License: Creative Commons - Attribution-Share Alike Author: Don Graham
(1 in a multiple picture album)
On my trip to Mammoth Lakes last year, I picked Lake George to see if I could get some sunrise color on Crystal Crag. On a cold morning just before sunrise, as I drove by Lake Mary I noted some mist on the water and, when I got to Lake George, I found the same. In researching later, I found that this phenomenon is evaporation fog over a lake which gives the appearance of steam rising out of the water and is sometimes referred to as a steam fog.
At any rate, when the sun did begin to add a touch of gold to the Sierra Nevada and the crag, I caught this shot which included a nice reflection on the still water as well.