California: Creative Mono Lake And Alkali Fly Images

I have a special affinity for the Californian landscape since I was born and raised there. It is one of the most incredibly diverse landscapes I have ever been to, including deserts, dramatic mountain peaks, rugged coastlines, and some of the most awe inspiring forests and trees in the world.

Death Valley  |  Anza-Borrego  |  Joshua Tree  |  Mojave

Sierra Nevada | Sequoias

Owens Valley  |  Mono Lake  |  Inyo & White Mountains (Bristlecones)

Mt Diablo  |  Foothills  |  Los Angeles Basin

CA Coast  |  Northern California

This image collection from Mono Lake illustrates my scientific research about the alkali fly (ephydra hians) of Mono Lake. These remarkable insects have extraordinarily hairy bodies that trap pockets of air as they crawl under water to feed and lay eggs. The pockets of air form a sort of dry suit or super hero costume that keeps them completely dry!

You can read more about them in my research paper (citation below), in bioGraphic, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and The New York Times.

Research paper: van Breugel, F and Dickinson, M. Superhydrophobic diving flies (Ephydra hians) and the hypersaline waters of Mono Lake. (2017) PNAS.

Alkali fly in a bubble 2
Tufa morning
Mono minerals
Mono salts
Mono winds
Sand city
Of Sage and Pine
Fly carpets
Alkali flies on the water
Alkali fly underwater
Feeding alkali flies
Alkali fly in a bubble 1
Alkali flies in flight
Fly food
Mono's Dance Floor
Fly catcher
Brain Explorer
Brine shrimp
Tufa reflections
Fluorescent canyon
Island of death
Death 2
Death 1