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Salton Sea…

dry lake bed/high and dry trees, along the east side of the Salton Sea, in California



Time flies…

The daily obligations, health, mental distractions rob us of this one and only life we possess. Live!



Salton Sea Origins

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Tilapia along edge of Salton Sea near North Shore Marina


Broken Home….Bombay Beach

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Salvation Mountain: Leonard Knight Passed On

I have been intrigued by Salvation Mountain for a photographic experience for quite a few years. After several trips to the region over the years, I have yet to make it there. It would have been most interesting to be there while the creator of the site was alive. But, Leonard Knight passed on this past month. There are so many unique photography opportunities near the Salton Sea. We may yet make it to this area for exploration and bunch of ‘OMG’ exclamations.

“If somebody gave me $100,000 a week to move somewhere and live in a mansion and be a big shot, I’d refuse it,” he said. “I want to be right here. It’s amazing, isn’t it?”

Leonard seemed to have his spiritual self dialed in and I am sure his spiritual self is still wafting about Salvation Mountain.

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L.A. Times Photo Archive


Salvation Mountain/Slab City on the map

Salvation Mountain from the air, Niland, California


Dry Tilapia Arrangement…Salton Sea


Every Day in May Writing Challenge: Conservation & Pigs


Conservation? Well, I live in Oregon..duh. It’s a given. Or is it? It seems it should be given the perception in much of the I-5 corridor of being at one with Nature. But, it seems to me that there needs to be, even here, a re-acquaintance with the basics of picking up after one’s self. I rarely see a public service announcement about the basics of littering in Oregon. I can’t speak to elsewhere. I don’t want to. There is, for me, to much of that. Take care of your own back yard first before our minds traipse off on every global BS initiative.

Of course, that said, look at this Indonesian gem of perversion, poverty and stench:

And, of course, less than a month ago I highlighted the Salton Sea’s alleged demise, via the New River, after visiting it’s shore. But, I still believe that many of us need to focus on our home waters to generate awareness about stream habitat projects, volunteer projects, creating public service projects about littering along streams and rivers (most campaigns seem focused on littering from cars on the move). The dumping of truck loads of garbage in vacant lots is egregious. The dumping of garbage by bank fishermen is equally obnoxious, if seemingly less harmful than the Citarum River’s garbage problem above.

Oregon Bank Fishermen on rivers and lakes: That styrofoam cup or plastic lid that held eggs or worms; that old glass jar that held those Pautzke Eggs or Power Bait, the carton that held sand shrimp, the empty spool of Berkley or Maxima fishing line, the wadded up tangle of twelve pound fishing line, cigarette butts, beer cans, sandwich bags, bottles, toilet paper. I don’t have to connect the dots here. Certain types near put and take fisheries join together to create a mess and there seems zero effort to prevent littering, over harvesting, snagging, or awareness. While I can decry the poverty and filth in Jakarta, I feel more compelled to create awareness here on my home waters.

 I have done my part on numerous occasions to help in cleanup projects along river’s edges (Sandy River, Salmon River, Crooked River, Mollala River, Wilson River, Necanicum River) but, each time I am cleaning up the discarded crap of pigs, I am left wondering why we don’t do more. Illegal dumping signs quoting penalties and statute numbers are required, but public pressure and awareness ad campaigns are in order. If Smoky Bear was here today…………. 

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Outdoor Blogger’s Writing Challenge: Waders


Salton Sea Shrinking & Toxic Dust Cloud

Imagine my surprise last night, when I noticed my sleepy blog had a nice stats bump and the impetus was visits to prior Salton Sea postings. A little digging revealed dire releases yesterday from various media outlets that the Salton Sea will shrink because of water diversions and the result maybe be toxicity around the lake and in the air…possibly resulting in blowing toxic dust toward populated areas.


Salton Sea: Paragliding the Mountains

Interesting Video of Mountains from Above…..Paragliding

Turn the volume down a bit.


Salton Sea Visit….Not Much To Show For It………

In the past, I have written about the Salton Sea from a fishing, environmental, photographical, historical perspective. I have alway found the stories of what was and what transformed the area most intriguing. Hopes, investments, homes, businesses inundated, abandoned or destroyed. What happened?

I had envisioned exploring the long abandoned roads that lead off toward the lake. I brought my little Pentax Optio, W60 camera, not much of a commitment toward photographic creativity for sure. This sign was the first thing I came to near the North Shore area. The store that went with the sign appeared abandoned at first...well, it wasn't. Actually, almost everything down this way has the abandoned look given the stark surroundings.

The store appeared abandoned at first. No cars. No sounds. An Open sign. No cars on the highway. The wind blowing hard off the lake (sea). We ventured inside to find a simple, low energy woman standing behind the counter. She matched the energy levels around her. The interior was much more tired than the exterior.... I asked for a map of the area. She reached beneath the counter and pulled out a map. A Salton Sea map with ink scratches on when you test to see if the pen still has ink. A partial names was scribbled on the face of the folded up map. 'How much?' 'Well let's says $1.50 on it so I guess that'll do'. We exited with the map, but had a feeling we had walked into time vacuum for a few minutes.

The $1.50 map was an older map. It bore glowing accounts of the marina's, fishing and bird life. What could have changed from 1993 to the present...19 years later?

I won’t suggest that I made some extensive foray around the Salton Sea. I didn’t allow enough time for that. I despite reading about it had no idea how vast it was. So, I stopped off at one spot to get out and take in the view, the smells, the flora and fauna.

The map was opened up on the hood of the car with two sets of hands making sure the vintage map did not blow away. I realized this was a bit of a whim adventure. I should have done more homework as to which side of the lake to explore. It is a pretty darn large body of which areas to explore should have been better researched by myself prior to just wandering off in a rental car.

I drove down into an area near North Shore. I was looking for some hint of the "Sunken City" notation I saw on the map. I ventured out of the car to explore the shoreline. Save my wife, there was not another person in sight...and she wasn't in sight for long given the smells. An odd combination of like low tide at the beach, dead fish, salt, rot.....just something not quite right with the earth & water was blowing my way. I could see old concrete pillars on shore, slabs of concrete, hundreds of dead Tilapia, hundreds of pelican feathers scattered amongst the salt/barnacle? encrusted rocks. I spent some time exploring up and down a spit of land. Not a car went by. There really wasn't much sign of life except for the pelicans bobbing on the sea in the distance.

There were so many of the Tilapia high and very dry amongst the rocks. Were they driven ashore by high waves? They didn't exhibit signs of being dined upon. Pollution?

The only sign of man in the area was this abandoned boat seat on the shore, with feathers and fish adornments.

In the end, I abandoned my Salton Sea exploration with a heavy dose of recrimination for not planning better. Retreating from the area I did what any common sensed person should do….I stopped for a Date Shake….one of the few ways I would ever eat dates.

And, so you don’t feel this was a total Salton Sea No Show here are a couple of very informative sites about the Salton Sea: one is about the origins of the Salton Sea and how man once again botched their well intentioned plans. The other is about Helen Burns, who led one wild West existence. Read both pieces and I think you will learn new things about the Salton Sea. Well done video too. Salvation Mountain +++…Interesting too.

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