Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Below Low


The thirty five mile long Salton Sea clings to life at 226 feet below sea level.  A watery inland sea that was caused by a Colorado River flood in 1905 the Salton’s salinity increases each year and when summer temperatures reach 115 a noxious sulfur odor wafts as far as Los Angeles.  Once a playground of the famous, Guy Lombardo set several speedboat records there, the Salton Sea has descended into shallow salty death rattle.  What’s left is a population on the fringes of society on the shores of a lake it can’t use but with the faintest glimmers of the inland lake’s brief heyday.


 
 
 
The Salton, it seems fitting, sits astride the San Andreas Fault.  If one terminal illness doesn’t kill it another certainly will.  A waiting for the apocalypse Eden housed in shambling mid-century houses and oxidized 1940’s trailers. 

6 comments:

Daryl A. Black said...

It takes an EXTRA ordinary person to live in the low deserts of Arizona and California, and an exceptional photographer to capture that feeling of sadness and wonder. Sir, you are having way too much fun on your photo-road trip! Well done!

Jim Rogers Photography said...

I agree with Daryl.....exceptional work is coming out on nearly a daily basis from this sojourn back in time across the Western US. Love your lead shot of the towering palms and the decay around them. What a sobering journey back in time, but brilliantly captured.

Steve Immel said...

Thanks to both of you. I'm having an absolute blast! I'm in Navajo country tonight and on my way back to Taos by Saturday eve.

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