Shores of the Salton Sea [not for the squeamish] (Color)

Journal Entry:

Nameless streets, no lines denoting sides. Down the window slides. The deep expectant inhale muddy with the decay of the place – almost overwhelming on the beach. What one presumes is delicate white sand crunches under feet, or thumps like a grave, giving way to realization.

Tilapia line the shore, some fresh, others picked to bones by the lazy gulls. A brown body of water, small enough to see hazily to the other side, large enough for the moon to throw waves through. Judgements surface – going ankle deep in rib cages and cartilage. But other than this – the undeniable reality – how is a fine, golden sand different? Maybe it’s not, but it doesn’t remind me. 


All images captured on Fuji 400H 120 color film.

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19 thoughts on “Shores of the Salton Sea [not for the squeamish] (Color)

    1. For some reason, I felt like you’d be drawn to this. I know you can appreciate this sort of thing. And yes, the green at the bottom of the final photograph would probably define my favorite color.

  1. I think the second photograph is really horrifying in the simplicity of it. All those tiny fish bones! They make me wonder what it will take for us to wakeup to what we are doing to the Earth.

    1. Definitely horrifying. It was hard to wrap my mind around what exactly was beneath my feet, step after step after step. The dead fish are not a result of global warming (though it could be a factor in way), but are because of the salinity of the water. it’s pretty fascinating stuff, if you want to look in to it.

  2. I’ve been there, too! Had always been fascinated by the Army Corps of Engineers “goof” and finally went in the late 90s. Very sad……the crush of such a hopeful little resort community. Still remember the stench………………..

    1. It was completely unknown to me until we drove through it. Did you get to see any of the ‘ghost town’ areas (not that the entire place didn’t feel abandoned)? We only stayed there for a couple hours, but it seems like it would have been well worth exploring for a day or two.

  3. Wow. The smell of these photographs is overwhelming. I like how you sequenced your images with only a hint of what is to come, the one lone tilapia before the flotsam shore, and I enjoy the way you then question the rest of the beach, how standing ankle deep in bones and flesh is carried into the more pure sand…how are they different? you ask.

  4. Disturbing images, but taken with a good eye! I also enjoyed the journal entry as it gave some background to what you were seeing, hearing and smelling. Are the fish coming from elsewhere, that you know? Otherwise, how are they managing to reproduce? I don’t expect you to know the answers; just wondering ‘aloud.’

    1. Thank you! My guess is that since only a small number of species can survive in the water, when they spawn the number of fish who survive beyond adolescence is pretty high, which is why so many end up washing up on shore. Just a guess though.

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