Horseshoe Lake, California

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Trees that have died from higher than normal concentrations of CO2 stand near the Horseshoe Lake within the Inyo National Forest, California, USA. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We strongly recommend to visit the village of Mammoth Lakes. It is beautiful, and the surrounding nature is simply breathtaking! If you drive Lake Mary Road up to the Mammoth Lakes to the very end, you will reach yet another lake. Nice. But whazzat? The trees are all dead around the lake, about 120 acres! This is caused by a high concentration of CO2 in the soil. Therefor, you should not dig in the soil, and also refrain from taking a sunbath. Here’s more information.

This is still a stunning picture: The clear blue sky, the dead trees, the bright soil. Not beautiful, but stunning.

The high resolution image

Capture Date23-SEP-2003
LocationHorseshoe Lake, Inyo National Forest, CA
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3829 x 2494 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


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