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IMG_20140820_0011In spite of the fact that its once-popular tourist towns are now largely abandoned, the Salton Sea isn’t all decay and dilapidation. Take this cool mid-century building, for example. It’s encouraging to see how beautifully it’s been renovated but, even better, it’s home to the World Famous International Banana Museum. It was closed the day I visited but I will make it a point to stop by again. Intriguing! Photo taken with a Polaroid Spectra camera and film from the Impossible Project.

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boxh.jpgAs beautiful and visually arresting as the Salton Sea is, the atmosphere there can be unsettling and a little scary. I couldn’t help but think of the old Kevin Spacey-Brad Pitt film Se7en when I stumbled upon this little tableau behind an abandoned North Shore snack bar. And, just in case you’re familiar with the movie and are wondering…no, I did not look in the box!

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pianoevs.jpgOne last look at eerily beautiful Bombay Beach, at least for the time being. I’m going back as soon as the temps in the desert become a little more bearable!

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IMG_9095pseThere is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
~ Lord Byron

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IMG_9099b_edited-1I’ve never before (outside of the movies, anyway) seen a piano on a beach and yet I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find one abandoned on the shore of the Salton Sea. The beachfront in Bombay Beach, in particular, is in a constant state of flux which is one of the reasons I keep returning. You never know what you’ll stumble upon there.

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IMG_9065_edited-1Another shot from my recent visit to the flood-ravaged town of Bombay Beach. One of the things I find to be most compelling about the Salton Sea in general, and Bombay Beach in particular, is that they stand up so well to repeat visits. Indeed, every time I make the trek out to this visually-arresting and eerie place I notice things that either weren’t there before or, for whatever reason, failed to catch my eye in the past. Time seems to speed up and I’m always left wishing that the daylight would last just a little bit longer.