I continue my documentation of the Salton Sea and it’s ehem…”Progress”

I returned again this time with my shootin buddy Laurie Rubin who wanted to not only document for herself but also to get a different perspective from the air piloting her DJI Phantom 3 Drone

To see Laurie’s Aerial Images click these links for Instagram Laurie 1  Laurie 2 Laurie 3 Laurie 4 Laurie 5

And once again we found that change is coming and quick.

The amazing area known as The Three Sisters – a Group of 3 dead trees in the salt flat that was once water – may soon be in peril or at least in change. The last time Laurie and I documented this area. These was an Art Installation of 5 Large Steel Boxes that had to be craned into place. They are now gone, vanished as mysteriously as they appeared. I have never been able to find any information on them. Who put them there and why. But they are now gone.

But the biggest difference is coming. With efforts to “Save the Sea” a new plan by California’s Salton Sea Czar calls for installing new Wetlands in the Red Hill Bay area that contains the 3 Sisters. The digging has begun and soon a 420 Acre wetlands will be in-fllled with water from the nearby Alamo River. Now, creating a wetlands as a bird habitat is probably a good idea. But I will miss the 3 Sisters area as it is but perhaps it will just change the look and provide for new opportunities. Time will tell, but “the times they are a changin”

You can read the Desert Sun article for complete details HERE

Here is what the Three Sister Looked like in January 2015 with the Art Installation

Salton Sea Three Sisters

Salton Sea Three Sisters Steel Box Art Installation

The Trenching has begun

Red Hill Bay Trenching

Red Hill Bay Trenching

Here are some images from the area currently in December 2015

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The Salton Sea Red Hill Bay

Earlier in the day, Laurie and I explored the West Shore over by the place where the Salton Sea Yacht Club used to stand. The difference in water levels and reach were astonishing

This is November of 2013
The Salton Sea West Shore

November 2013

This is what the same area (same post) looks like in 2015. The water has receded a 1/4 mile leaving behind a small pond
The Salton Sea West Shore

December 2015

Also from some previous trips just to show the drop in water level that has occurred just in the past 2 Years and will accelerate next year and 2017

This is Bombay Beach’s Harbor Pilings in February 2014
The Salton Sea Bombay Beach

The Salton Sea Bombay Beach 2014

These are those same pilings less than a year later in January 2015
The Salton Sea Bombay Beach

The Salton Sea Bombay Beach 2015

And I’ll end with just a few more from the West Shore area to show some things remain the same…the same despair

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The Salton Sea West Shore

The Salton Sea West Shore

The Salton Sea West Shore

Drink a Toast to The Sea

The Salton Sea West Shore