Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is a strange place. Abandoned by nature thousands of years ago. Accidently remade by people in 1905. Developed for the wealthy in the 1950s. Abandoned and left for the poor there after. A sanctuary for migratory birds whose waterways of the Central Valley were drained for agriculture. An oxygen choking waste land where algal blooms kill off thousands of fish. It is an inland sea that expands and contracts swallowing abandoned communities and leaving behind thick layers of rust and salt. It smells. It stinks. Those who live there value their privacy while the rest of us marvel at its contradictory beauty.