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Salton Sea Sunrise

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 24 May 2017 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

At the end of March, I went to southern California to see the "Bloom". That is, the desert bloom that was quite good this year due to winter rains. As a bit of a bonus, I was near the Salton Sea that had come to my attention when visiting Joshua Tree National Park some years ago. So, I had to check it out. It was created by a mishap with the irrigation system, in 1905, that allowed the entire water volume of the Colorado River to flow into the Salton Sink, which is below sea level, for two years. Please see this Wikipedia article if you would like to learn more about this strange "sea".

A larger view is here.

The Salton Sea
Southern California, USA
Part of The Great American West series.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Like the first morning of the world, where light is looking for its place.

24 May 2017 5:53am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Lovely view and treatment

24 May 2017 5:54am

farNaaz50 from Gorgan, Iran

The atmosphere is very nice and you know, it says : I am on earth and photographing a sunrise in that planet !

24 May 2017 6:08am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Très joli

24 May 2017 6:40am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful soft colors

24 May 2017 6:58am

jean pierre a from France

joli panoramic!! amitiés

24 May 2017 7:40am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un très beau panoramique !

24 May 2017 8:34am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful panorama!

24 May 2017 8:54am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really beautiful !!

24 May 2017 8:56am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful pastels that contrast nicely with the blues!! I love the diagonal shoreline that bisects this panoramic frame. Thank you for the background information!

24 May 2017 11:43am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States


24 May 2017 12:45pm

Shaun from Thorton, United States

A fabulous image. Excellent scene to admire. A superb panorama. 5*

24 May 2017 12:52pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful sunrise. Amazing colours and light. :)

24 May 2017 1:00pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Gorgeous soft tones and light. Peaceful scene

24 May 2017 1:49pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Amazing panoroma.

24 May 2017 2:13pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

I like the beautiful color gradation in the sky. Stunning view.

24 May 2017 2:15pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe doucuer en fond sur ce montagnes et couleur quel décor de rêve.

24 May 2017 2:36pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for the write up...beautiful image here !

24 May 2017 2:56pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! But I read your link and that these floods were a drama for bathed houses then become a l wonderful place for birds and beaches and now with the salt and the pesticides it am again catastrophic...!

24 May 2017 4:12pm

@Mhelene: Yes, it seems to be on a course to no longer support any life.

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Nice blue.

24 May 2017 4:27pm

willy from Belgium

une publication intéressante Steve..

ton panoramique est sublime..


24 May 2017 5:27pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very nice pastel colours Steve.

24 May 2017 5:42pm

Don from Spokane, Afghanistan

The sea creatures very interesting color combinations. I like how sbtle most of them are. How was creatled iis very interesting.

24 May 2017 6:18pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

excellent, so artistic composition!

24 May 2017 7:19pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic colors.

24 May 2017 7:21pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & lights!
Lovely view !

24 May 2017 9:01pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A spectacular view of the Salton Sea! The colors are gorgeous! That is something I have always wanted to do, see the desert flowers in the spring. I can imagine that it was a really good year this year!

24 May 2017 10:08pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Lovely photo with a magical high key effect. Very interesting story behind this body of water as well. Just a little mishap!

25 May 2017 2:35am

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

A Very magical feel, indeed, Steve. I agree with DarkElf absolutely! When we lived in San Diego, we made it over to the Salton Sea a few times, but never at good "shooting" times...We did have the benefit of a wonderful spring desert flower season some years ago, but, by all accounts, not as good as this past season. We loved Anza Borrego State Park and visited there several times....I hope you enjoyed that area of California ;-)

25 May 2017 3:03am

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

P.S. Magnificent shot from Key's View, Steve! I Love that ;-)

25 May 2017 3:07am

Diana from Olympia, United States

Spectacular color and light

25 May 2017 3:25am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Panorama superbe. )

25 May 2017 5:37am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

belle prise

25 May 2017 8:11am