For a place that's been left with next to nothing, there will be even less. All I knew was that it was a huge lake in the middle of the desert in Southern California. Once again a floodgate was omitted. A jumble of portraits, landscapes and still lifes, they are tied together by a quiet, and at times surreal, atmosphere.
Campers still come here to spend the night, though, and rockhounds and gem and mineralists search for volcanic rock like pumice and volcanic glass like obsidian. Even on a not-so-hot day, there's not much happening above ground at the nearby county park or the so-called marina.
Restoration proposals abound, but lawmakers have mostly turned their backs on the problem. Another intake gorge was created.
But things are not quite what they seem at the Salton Sea. Photo: Boyz Bieber The landscape is barren, but the shrinking population is still full of life for now. I was sinking in farther than normal, so I took a closer look. There are two dogs for every person and a golf cart in every driveway.
It's a place of uncommon natural beauty, a quiet sanctuary surrounded by inhospitable desert. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. The dead fish were the apparent victims of a combination of desert winds, the salt and algae blooms.