A Common Sea


I feel we are all islands – in a common sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunset at The Salton Sea

On our last day of vacation in Los Angeles, we decided to head south and drive through the Anza Borrego desert on our way home. We ended up just before sunset at Bombay Beach, on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea.

The Ruins at Bombay Beach

The Salton Sea had some success as a resort area, however, many of the settlements have been abandoned, mostly due to the increasing salinity and pollution of the lake over the years from agricultural runoff and other sources.

Dead Fish Along The Shoreline

Many of the species of fish that lived in the sea have been killed off by the combination of pollutants, salt levels, and algal blooms. Dead fish have been known to wash up in mass quantities on the beaches. The smell of the lake, combined with the stench of the decaying fish, also contributed to the decline of the tourist industry around the Salton Sea.

Remains of an Abandoned Structure on the Shoreline

Many people now visit the Salton Sea and the surrounding settlements to explore the abandoned structures.The US Geological Survey describes the smell as “objectionable”, “noxious”, “unique”, and “pervasive”.

Noah’s Original Ark (?) at Bombay Beach


46 thoughts on “A Common Sea

    1. I’ve already told Lynn I want to get back there one day. But it took us 7 hours to get back home from there. We left around 7:30 at night and pulled into our driveway about 2:30. Of course, we stopped for about 30 minutes to rest at midnight.

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  1. As smelly as this place might be you were able to take amazingly beautiful images to document your stop here Emilio 😀 I guess the old expression “something stinks in Denmark” doesn’t only apply to Denmark 😳

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    1. Thanks, Joe. It wasn’t really that smelly. But I can imagine some days would be worse than others. I had no idea about the dead fish until I started walking around and heard crunching under foot. A very weird sensation.


    1. Thanks, Maureen. It is pretty bad. Yet we tend to take it for granted while giving lip service to the destruction and taking photos of it. Of course, I’m talking about myself. I try to reduce the waste I leave behind but it is almost impossible with the packaging in use and the pollution caused by corporations.

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    1. Not one. There were flowers but they were not as plentiful as last year in Death Valley. They were smaller and not as bright. We were very disappointed. Maybe it was just the area we drove through or maybe we were too late.


      1. It´s a fascinating subject to document with your photographs – and necessary too, I think! If we would only picture the beautiful and whole, there would be something missing. Also there is a certain attractiveness to the detritus, it certainly makes for a dramatic atmosphere in your pictures which I´m always drawn to…

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    1. According to Wikipedia, it is “a shallow, saline endorheic rift lake”. I know what shallow and saline mean but I’m too lazy right now to look up endorheic. All I know for sure is that the surface is smooth as a mirror and I wouldn’t swim in it! 🤔


      1. well I was kidding…
        and yeah, I heard the ark was pretty huge- many football fields.
        and a long time ago a teacher used the ark as an example of how some people do not argue well. For example, if someone says that “there was no way anyone could fit that many animals on the ark” – and the reply could by:
        “Do you even know how large the ark was?”
        “how old or young the animals were, because baby animals would fit easier than full gorwn ones.”
        whatever – but his point is that sometimes we make absolute assumptions without considering all the angles.
        but one thing I know, your photos rock.

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              1. ha – laughing at the wind carrying stuff from the farm….
                and speaking of pig – tomorrow we are having some of the trader joe’s bacon – they sell these “bits and pieces” bag and it is so good, E.


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