After being exhausted after a long ten hour drive from AZ to the eastern sierras, I had hoped to settle in and get some rest. That quickly flew out of the window as I approached town and saw the clouds forming. I quickly checked into my hotel room and went to the first place I could think of that would have a good chance for a classic sierra sunset. I knew mono lake was about a 30 minute drive from where I was staying, and it was one of the places I had hoped to visit during my week long trek through the region. I got to the lake around 4:30pm and had plenty of time to scout for possible sunset compositions. I was able to find this little lagoon that seemed to have the most interesting and uniform tufa formations. As the clouds kept building up, my hope for a dramatic sunset started to diminish. However, just as the sun crested the horizon the sky began to turn gold. I knew that the break in the clouds would make for an extraordinary sunset and sure enough, the sky filled with pinks, reds, and oranges. I shot until there was no hint of color, and perhaps shot the most keepers ever in a single evening. I am very glad I decided not to rest, as the rest of the week was clear blue skies. Follow your instincts!