I’ve been quiet on this blog because we have been on vacation, including four rather blissful days without Internet access while we were staying at a beach house in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and then at a guest cottage high up in Yosemite National Park.

Before we fly home again I want to share some of my vacation serenity with you with this view of Mono Lake, located in the High Sierra east of Yosemite. This landscape with its vast emptiness reminded me of visiting Nevada on our road trip last year, and indeed, this eastern part of the California Sierra is part of the Great Basin that extends from Death Valley to the south to Great Salt Lake farther east in Utah. I shall share my photos of the eerie tufa formations found in this salty lake once I’ve had some time to review my photos, but for now I want to leave you with this open vista that I cherish as the ultimate reprieve from my usual life in the anthill of urbanity.