Salvation Mountain

March 1, 2015 at 11:10 am (California, fine art photography, Photography) (, , , , )

Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA

Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA

A psychedelic mountain rises from the desert on the east shore of California’s Salton Sea, a beacon to the lost and the joyous.  Vivid flowers and red hearts and lime green words abound.  One phrase repeats over and over again.  “God is Love.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Salton Sea Shore

March 1, 2015 at 3:07 am (California, fine art photography, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Sunrise in the palms, Mecca, Calif.

Sunrise in the palms, Mecca, Calif.

It’s not really a sea.  It’s a lake with a strange history.  You see, the Salton Sea was once a legitimate lake (a small portion of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla), but then it dried up thousands of years ago.  When a canal was built in the early 1900s to divert water from the nearby Colorado River to the Imperial Valley for crops, the engineers failed to take into account the fact that the river sometimes floods. Read the rest of this entry »

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East Jesus and West Satan

January 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm (California) (, , )


This might be a peculiarly California thing:  a squatter city in the desert.  If you like Funky Artsy Fartsy weirdness like I do, you will feel right at home in Slab City, just east of Niland on the Salton Sea.  (Warning:  bad words ahead.  Get over it.)


I had heard about Slab City from co-workers who had been there.  Salvation Mountain, at the entrance to Slab City (see future blog post) is perhaps more famous, but you can see the influences of one upon the other. Read the rest of this entry »

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