Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...

"If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?"
Kahil Gibran

You may not know this...Mammoth Lakes is actually located in the midst of a volcanic caldera.
We are located on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera,
active even 100,000 years ago.

Mammoth Mountain is actually a "composite volcano"...
which basically means it has a bunch of different types of rock that make it up...
and is one of the last areas of the Long Valley caldera to "evolve".

This photo however, is not Mammoth Mountain...
it is on the road to Benton from Lee Vining off Highway 395...
So it's actually considered the Mono Craters...
which is the youngest by far in the area...
yeah...the youngest feature of the area at only 600 years old!

 If you're fascinated by volcanic activity and how it evolves into such a beautiful area...

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  1. Beautiful photograph, Chieftess. Interesting background info too.

  2. It was an interesting area to drive through...a huge area of volcanic gravel...Thanks LOL!!!

  3. Beautiful area!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Thanks Gary!!! It is both beautiful and fascinating to see the expanse of volcanic dirt with such beautiful trees encroaching on the area!!!

  5. I love this view. Such lush yet stark beauty. Can it be both?

  6. Veľmi pekná fotka. Nikdy som nebola v krajine, kde je činná sopka. Raz som bola na gréckom sopečnom ostrove Santorini.
    Very nice photo. I've never been in a country where active volcano. Once I was on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini.

    1. I've been to Santorini...the ground there is similar to the volcanic gravel here! What's different is that the area is surrounded by pine forests!!! It's an interesting area...

  7. Hey, we were out your way last week...stayed 8 nights between June Lake and Silver Lake. We were home the day it rained, so we missed the rain. Oh, year, maybe?

    1. Well darn! Next time shoot me an email! I love to meet fellow bloggers!!!

  8. Lovely photo. Caldera areas are normally lbeautiful. Too bad, Gibran didn't know that:)

  9. Lovely scenery. Is there a lake?