Mono Lake is in California's Eastern Sierra region, between Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe.
Winter is a great time to catch sunsets at Mono Lake. In the Summer the sun heats the surrounding landscape causing strong winds that eliminate reflections of the limestone tufa towers.
For this shot I looked up the moon rise time to determine the day to shoot, then examined the compass direction it would rise in on a map to determine the best shooting position. I arrived at this spot with 5 minutes to spare, and only had to adjust my position a few feet to place the moon between the offshore tufa towers as it emerged from behind the hills on the horizon. This was taken a few minutes later as sunset color filled the sky.