Written on the Wind

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
7321928/1000000 sec. / ISO 200
State/Province/Region
Nevada
Nearest Area
Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation
Town
Nixon
Notes

EF 16-35mm @ 19mm; f/14 @ 1/160 sec, ISO 200

Description

A lone, barren Cottonwood tree, in the desert near Pyramid Lake, stretches its branches skyward waiting for the Spring light and rain to signal budding while appearing to be writing on the sky with clouds. Lake levels in the western Great Basin have fluctuated throughout the Holocene—the current geological epoch—in response to changes in the hydrologic balance of their watersheds. The magnitudes of lake-level fluctuations are not only based on changes in climate but are also controlled by the hypsometries—the measurement of land elevation—of individual basins, the presence and elevations of surrounding sills—bed-like masses which have been thrust between the planes of sedimentary or even of igneous rocks. The relatively low amplitude of lake-level fluctuations at Pyramid Lake through the Medieval Climate Anomaly may be explained by a low sill that exports water to Winnemucca Lake.

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Date Added
September 8, 2020
Date Taken
September 4, 2020