The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World - Salton Sea

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 17mm, iso 100, f/16, 0.6 sec // buy print)

This past Friday and Saturday I was part of a whirlwind trip that took me through Joshua Tree National Park and ended at the shores of the mysterious and disturbing Salton Sea. My good friend Heath O’Free was visiting Palm Springs from Canada, and had invited me to meet up with him on Friday. Also along for the journey was some other buddies…Rick Young and Chris Frailey from Phoenix, and Chris DeAngelis and Doug Wise from California.

Together we braved camping out in Joshua Tree despite lows in the mid-20’s (resulting in little to no sleep) and the strangeness that is the Salton Sea. I have an amazing assortment of images from the trip and can’t wait to share them over the coming weeks, but I had to start off with this one.

The Salton Sea is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The minute you see the retreating shoreline and the dead fish…you know you are someplace unique.  And creepy.

But at sunset on the eastern shore of Bombay Beach, the place had an almost epic beauty. The calm waters, the beautiful colors, the way the sky blended in with the lake out on the horizon. It was majestic and amazing, while at the same time you walk along a beach of fish and fowl carcasses and constantly have an odor of decay lingering in your nose.

This particular spot immediately called out to me when I saw it from the car. The closer I got to this old pier, the more it reminded me of something out of the Lord of the Rings. An ancient dock at Minas Tirith as my buddy DeAngelis said. My wife thinks it looks like the scenes at the end of the movie Titanic.

Either way, I knew I wanted to shoot the sunset from here. We were blessed with gorgeous clouds and such calm, reflective waters.

More to come!


18 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    That is one seriously grungy looking spot. I do like how it leads you out into the rest of the frame, but am going to go shower now. Sounds like a fun time, minus the whole sleeping in 20 degree frigidness.

  2. Scott Wood
    Scott Wood says:

    Very nice. Salton Sea is one of those places I have always wanted to go to, but never have. Still on my list, and even more so after seeing the images you guys captured.

  3. A.Barlow
    A.Barlow says:

    Ha! Man, I just got back. Spent the weekend out there and stayed in Brawly. The sunsets last weekend in Bombay were pretty epic. So, how’d you like the beaches made of bones and all the dead floaters?

    Did you take E street up to the beach by chance? To me, driving up that little hill to the beach is like going through a portal to another world; a scene of devastation when you crest the top.

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. […] a prequel. A week after our visit, I posted a photo from this same spot taken at 6:00pm. You can click right here to view that […]

  2. […] the sunset (Yeah, I’m a nerd, deal with it ).  He was shooting the pier straight on (check out his version here…) and I kept moving in on his territory for my shot.  I got close enough to the post sticking out […]

  3. […] may have said this on Monday’s blog post, but the Salton Sea is a lesson in contradictions. The water was so still, the horizon so smooth, […]

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