We drove to June Lake to spend the night in an attempt to make the drive to Yosemite a short one. It was a stunning location, but the water levels in the lakes were unbelievably low. Mono Lake was only a few miles away and also (conveniently) on the way to Yosemite in the morning.
We stayed at Silver Lake (next to June and Grant Lake) where the water level was controlled and a drastic drop was not visible.
Sunrise over Mono Lake, one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. The "tufa" are actually limestone deposits that ended up above water after the lake had been partially drained in the past.