Ghostly Spirits – Salton Sea

Ghosts- Fish Out Of Water
Ghostly Spirits – Fish Out Of Water

I have finally finished processing my Fish Out Of Water series. This series represents my impressions when visiting the Salton Sea.

The Salton Sea is a complicated place. It is not entirely man-made and not entirely natural. As the Salton Sink, it would fill and evaporate about every 400 years (they believe). In 1905, the perfect combination of nature and man, a wet winter and broken agricultural canal, flooded the area and created today’s Salton Sea. In the 50’s this area was to be the next playground oasis in the desert. However the sea continued to evaporate, salt concentrations increased, and nitrogen-rich agricultural runoff  caused huge summer algae blooms. These conditions led to a annual summer tilapia die off which pretty much put a kibash on the summer water fun.

When visiting the sea, you cannot escape the sight of dead fish at various states of decay. At the northern ends the fish are mummified and nearly whole. As you move south there is more decay. Ghostly Spirits is from an area in the middle where fish get covered with mud and slowly dissolve. Here, however, they appear to be crawling out of the earth.

Camp Keeler Series

Camp Keeler #1
Camp Keeler #1 by I Nancy, on Flickr

Keeler California, located on the east shore of Owens Lake, population was 66 at the 2000 census. Home of the Cerro Gordo Mines, one of the richest producing silver, lead, and zinc begining in 1866 and peaking in the early 1880s. Silver from the mine was smelted in the town of Keeler and floated by steam boat across the Owens Lake. Ownen’s Lake is now a dry lake-bed and Keeler a decaying town.

But there is a sense of humor in Keeler where Norm Hoffman built his homage to the Lake on a plot of land which was once a lake side property before 1924 when Mulholland’s  Los Angeles Aqueduct bleed the lake dry.

I have visited Keeler twice now and hope for a few more visits. There is a wide variety of new and old. Everywhere cars and trailers in various states of repair and decay. Recently, instead of peppering around an image here and an image there, my goals are to create small focused studies. Here is the opening expose for my  full set of images entitled Camp Keeler.

Camp Keeler #2
Camp Keeler #2 by I Nancy, on Flickr