A semi truck rumbles along highway 395, the only other sound that can be heard as he steps outside. Clouds are overcast, the marsh reeds rise high above, blocking any view of Mono Lake and the tufa.
Tufa is essentially limestone. Underwater springs that are rich with calcium mix with lake water that is rich in carbonates. The chemical reaction that occurs results in the formation of limestone.
The dramatic drop in lake water levels here leave the mighty tufa exposed. The resulting landscape mirrors one more suited to Mars than our planet.
Yet here it is, and he explores and ponders this land with great interest, and finds diversity and beauty that spark new life in his crusty imagination.