Jeff Sullivan

The pinkish band in this picture of Mono Lake, California, can be observed shortly after sunset or shortly before sunrise when the sky is clear, at this time Venus can be found close to the horizon and hence the band is called “The Belt of Venus”.

It appears as a pinkish glow that extends roughly 10°–20° above the horizon on the eastern side of the night sky- opposite the setting Sun. The pink colour is attributed to the backscattering of Sunlight. It is quite common for The Belt of Venus to be separated from the horizon by a dark layer; this is in fact the Earth’s shadow and a sure sign of the onset of night. After a few minutes, this band will grow and darken swallowing up the day, offering us a glimpse at the greater universe that it is revealed with the arrival of night.

The Belt of Venus doesn’t get as much awe as it warrants; this is probably because it is competing with Sunrise or Sunset for attention. Nevertheless, it is a subtle yet beautiful phenomenon to be observed.


Image courtesy of Jeff Sullivan


Milky Way Over Mono Lake From Bodie Hills by Jeff Sullivan

Undertale and Monsters Inc have a similar plot

a young child accidentally ends up in world filled with monsters of different kinds, only to find out the monsters consider the humans dangerous, but the monsters also need to harvest a non-physical source of energy from the humans (screams/laughter/souls), and along the way, the human is accompanied by two monsters, one that is hesitant to befriend the human, but eventually comes through in the end

#NaturePhotographyDay at California’s Trona Pinnacles

BLM-managed public lands are the perfect places for photographer to capture images of stunning landscapes, elusive wildlife and historical remnants of yesteryear. One of these areas is Trona Pinnacles in California, which should be on every photographer’s bucket list!

A visit to the Trona Pinnacles will be a journey into one of the most unusual geologic wonders in the California desert. This unique landscape consists of more than 500 tufa (calcium carbonate) pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. These tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, were formed underwater 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when Searles Lake formed a link in an interconnected chain of Pleistocene lakes stretching from Mono Lake to Death Valley.

The Trona Pinnacles were designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark in 1968 to protect one of the nation’s best examples of tufa formation.

For more photos of your public lands, check out the BLM on Instagram.

Time lapse by Jeff Sullivan.

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM​.


Twilight on The California Coast by Jeff Sullivan
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Mono Lake Moonlit Night Reflection by Jeff Sullivan


Textured Rock and Milky Way by Jeff Sullivan
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On a ridge overlooking Coleville, California.


Super Moon Reflection by Jeff Sullivan
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The “super” full moon and the shadow of the earth reflect in Mono Lake’s calm water after sunset on November 13, 2016.