiting Bloody Canyon. Walker Lake and Walker Creek are in the largest valley that exits to the right. Moraines forming this valley have been dated as Tahoe, Tenaya, and Tioga age. Exiting to the left is the older moraine that defines Sawmill Canyon. This moraine has been dated as Mono Basin age by Sampson and Smith (2006). The peak on the left is Mount Lewis, and the peak on the right is Mount Gibbs.

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Bodie & Benton

Bodie & Benton roadbed looking south.

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Bodie & Benton roadbed looking north.

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Bodie and Benton Railway

Spike pattern in railroad tie.

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Bodie and Benton Railway roadbed south of Mono Mills

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Bodie and Benton Railway roadbed.

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Bodie Hills

Looking south toward Mt. Biedeman

Photograph taken 25 July 2010.

Mats of Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii are in the center foreground.

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Looking east into the Mono Basin.

Photograph taken 25 July 2010.

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Small road north of Mt. Biedeman

Map prepared 30 July 2010.

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  • Unknown Forest Road, Mono County, California: map.

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Miners cabin in Cottonwood Canyon.

Photograph taken 25 July 2010 in the Bodie Hills, about midway through Cottonwood Canyon.

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Antelope in the Bodie Hills

Photograph taken 25 July 2010 in the Bodie Hills, northeast of Mt. Biedeman and south of California Highway 270.

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Coyote Springs Road descends to Mormon Meadow

Photographed 24 August 2012.

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Sheep in lower Mormon Meadow

Photographed 21 June 2012.

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Descending into Mormon Meadow from Bridgeport Canyon

Photographed 21 June 2012.

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Bohler Canyon

My collecting locality in Bohler Canyon

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Arborglyph beside Bohler Creek.

Photograph taken 18 June 2010.

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View east from Bohler Canyon

Photograph taken 18 June 2010.

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Second collecting locality in Bohler Canyon.

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

This is the place where a small road crosses the creek. There is also a broken down cabin here.

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Looking up Bohler Canyon

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

I think it's Mount Gibbs on the left, and Mount Dana on the right.

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Bohler Creek just below Farrington Siphon

Photographed 20 May 2013.

The GNIS does not recognize a “Bohler Creek.” Regardless, this is the creek draining from Bohler Canyon, which the GNIS does recognize.

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Bridgeport Canyon

Meadow in upper Bridgeport Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

This meadow was watered by a fairly large spring that does not appear to be named.

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Coyote Spring in Bridgeport Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Coyote Spring in Bridgeport Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Mudflow breccia in Bridgeport Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Lower end of Bridgeport Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07 from Goat Ranch Cutoff.

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Unnamed spring in Bridgeport Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Mono Lake, Cowtrack Mountain, and the White Mountains from Bridgeport Canyon.

Photograph taken 20 June 2010.

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View across Mono Basin to Cowtrack Mountain

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Natural rock garden in Bridgeport Canyon.

Photographed 22 May 2013.

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Meadow cleaned out by sheep.

Photographed 24 August 2012.

Note that the Iris is still there; eventually it will take over.

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Plants collected in one spot in Bridgeport Canyon.

Date of Collections: 22 May 2013.

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: upper Bridgeport Cyn.

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Low water level in the pool at Coyote Spring.

Photographed 24 August 2012.

It looked like the water had been pumped out; for sheep?

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Carl Sharsmith

Carl Sharsmith

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: CarlSharsmith.

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Cedar Hill

Shorelines on Cedar Hill

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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View of Cedar Hill acress Mono Lake.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

Cedar Hill is in the middleground from center to right of center.

The peak on the skyline left of center is Mount Hicks. The peak at back left is Aurora Peak. Both of these peaks are in Nevada.

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Chesnut and Drew

Chesnut and Drew in the Mono Lake basin, 1889.

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Conway Ranch

Conway Ranch

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Conway Ranch from US Highway 395

Photograph taken 4-Jun-06.

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Conway Ranch

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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General view towards Conway Ranch

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

Dunderberg Peak in the background.

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Conway Ranch from Copper Mountain

Photographed 22 June 2012.

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Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain from US Highway 395

Photograph taken 22 June 2011.

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View from east face of Copper Mountain.

Photograph taken 22 June 2011.

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Cemetery near Copper Mountain.

Photograph taken 22 June 2011.

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Mill site on east face of Copper Mountain.

Photograph taken 22 June 2011.

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East face of Copper Mountain.

Photograph taken 22 June 2011.

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There is one rare plant collection from Copper Mountain

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: northwest corner.

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Cottonwood Canyon

Middle Cottonwood Canyon on the road to Bodie

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Upper Cottonwood Canyon from CA Highway 270

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

As you can see below, there indeed a few cottonwoods in Cottonwood Canyon.

In the left middle ground, the light-colored patch is the playa where later in the day I will collect the little caespitose lupine, my collection number 487.

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The road climbing out of Cottonwood Canyon

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Main channel of Cottonwood Canyon diverges from road

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

Flow of water would be toward the viewer.

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Murphy Spring … Full O' Cows

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

Murphy Spring drains into Mono Lake by way of Cottonwood Canyon.

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County Ponds

One of the County Ponds

Photographed 5 October 2013.

This is an artificial pond; source of water is unknown to me. Negit Island is in the center middle distance. Mono Craters in the right distance, and in the left distance the light colored area shows the extent of the Indian Fire of 2012.

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  • Forest Road 02N108, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California: at ponds.
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View west across County Ponds.

Photographed 5 October 2013.

The brown hump in the left middleground is Black Point, a surtseyan volcano. The snow covered peak in the center is Mount Warren, with Lee Vining Peak at left, and Mount Gilcrest at right. The broad plateau below Mount Warren is a likely relict terrain from the relatively recent Sierran uplift. I have heard it called the “Warren Bench.” However, GNIS does not supply a name for this feature, but does recognize a “Warren Bench” to the south, just west of Big Pine, California.

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  • Forest Road 02N108, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California: at ponds.
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Cowtrack Mountain

Southeast shore of Mono Lake as seen from Cowtrack Mountain

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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View southwest from Cowtrack Mountain

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

This photo, taken just above the switchback on Cowtrack Mountain Road, shows California Highway 120 in the foreground valley, Sagehen Meadow in the middle distance, and Sagehen Peak on the left distance.

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A portion of Cowtrack Mountain Road

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

Cowtrack Mountain Road goes down to the water tank, turns left, and then climbs out of this little valley back into the Mono Basin. Straight ahead, the little valley drains through Granite Basin into Adobe Valley.

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Flat area near top of Cowtrack Mountain

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Cowtrack Mountain as seen from Rush Creek delta.

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

One reason to care about the visually ignoble Cowtrack Mountain is that it represents the southeast margin of the Mono Basin.

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Summit of Cowtrack Mountain

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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View of Cowtrack Mountain Road from CA Hwy 120

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Cowtrack Mountain from the GPS station.

Photograph taken 16 June 2011.

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Cowtrack Mountain with the top burned off by the Indian Fire of 2013.

Photographed 22 June 2015.

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Crooked Meadows

Spring in Crooked Meadows

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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Spring in Crooked Meadows

Photographed 21 May 2013.

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Small creek in Crooked Meadows

Photographed 18 June 2012

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Deadman Summit

Looking north into the Mono Basin from Deadman Summit.

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Deadman Summit in the southbound direction.

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

The sign on the northbound direction had been wiped out.

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Interpretive sign at Deadman Summit

Photographed 30 May 2012.

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Dechambeau Ranch

Dechambeau Ranch from Black Point Road

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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  • Forest Road 02N20 “Dechambeau Ranch Road,” Mono County, California: at Black Pt Rd.
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Deer Creek

Deer Creek canyon above Lundy Canyon

Photographed 22 June 2012.

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Dry Creek

Road into Dry Creek meadow.

Photograph taken 12 July 2010.

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Looking northwest into Dry Creek.

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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Open gate and fallen tree.

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

This chain had no lock on it; could have been cut off the chain.

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Road crosses a dry tributary of Dry Creek.

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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View upsteam (northeast) of Dry Creek.

Photograph taken 8 July 2010 from crossing of Dry Creek by Forest Road 1S56.

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  • Forest Road 1S56, Mono County, California: at Dry Creek.
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View downstream (west) of Dry Creek.

Photograph taken 8 July 2010 from crossing of Dry Creek by Forest Road 1S56.

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  • Forest Road 1S56, Mono County, California: at Dry Creek.
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Looking into Dry Creek drainage from divide.

Photograph taken 8 July 2010 from near the intersection of Forest Road 1S17 and 1S56.

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Meadow in Dry Creek Canyon.

Photograph taken 12 July 2010.

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  • Forest Road 1S160B (Former 1S438), Mono County, California: s. end of mdw.
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The gate at the south end of the road.

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

I checked this gate carefully. The chain was intact and it had a USFS lock on it. Since, the chain was intact, I assumed the gate was purposefully left open, and drove through.

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The gate at the south end of the road.

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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Spring boxes on Dry Creek

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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Spring (dry) at the mouth of Dry Creek in Big Sand Flat.

Photographed 4 October 2013.

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East Crater Sand Flat

View west, Oh Ridge in the middleground

Photographed 25 August 2012.

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East Craters Sand Flat

Playa on East Craters Sand Flat.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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View of southwest portion of East Craters Sand Flat.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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East Craters Sand Flat from Pumice Mine Road

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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East Craters Sand Flat from Pumice Mine Road

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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East Craters Sand Flat from Pumice Mine Road

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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West end of Forest Road 1S08.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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  • Forest Road 1S08, Mono County, California: at 1S40.
  • "Pumice Mine Road," Inyo Forest Road 1S40, Mono County, California: at 1S08.
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Looking west across East Craters Sand Flat on F. R. 1S08

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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East Craters Sand Flat, looking southwest from the approximate center.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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East Craters Sand Flat from Pumice Mine Road

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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East Craters Sand Flat, looking south from the north end.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Eastern Mono Valley

Anchor eyes embedded in the ridges of patterned ground.

Photographed 20 June 2012.

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View east on 3N101

Photographed 20 June 2012.

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  • Inyo Forest Road 3N101, Mono County, California, and Mineral County, Nevada: in Sect. 16.
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View west on 3N101

Photographed 20 June 2012.

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Ridges in the patterned ground near Deep Cañon

Photographed 20 June 2012.

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Powerline road just north of Deep Wells.

Photographed 20 June 2012.

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Farrington Ranch

Location of Farrington Ranch.

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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Farrington's, with Mono Craters in background

Photographed 20 May 2013.

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Flora Construction

How the Flora is Built

30 November 2012

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Data Model

30 November 2012

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: data base.

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Flora of the Mono Lake basin

Title slide of my Mono Lake presentation

6 March 2014.

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Former Shorelines

Location of collection nos. 828-831.

Photographed 18 June 2012. I think this area was a shoreline delta during higher stands of Mono Lake, and has since been eroded by a stream.

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Goat Ranch

Goat Ranch

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

The building with the long red roof on right side of photo is the original school house (behind picket white fence) that was established in 1897. This is where the early family attended school next door to where they lived. Unfortunately, the fire destroyed this historical landmark in 2009 (Joseph L. Scanavino, personal communication, 2012).

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Cabin at Goat Ranch

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

This is the original blacksmith shop used by the early Scanavino family. It was built by my grandfather, Giuseppe (Joe) Scanavino in early 1900s and used by my father until he passed away in 1955. Wagon wheels and horse snowshoes were made in this building, including tools needed for the ranch (Joseph L. Scanavino, personal communication, 2012).

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Goat Ranch from the west.

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07 from Goat Ranch Cutoff, west of Coyote Springs Road.

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Grant Lake

Water spills over the Grant Lake Dam.

Photograph taken 14 June 2011.

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View of Grant Lake to the north.

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

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Upper end of Grant Lake from the moraine.

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

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Water comes down the Grant Lake spillway

Photograph taken 14 June 2011.

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Grant Lake from dam.

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Standing wave at the end of the Grant Lake spillway.

Photograph taken 14 June 2011.

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Grant Lake from the north shore.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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View of Grant Lake from the moraine on the south side.

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

I assume the landform in the center of the photo is a late-stage terminal moraine.

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Former road, now a foot trail

Photographed 24 July 2013.

It's smoky today due to the Aspen fire set by lightning on Monday, July 22nd.

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Bed rock peninsula in Grant Lake

Photographed 24 July 2013.

It's smoky today due to the Aspen fire set by lightning on Monday, July 22.

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Spring box feeding the Grant Lake Marina

Photographed 24 July 2013.

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Gull Lake

Gull Lake from the north

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Gull Lake, in the June Lakes Loop.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

Gull Lake is the second highest of the chain of four lakes on the June Lakes Loop, below June Lake, and above Silver Lake.

The peak at left is Carson Peak.

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Wet meadow adjacent to Gull Lake.

Photographed 9 September 2011.

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  • Forest Road 02S93, "Gull Lake Car Top Boat Launch," Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California: near Gull Lk.

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Gull Lake

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Gull Lake in the evening.

Photographed 21 July 2013.

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Horseshoe Canyon

Pond near Silver Lake

Photograph taken 9 Sep 2011. The tailpiece of the windmill says, "Little River Pond Mill."

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Waterfall on Rush Creek above Silver Meadows

Photograph taken 9 Sep 2011.

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Billions … Trillions! To conduct wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya, but no dollars to keep the poopers open in Silver Lake.

Photograph taken 10 Sep 2011.

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No toilet paper in the pooper at Silver Lake. You can bet there was plenty of toilet paper in the halls of Congress.

Photographed 3 October 2013.

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Horseshoe Canyon Moraine

Road off the rim of the moraine.

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

The upper portion of this road is really steep. We came down it. I could probably go up, but would rather not.

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  • Inyo Forest Road 1S104, Mono County, California: at 1S31.
  • Inyo Forest Road 1S31 “Reversed Peak,” Mono County, California: at 1S104.
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Mono Lake from the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

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Location of collections 767-770.

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

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Cheryl reads her book while I botanize.

Photograph taken 20 June 2011, the last day of Spring, June 20, 2011, high on the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine above Grant Lake. Mt. Wood in the background.

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Grant Lake and north from the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

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  • Inyo Forest Road 1S31 “Reversed Peak,” Mono County, California: near switchback.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Horseshoe Canyon moraine.

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Reversed Peak anchors the Horseshoe Canyon Moraine

Photograph taken 20 June 2011.

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Hu-Gwa-Tee Rush Creek Cemetery

View for Hu-Gwa-Tee Rush Creek Cemetery

Photograph taken 30 August 2010.

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Sign for Hu-Gwa-Tee Rush Creek Cemetery

Photograph taken 30 August 2010.

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Indian Spring

Indian Spring after the Indian fire.

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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Jordan Spring

View of Jordan Spring

Photograph taken 10 Sep 2011.

This is the 4000th photograph on my web site.

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Jordan Spring.

Photographed 22 June 2012.

This pond is dry in 2012.

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June Lake

June Lake and Oh! Ridge from North Shore Drive

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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June Lake from the north side

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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  • Field Notes: 14-Aug-08.
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June Lake from Observation Platform

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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June Lake in the early morning.

Photographed 22 July 2013.

This view shows the beach at the north end of June Lake, the collection locality of my collection #1033 of Potentilla anserina L. ssp. anserina. See also images/MLF_V1_Slide11.jpg

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Legend of the June Lake Slot Machines

Photographed 24 July 2013.

Legend of June Lake Slot Machines
During the 1930's, in central Mono County, demand for gaming entertainment skyrocketed with the influx of hundreds of employees working on the Mono Basin project. To accomodate the workers, many local bars and cafes installed slot machines. Although illegal, there (sic) use in Mono County thrived for many years. Unfortunately, upon completion of the aqueduct in 1941 and transfer of all workers, demand for this activity diminished. Within a few years most slot machines were voluntarily removed. It was rumored that the last slot machines were hastily dumped into June Lake in the middle of the night by local merchants in response to an imminent raid by the state revenue agents. However, the legend of the slot machines did not end there. Over the years, numerous attempts to locate them by special cold water dive teams failed. Although no one has recently inserted a coin into one and pulled the handle, many people still gamble on hitting the jackpot and finding these “one armed bandits” at the bottom of June Lake. Forever lost? Time will tell.
Dedicated September 11, 2010
Bodie Chapter No. 64
E Clampus Vitus

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Lago

Location of Lago, a ficticious town in the movie High Plains Drifter.

Photographed 4 October 2013.

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  • Lago, Mono County, California

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Larkin Lake

Mud hole in Larkin Lake.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

This is artificial, having been scoped out some time ago.

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Pollywogs, dead pollywogs, and yellow jackets at Larkin Lake.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

In the center of Larkin Lake, a hole has been scooped out, and resulting hole contained some very green water. There were pollywogs in the water, some of which had front and back legs. But many had died. The yellow jackets were swarming to eat the dead pollywogs.

Later, having returned home, I reviewed the collections of frogs at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ). There are four species of frogs that have been collected in Mono County. They are:

  1. Great Basin Spadefoot Toad (Spea intermontana).
  2. Mountain Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens).
  3. Mountain Yellow-legged Frog (Rana muscosa).
  4. Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla).
Of the four species, it seems more likely that the species I found at Larkin Lake is the Great Basin Spadefoot Toad. The true frogs (Rana sp.) and the tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) have been collected in the Sierra Nevada of Mono County, or at the Sierra front, but not out in the Great Basin of Mono County.

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Larkin Lake from the south edge.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Lee Vining

Mono Market in Lee Vining

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Looking north on US Highway 395

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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El Mono Hotel and Latte Da Coffee Café

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Downtown Lee Vining.

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Building of the Mono Basin Historical Society

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Lee Vining as seen from Mono Lake County Lake

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

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Mono Lake Committee building.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

Headquarters of the Mono Lake Committee.

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Pinyons in Love; gusty winds blow pollen in the Pinyon groves above Lee Vining

Photographed 17 June 2012 in Lee Vining, California.

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Lee Vining Canyon

View across the canyon.

Photograph taken 19 June 2010.

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Lee Vining Canyon

Photograph taken 22-Sep-06.

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Aqueduct Intake in Lee Vining Canyon

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

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Lee Vining Canyon in the early morning.

Photograph taken 27-Jun-07.

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View across the canyon.

Photograph taken 19 June 2010.

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Poole Power House in Lee Vining Canyon

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

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Habitat of Coll. No. 922 in Lee Vining Canyon

Photographed 20 May 2013.

Coll. No. 922 is the willow in the middleground.

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West slope taxa found in Lee Vining Canyon

Several taxa are found in Lee Vining Canyon that are more typically found on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada:

  • Chrysolepis sempervirens (Kellogg) Hjelmq. Bush Chinquapin.
  • Cornus sericea L. ssp. sericea. (Syn: Cornus stolonifera Michaux ) Creek Dogwood
  • Keckiella breviflora (Lindl.) Straw var. glabrisepala (D. D. Keck) N. H. Holmgren. Bush Beardtongue.
  • Solanum xanti A. Gray. Chaparral Nightshade.

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Pelton wheel from the Poole Hydro-Electric Station.

Photographed 20 May 2013.

Poole Hydro Electric Plant
Pelton Water Wheel
In service 1924 to 1971. Total electric power
generated: 19 billion kilowatt hours.

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Lee Vining Creek

Fishing tackle caught on telephone wire.

Photograph taken June 12, 2008.

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Lee Vining Creek near downtown Lee Vining

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Lee Vining Creek at Aspen Campground, California

Photograph taken June 12, 2008.

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Outlet of Lee Vining Creek into Mono Lake.

Photographed 23 July 2013.

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Lee Vining Creek enters Mono Lake.

Photographed 5 October 2013.

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Outlet of Lee Vining Creek into Mono Lake.

Photographed 23 July 2013.

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Lee Vining Creek in its delta.

Photographed 5 October 2013.

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Access road to Lee Vining Creek delta.

Photographed 5 October 2013. The road to this parking lot does not have a Forest Road designation. However, if diverges to the right from the road to Old Marina. It provides a good location from which to explore the northwest side of the Lee Vining Creek delta.

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Lee Vining Creek Delta

View of Lee Vining Creek delta

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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View of Lee Vining Creek delta

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Lee Vining Ridge

Lee Vining ridge behind the town of Lee Vining, composed in part of the Log Cabin Mine pendant.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

The Log Cabin Mine pendant is composed of middle Devonian metasediments deposited submarine fan system.

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Lime Kiln

Lime Kiln, north shore Mono Lake.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Little Sand Flat

Little Sand Flat from burned forested island.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Mono Craters west of Little Sand Flat.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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South end of Little Sand Flat.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Mono Craters as seen from Little Sand Flat

Photograph taken 23 July 2010 in Little Sand Flat.

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Little Sand Flat and Mono Craters.

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Location of Mono Lake

Location of Mono Lake in the Southwest

Map drawn 29 January 2016.

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Lower Horse Meadow

Lower Horse Meadow with Mono Lake beyond.

Photographed 2 August 2010.

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Lower Horse Meadow with Mono Lake beyond.

Photographed 2 August 2010.

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Lundy

Plaque at Lundy

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

Lundy

Home of the May Lundy Mine. Site of W. J. Lundy sawmill supplying lumber to Bodie in 1878. Organized as the Homer Mining District in 1879 by Wasson, Nye, and Homer. Plagued by snowslides and partially destroyed by fire in 1886. Lundy's page of Mono County's history reads wild, rugged and raw, but her gold was rich and yellow.

Dedicated June 10, 1967.
Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus
Mono County Board of Supervisors

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  • Lundy, Mono County, California

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Lundy Lake Resort at Lundy

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Lundy Canyon

Lundy Canyon and Copper Mountain from Black Point

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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More rock art in Lundy Canyon.

Photographed 21 June 2012.

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Lakes Canyon Trail trailhead.

Photographed 21 June 2012.

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Lundy Canyon from Copper Mountain

Photographed 22 June 2012.

Inset: Leptosiphon nuttallii found nearby.

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  • Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Road 181 "Jordan Spring Road," Mono County, California: near Copper Mountain.
  • Field Notes: 22 Jun 2012.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Lundy Cyn.

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Lundy Lake

Lundy Lake

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

The trail along the opposite bank of the lake goes to the May Lundy Mine.

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Lundy Lake Dam

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

The little canyon on the other side of the dam contains Deer Creek.

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Lower side of Lundy Lake dam.

Photographed 21 June 2012.

I took this photograph because there are several collections that were described as made just below the dam.

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Maps

Location of Mono Basin Research Group sites.

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McPherson Grade

View of the McPherson Grade area after the Indian Fire.

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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View west down McPherson Grade

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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Drifting sand near Indian Spring

Photographed 23 June 2015.

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McPherson Grade after the Indian Fire

Photographed 23 June 2015.

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Mill Creek

Mill Creek near Mono Lake.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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  • Cemetery Road, Forest Road 02N40, Mono County, California: near Mill Creek.
  • Field Notes: 23 Sep 2006.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: at Mill Creek.

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General View of the Mill Creek delta

Photographed 22 July 2013.

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Mill Creek just below US Highway 395.

Photographed 22 July 2013.

Location of Coll. No. 1013, Myosotis laxa Bay Forget-Me-Not. The Forget-Me-Not was growing on the far side of the little island on the other side of the creek.

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One distributary of Mill Creek where Coll. Nos. 1007-9 were made.

Photographed 22 July 2013 in the Mill Creek delta, Mono Lake.

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Habitat of Coll. No. 1005, Veronica

Photographed 22 July 2013 in the Mill Creek delta, Mono Lake.

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Mill Creek just below Cemetery Road

Photographed 20 June 2012.

Below Cemetery Road, Mill Creek is straight and channelized.

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Mill Creek above Cemetery Road.

Photographed 21 June 2012.

The gravel bar here has diverted the direct flow of the water and created some habitat for plants.

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Mill Creek above Cemetery Road.

Photographed 21 June 2012.

The gravel bar here has diverted the direct flow of the water and created some habitat for plants.

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Frog Rock

Photographed 21 June 2012.

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Mill Creek Powerhouse

Mill Creek Powerhouse

Photograph taken 22 June 2011, strongly backlit but, there you have it!

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Mono Basin National Forest Visitor Center

Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center

Photograph: Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

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Mono Basin Research Group

Vicinity of MBRG Site P-5

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

Photograph looks south west, directly away from the lake.

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  • Field Notes: 6-Jul-2009.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Site P-5.

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Vicinity of MBRG Site P-5

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

Photograph looks north east, directly toward from the lake.

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  • Field Notes: 6-Jul-2009.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Site P-5.

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Vicinity of MBRG Site P-4

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

Photograph looks southeast, directly downslope, toward the lake.

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  • Forest Road 02N42 “Black Point Rd.” , Mono County, California: at end.
  • Field Notes: 6-Jul-2009.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Site P-4.

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Vicinity of MBRG Site P-4

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

Photograph looks northwest, directly upslope, away from the lake.

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  • Forest Road 02N42 “Black Point Rd.” , Mono County, California: at end.
  • Field Notes: 6-Jul-2009.
  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Site P-4.

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Mono City

Mono City from Copper Mountain

Photographed 22 June 2012.

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Mono Craters

Mono Craters from South Tufa, late afternoon sun

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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View into steam explosion pit of the Mono Craters Punch Bowl.

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Haul Truck on Pumice Mine Road

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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View northwest along 1S38 from Mono Craters to Warren Bench.

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Construction works for Mono Craters tunnel.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Pumice Mine on Mono Craters across East Craters Sand Flat

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Mono Craters from the northshore of Mono Lake.

Photographed 22 May 2013.

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Mono Craters seen from the Lee Vining Creek delta.

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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View across Pumice Valley to Mono Craters

Photographed 20 May 2013.

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Mono Diggins

Mono Diggins from the Mill Creek Power House

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Plaque for Mono Diggins at Vista Point

Photograph taken 14 June 2011.

Mono Diggins
About 1 mile N.E. of here lies Mono Diggins, the first extensive placer mining excitement east of the Sierra. Cord Norst is generally credited with being the discoverer on July 4, 1859. A town, Monoville, boasted a transient population of 500 - 1000. A post office was established December 12, 1859, was closed by April 2, 1862, as the prospectors moved on to Aurora.

One of the most ambitious hydraulic water projects of the time was the transportaiton of water from Virginia Creek to the Diggins by open ditches known as "The Mono Ditch." The remnants of the system may be seen by looking easterly from the highway summit or northerly from the bottom of the grade.

Plaque dedicated September 8, 1978
Bodie Chapter of E. Clampus Vitus

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Sinnamon Cut

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

Panorama from four photographs.

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Meadow at Mono Diggins.

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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View of Rattlesnake Gulch

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

You can just see the roof of a cabin in the center of the photograph.

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Map showing location of Mono Diggins and surrounding locations.

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An old cabin at Mono Diggins

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Eriogonum in bloom between Rattlesnake and Bacon Gulches.

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Mono Lake

Negit Island in Mono Lake on a stormy spring afternoon

Photograph taken May 31, 2009

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Old Marina at Mono Lake

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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Shoreline at Old Marina

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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Paoha Island from small hill near Panum Crater.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Negit Island from Mono Basin Visitor Center

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Panorama of Mono Lake near Conway Summit

Photograph taken 4-Jun-06.

Wilson Creek enters the photo in the right middleground, comes laterally across the center of the photo through the far side of the meadow, and then turns southeast toward Mono Lake. I think it is likely that the meadow is artificially created by a ditch that comes from the powerhouse at the base of Copper Mountain.

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South Tufa Area from a small hill near Panum Crater.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

The parking lot is behind the tree branch.

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Paoha Island from the Mono Basin Visitor Center

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Mono Lake from "Sand"

Photograph taken 21 June 2010.

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West shoreline of Mono Lake.

Photograph taken 4-Jun-06.

Former shorelines of higher lake stands are prominently highlighted by the late afternoon sun.

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Mono Lake and the Mono Basin as seen from Cowtrack Mountain

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Lake levels not returned to state-mandated levels

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: How is the lake doing?.

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Lake-side habitat at Old Marina

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: lakeside at Old Marina.

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The Northwest Shore of Mono Lake.

Photographed 18 June 2012.

Mono Lake County Park is in the left middleground, and Mill Creek in right middleground.

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Mono Lake basin

View west on California Highway 167

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Looking northwest on Dobie Meadows Road

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

The yellow sign says "Next 10 Miles." Unfortunately, we don't know what it's warning us about. Probably Sandy conditions.

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Stabilized dune beside the road.

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

It wasn't all that clear to me whether this was a stabilized dune, or a moderately eroded beach strand. It could have been some of each.

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Mono Valley from Deep Wells.

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Mono Lake to the south.

Photograph taken 19 June 2011.

This view was taken from Goat Ranch Cutoff, at the base of the Bodie Hills. A stabilized Mono Dune is visible in the middleground. The soil here was a mixture of wind-blown sand and metamorphic colluvium from the Bodie Hills. There were only Pinyons here, no Junipers.

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Intersection of 1S06 and 1S13

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Stabilized dune in Mono Valley

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Stabilized dunes along California Highway 167

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Sand dunes near Mono Lake.

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

A road to the south gives access to the shore of Mono Lake and the sand dunes. There are sand dunes on both the north and south sides of California Highway 167 for several miles. A description of the Mono Dunes studied by Pavlik (1985) suggests that he studied the dunes to the north.

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Nevada State boundary at end of California Highway 167.

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Highway 395, at the junction with California Highway 120.

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South end of Forest Road 1S88.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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  • Forest Road 1S05, "Bald Mountain Road," Mono County, California: at 1S88.
  • Forest Road 1S88, Mono County, California: at 1S05.
  • Field Notes: 13-Aug-08.

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Overview Map of Mono Lake basin

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: 101050.

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East end of Forest Road 1S12

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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  • "Pilot Spring Road," Forest Road 1S04, Mono County, California: at 1S12.
  • Forest Road 1S12, Mono County, California: near 1S04.
  • Field Notes: at 1S12.

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Looking into Mono Lake basin near Sagehen Peak

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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Little road heading south.

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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Looking east on California Highway 167

Photograph taken 5-Jun-06.

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Sagehen Meadow Road in Mono Lake basin

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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Sagehen Meadow Road in Mono Lake basin.

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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View into Mono Lake basin from Sagehen Meadow Road

Photograph taken 23 July 2010.

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Number of Collections by Location.

This map shows where plants have been collected in the Mono Basin. It was prepared by collecting events at each point described by latitude and longitude. Collections made in the Upper Mono Basin (above 8400 feet) are excluded.

Some data could not be accurately portrayed and was deleted. For example, some collections give the location as "Mono Lake" or even just "Mono Basin." It's impossible to know where to place a marker for these collections, and they are not shown on this map.

Other data has been portrayed as accurately as can be, but may not be the actual place of collection. For example, all of Miss Maud Minthorn's collections give the location as "vicinity of Lundy." These are all plotted at Lundy.

Other collections give only creek names as locations, such as "Lee Vining Creek." or "Rush Creek." These have been plotted on the deltas of those respective creeks, where they enter Mono Lake. Collections that have location descriptions such as "Lee Vining Creek near USFS Ranger Station" are plotted at the most specific point possible, in this case, at the Lee Vining Ranger Station in Lee Vining Canyon.

The map shows that there are many collections around the northwest shore of Mono Lake, in Lee Vining Canyon, and in Lundy Canyon. Big Sand Flat is also a popular collecting locality.

Not unexpectedly, there are few collections from the eastern portions of the Mono Basin. I am a little surprised at how few collections there are in the Bodie Hills, along the north side of the basin.

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View of the Mono Lake basin from Sagehen Meadow Road

Photograph taken 15 Jul 2010.

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Looking out of Mono Lake basin

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Number of Collections by Location.

This map shows where plants have been collected in the Mono Basin. It was prepared by collecting events at each point described by latitude and longitude. See text for additional explanation.

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Collection Localities.

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Memorial Plaque for Sheriff James P. Dolan

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

Sheriff James P. Dolan

In July of 1915, the peace and quiet of Mono County was shattered when Sheriff James P. Dolan died as the result of gunshot wounds received while attempting to apprehend two outlaws who had terrorized ranchers a short distance from this location.

Outraged by the shooting of Sheriff Dolan, the citizenry of Mono County quickly organized a Sheriff's posse which tracked the outlaws to a location near Mono Craters. Justice was served when both outlaws were killed in a shootout with possemen. A coroner's inquest determined "death caused by resisting arrest by duly constituted representatives of the sheriff's office."

Sheriff Dolan, the 15th lawman to serve that office since the formation of Mono County, made the ultimate sacrifice with the fearless determination which had been entrusted to him by the citizens of Mono County.

By Martin A. Strelneck

Sheriff-Mono County 1993

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Looking southeast on Dobie Meadows Road

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

This photo was taken at the junction of Dobie Meadows Road and California Highway 167, and looks southeast across Mono Valley to the Adobe Hills and the White Mountains in the distance.

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View north in US Highway 395 from Pumice Mine Road.

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Deformed sediments near Mill Creek

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

This popular geology field trip location is an example of soft sediment deformation of late Pleistocene - Holocene lake sediments, probably triggered by seismic shock.

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Looking into Mono Lake basin on Bald Mountain Road

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts

In sight of this location is the grave of Adeline Carson Stilts, daughter of scout, guide, and explorer Kit Carson. Called "Prairie Flower" by her father, and considered to be his favorite child, she came to the gold site of "Mono Diggins'" with her husband in about 1858. She died in the winter of 1859, at the age of 21, at the home of her friends, known as the Wilson Ranch.

Dedicated September 8. 1974

Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus

Mono County Board of Supervisors

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Israel C. Russell (1852-1906)

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Israel Russel.

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Looking into the Mono Basin

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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  • Mc Pherson Grade, Mono County, CA: near divide.
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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: 110470.

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Mono Craters and the Sierra crest from a small hill near Crooked.

Photographed 23 August 2012.

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Mono Lake and Lee Vining from Copper Mountain

Photographed 22 June 2012.

This photo shows Lee Vining, westernmost Mono Lake, and US Highway 395 snaking along the shore. Taken at about 9:45 AM, the only time to get good lighting on this photo might be very early morning, sometime around the summer solstice.

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Mono Lake Cemetery

Mono Lake Cemetery

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Mono Lake Chautauqua

John Harris shows off a kangeroo mouse

Photograph taken June 20, 2010

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Mono Lake County Park

Two American Avocets in breeding plumage.

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

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Moth seen at Mono Lake County Park

Photograph taken 14 July 2010.

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Concert in Mono Lake County Park at conclusion of the 2010 Chautauqua.

Photograph taken 20 June 2010.

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Singer-songwriters Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai sing at the Mono Lake Chautauqua picnic.

Photograph taken 19 June 2011.

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Mono Lake at Mono Lake County Park on north shore.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Boardwalk to Mono Lake shore at Mono Lake County Park.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Mono Lake, north shore

North shore of Mono Lake

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Mono Mills

View to north of meadow near Mono Mills

Photograph taken 16 June 2011.

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Mill site at Mono Mills.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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New interpretive display at Mono Mills.

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Location of turntable at Mono Mills.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

In the center of the photo is a steel post that has been squared off at the top, and there are many timbers at this location that have been squared off or notched in a unique way.

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View to southwest of meadow near Mono Mills

Photograph taken 16 June 2011.

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Human enterprise in the Mono Lake basin.

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: near Mono Mills.

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Mono Valley

Looking southeast on Forest Road 1N54

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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South end of Forest Road 03N103

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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  • Inyo Forest Road 01N54 “East Shore Road”, Mono County, California: at RR grade.
  • Forest Road 01N103, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California: at 1N54.
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Not recommended portion of 1N54.

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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South on 1N54 to Warm Springs

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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The road skirts around the lee side of a dune

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Looking northwest on Forest Road 1N54

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Mount Biedeman

Mount Biedeman from pass west of Bodie

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Mount Biedeman from the north side.

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Navy Beach

Sand tufa at Navy Beach.

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

Sand tufa is formed when fresh water springs percolate through the sandy lake bed of an alkaline lake. Contact with the alkaline salts cause calcium carbonate in the fresh water to precipitate in the sand. If the lake level drops, the uncemented sand can be eroded away, either by water or wind, leaving the sand tufa behind.

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Sand tufa at Navy Beach.

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

Sand tufa is formed when fresh water springs percolate through the sandy lake bed of an alkaline lake. Contact with the alkaline salts cause calcium carbonate in the fresh water to precipitate in the sand. If the lake level drops, the uncemented sand can be eroded away, either by water or wind, leaving the sand tufa behind.

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Swimming at Navy Beach

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Historical Plaque for Navy Beach

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

Navy Beach

During the Cold War, Mono County was home to one of many remote facilities used by the US military to test new weapons and weapon systems. A "secret military installation" operated by the US Navy was located along the south shoreline of Mono Lake.

During the 1950s and 1960s several branches of the US armed forces utilized this test facility to conduct various research. Numerous top-secret exercises were actually performed here during what was called "seismic testing." However with the expansion of other nearby bases, growing public safety and environmental concerns, this facility soon outgrew its usefulness. In May 1962 all operations ceased and soon thereafter the facility was abandoned.

Although many scientists, technicians, soldiers, and sailors worked at this installation for many years, all that remains today of their activities are a few remnants and the name "Navy Beach."

This monument and plaque dedicated as a California sesquicentennial event.

September 11, 1999

Bodie Chapter #64
E. Clampus Vitus

U. S. Forest Service
Mono Lake R. D.

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Negit Island

Negit Island from Black Point

Photograph taken July 8, 2009.

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Negit Island from the Mobil Gas Station

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

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Negit Island seen from vicinity of County Ponds.

Photographed 5 October 2013.

This perspective shows how little water separates Negit Island from the mainland with a lower lake level.

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  • Forest Road 02N108, Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California: at ponds.
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Obsidian Dome

Obsidian Dome

Photographed 25 August 2012.

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Obsidian chunk on the south side of Obsidian Dome.

Photographed 25 August 2012.

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Panum Crater

Spire of rhyolite and obsidian on top of Panum Crater

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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View of Panum Crater

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Interpretive sign at Panum Crater

Photograph taken July 7, 2009.

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Panum Crater

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Paoha Island

Paoha Island on a rainy Summer afternoon.

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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Parker Creek

View southwest from US Highway 395

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

From right to left are Parker Canyon, Parker Peak and Mount Wood, then the canyon of Rush Creek and June Lakes Loop at left.

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Williams Butte from Parker Lake Road

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

Photograph looks across Parker Creek (in the trees) to Williams Butte. The dead vegetation in the foreground lines an irrigation ditch, which appears to be unused. Negit Island can be seen in Mono Lake at right distance, about to receive a rain shower.

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Valley of Parker Creek with Mount Gibbs

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

The valley in the foreground is the Parker Creek drainage. The long low ridge in the right middleground is the glacial moraine on the south side of Bloody Canyon, and the mountain in the backgorund is Mount Gibbs.

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Parker Creek just below Parker Lake.

Photograph taken 17 June 2011.

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Parker Creek at Old US Highway 395

Photographed 24 July 2013.

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Small unnamed creek and wetland tributary to Parker Creek.

Photographed 23 June 2012.

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  • Forest Road 01S25, "Parker Creek Road," Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California: near unnamed creek.
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Parker Lake

Outlet of Parker Lake

Photograph taken 17 June 2011.

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View west across Parker Lake

Photograph taken 17 June 2011.

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Pumice Valley from the Parker Lake Trailhead

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Piagi Park

Larvae of the Pandora moth

Photographed 19 June 2012.

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Picnic Grounds

Mono Lake near Picnic Grounds

Photographed 21 July 2013.

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The gauge stands alone.

Photographed 21 July 2013.

Not enough rain. Too much water diverted to Los Angeles. Time to move the gauge.

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Pilot Spring

Pilot Spring, Mono County, California

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Habitat of Aquilegia formosa at Pilot Spring.

Photograph taken 12 July 2010.

The columbines were in the sediments above the dam, and in several places below the dam.

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Pilot Springs Road

Turnoff to Pilot Springs Road from Taylor Canyon Road.

Photograph taken 12 July 2010.

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Pumice Valley

Looking northeast across Pumice Valley from the edge of the Aeolian Buttes

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Habitat of Lupinus duranii

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Pumice Valley as seen from Bohler Canyon

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

Photograph looks east from Bohler Canyon, across Pumice Valley. Mono Lake can be seen at left. Panum Crater is just left of center in the middleground. The distant skyline in the center is Cowtrack Mountain. And, the Mono Craters are in the right middleground.

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Grave of the Unknown Prospector

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

On to the Golden Hills
RIP
Grave of the Unknown Prospector
On this site is the grave on the unknown prospector, a reminder of the great sacrifices made by our ancestors who explored and settled the western frontier. And especially to the memory of each and all of the pioneers of Mono County, whose resting place if known only to God.
May they rest in peace.
Dedicated September 13, 2003
Bodie Chapter E. C. V

It seems to me, though, that years ago the memorial at the location was the "Grave of the Unknown Fisherman."

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View southeast on 1S52, which may have been the Old Mono Highway in 1954.

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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View of Pumice Valley from the base of the Mono Craters

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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View of West Portal

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Burned area in Pumice Valley

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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North end of Forest Road 1N11.

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Edge of burn area

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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View of Pumice Valley from the base of the Mono Craters

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

This is also habitat for Lupinus duranii.

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Habitat of Lupinus duranii

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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View west across Pumice Valley.

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Pumice Vy.

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Punch Bowl

Floor of one of the craters at the Punch Bowl

Photograph taken 18 June 2011.

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Punch Bowl, Mono County, California

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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View of the innermost crater in the Punch Bowl

Photographed 19 June 2012.

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View northwest from saddle between Mono Craters and Punch Bowl

Photographed 19 June 2012.

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Railroad Sand Flat

Looking west across “Railroad Sand Flat”

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Looking north through “Railroad Sand Flat.”

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Looking west across “Railroad Sand Flat”

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Rattlesnake Gulch

Upper cabin in Rattlesnake Gulch

Photographed 24 August 2012.

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Rattlesnake Gulch is a great name for a plant collection location.

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: Rattlesnake Gulch.

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Reversed Peak

Reversed Peak, and San Joaquin Mountain, from near Farrington's.

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

The peak in the middleground is Reversed Peak.

The peak in the center distance is San Joaquin Mountain, the furthest southwest point of the Mono Lake hydrological basin.

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The way up Reversed Peak.

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Rush Creek

Lower Rush Creek

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Rush Creek delta and Mono Lake.

Photograph taken 30 August 2010.

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  • Does Seaside Heliotrope (Heliotropium curvassicum L.) occur in the Mono Lake Basin?: 7.

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Upstream through rocks in lower Rush Creek.

Photograph taken 1 September 2010.

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Lower Rush Creek

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Rush Creek just below Grant Lake Dam

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Rush Creek enters Mono Lake

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Lower Rush Creek

Photograph taken 1 September 2010.

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  • Rush Creek Road, Mono County, California: 40000.
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Scientific study on Rush Creek

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

RUSH CREEK FISHERIES STUDY
We are conducting a radio tagging - movement study of brown trout in Rush Creek to better understand seasonal movements and habitat preferences.
Please do not disturb the antennas as these are critical to the success of our two-year long study. Thank you for your cooperation.
For more information contact:
Ross Taylor at (707) 839-5022 or
Ken Knudson at (406) 442-5399.

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Rush Creek just below Grant Lake Dam

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Rush Creek return ditch

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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The new Rush Creek return ditch gatehouse.

Photograph taken 15 June 2011.

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Rush Creek at the return ditch

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Plate Boundary Observatory GPS Station #P637

Photograph taken 1 September 2010.

More information available at: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/gps/LongValley/p637/

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Upper Rush Creek Canyon

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Rush Creek on downstream side of Test Station Road.

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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Good-looking antenna installation at the Rush Creek gaging station.

Photographed 26 August 2012.

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Rush Creek Delta

Habitat of Colls. 1174-1177.

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Rush Creek delta

Rush Creek Delta

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Who is that guy? And, what's he doing at the Rush Creek delta?

Photographed 26 August 2012.

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Rush Creek delta in August 2012.

Photographed 26 August 2012.

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Mono Lake near the Rush Creek delta.

Photographed 26 August 2012.

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Rush Creek Delta

Rush Creek delta on a June morning

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Rush Creek delta in June 2015.

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Rush Creek delta in June 2015 with a crew of kayakers

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Habitat of Colls. 1170-1173.

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Rush Creek delta

Negit Island and the Bodie Hills from the Rush Creek delta.

Photographed 26 August 2012.

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Saddlebag Lake

Saddlebag Lake from the resort area.

Photograph taken 22-Sep-06.

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Sagehen Meadow Campground

Primary camp site of the Sagehen Meadow Campground.

Photographed 20 Jun 2013

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The facilities at Sagehen Meadow Campground

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Sagehen Meadow Campground

Photographed 20 Jun 2013.

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Sagehen Spring

Sagehen Spring, spring box in middle distance.

Photographed 21 May 2013.

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Sagehen Spring, spring box in foreground.

Photographed 21 May 2013.

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Silver Lake

Silver Lake

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Aspens along Nevada Street.

Photographed 3 October 2013.

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View from outlet of Silver Lake to Carson Peak

Photographed 26 August 2012.

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Trampled lakeside.

Photographed 3 October 2013.

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Snow Ponds

Ephemeral pond, one of the Snow Ponds.

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Morainal plateau on flank of Reversed Peak

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Trail

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Ephemeral pond

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Snow Ponds on the southwest flank of Reversed Peak.

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Location of my collections #561-563 at Snow Ponds

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South Tufa

Osprey with nest on tufa.

Photograph taken 27 June 2010.

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Demonstration of tufa precipitation at South Tufa

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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Tufa towers in late afternoon sun.

Photograph taken August 1, 2007.

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South Tufa area from the Mono Lake shoreline

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Fresh water spring with new tufa

Photograph taken 9 July 2010,

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Birdwatchers at South Tufa.

Photograph taken 9 July 2010

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“The Pirate Ship” at South Tufa

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Mandated Lake Level, June 25

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Mandated Lake Level, October 4, 2013

Photographed 4 October 2013.

Mandated Mono Lake Level

On September 28, 1994, the California State Water Resources Control Board set a target lake level of 6,392 feet, 25 feet below its 1941 level. The decision decreased water diversions by Los Angeles's Department of Water and Power (DWP) from four Mono Lake tributaries. This decision was made “in accord with the Court's mandate to protect public trust resouces where feasible and the mandate of the California Constitution to maximize the reasonable and bebeficial use of California's limited water resources.” The Board also ordered DWP to prepare and implement plans to restore damaged streams and waterfowl habitat.

When the Lake reaches its mandated level of 6,392 feet, this panel will be at water's edge.

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South tufa in June 2015.

Photographed 25 June 2015.

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Sulphur Pond

General view of Sulphur Pond

Photographed 20 June 2012. The tufts of grass in the open spaces are Distichlis spicata

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Thompson Ranch

Thompson Ranch north of Mono Lake County Park

Photograph taken 24-Jun-07.

Above the county park are some large trees in a meadow. The area is signed as private property of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. I had thought that this was Mono Vista Spring. However, tomorrow at the Mono Historical Museum, I would learn that this was the location of the Thompson Ranch house. Regardless, this was a pleasant partially shaded meadow.

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A still functioning irrigation ditch in the former Thompson Ranch

Photographed 22 July 2013.

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A still functioning irrigation ditch in the former Thompson Ranch

Photographed 22 July 2013.

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Tioga Lodge

Tioga Lodge, site of former Mono Lake Post Office

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Tioga Lodge from the vicinity of the Old Marina

Photograph taken in the early morning hours of August 3, 2007.

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  • Field Notes: 20070803020.
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Three species of orchid found near Tioga Lodge

Composite of five photographs, showing the three species of orchid found at lakeside in the delta of Andy Thompson Creek.

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Trench Canyon

West of Trench Canyon.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

Cedar Hill at right.

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Trench Canyon from the southwest.

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

This view looks northeast through Trench Canyon from the southwest end. Larkin Lake is just through the little draw in the middleground at the opposite end of Trench Canyon. Mount Hicks is the peak in the left background.

The southwest end of Trench Canyon is very sandy. Presumably the mouth of the canyon is a dune built up from sand blown from Mono Lake. The crest of the dune is about 180 feet higher than the current floor of Trench Canyon.

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California State Border near Larkin Lake

Photograph taken 23-Sep-06.

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Upper Horse Meadow

Upper Horse Meadow

Photographed 2 August 2010.

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Upper Horse Meadow

Photographed 2 August 2010.

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Gibbs Trailhead

Photographed 2 August 2010.

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Vegetation Types

Vegetation types in the Mono Lake basin

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  • A Checklist Flora of the Mono Lake Basin, Mono County, California and Mineral County, Nevada.: kinds of vegetation.

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Walker Creek

Walker Creek at the Lee Vining conduit

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

The sign down by the creek says:

Fishing Notice

Walker Creek from the Lee Vining conduit to Rush Creek

Open Season and Special Regulation

  • Last Saturday in April through November 15.
  • Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.
  • Zero limit - NO fish may be taken!
    All trout must be returned to the water alive!

Section 7.50(b)(204.5)
Title - 14 CCR

State of California
Resources Agency
Department of Fish and Game

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Aqueduct Intake at Walker Creek

Photograph taken August 2, 2007.

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Walker Creek just below Old US Highway 395

Photographed 24 July 2013.

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Western Columbine and Common Yarrow on the banks of Walker Creek

Photographed 24 July 2013.

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Walker Lake

Walker Lake from the Mono Pass trailhead

Photograph taken August 2, 2007. It was raining lightly when the photo was taken.

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  • Forest Road 01S23 "Walker Lake Trailhead," Mono County, CA: at end.
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Walker Lake in June 2012

Photographed 23 June 2012.

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  • Forest Road 01S23 "Walker Lake Trailhead," Mono County, CA: at end.
  • Field Notes: 23 Jun 2012.
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Meadow just upstream of Walker Lake

Photographed 23 June 2012.

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Warm Springs

View generally south from Warm Springs

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Habitat of Coll. No. 1159-1162

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Paoha Island and the Sierra Nevada escarpment from Warm Springs

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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General view of Warm Springs

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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View generally north from Warm Springs

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Composite photo of Warm Springs, east side of Mono Lake

27 January 2016.

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General view, looking upshore, at Warm Springs

Photographed 24 June 2015.

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Wild Horse Meadow

View south in Wild Horse Meadow

Photographed 18 June 2012.

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View north in Wild Horse Meadow

Photographed 18 June 2012.

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Willliams Butte

Williams Butte from US Hwy 395

Photograph taken 25-Jun-07.

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Wilson Butte

Wilson Butte from Glass Flow Road on the south side.

Photograph taken August 14, 2008.

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Wilson Butte from Pumice Mine Road, Mono County, California

Photograph taken August 13, 2008.

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Panorama of Wilson Butte sand flat.

Photographed 19 June 2012.

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Wilson Creek

Gate to the DeChambeau irrigation ditch

Photographed 22 May 2013.

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Weir on Wilson Creek.

Photographed 22 May 2013.

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Wilson Creek Basin

Mill Creek Powerhouse

Photograph taken 26-Jun-07.

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Date and time this article was prepared: 3/28/2017 9:08:23 PM