Reflections on a Silent Sea~


The Salton Sea,

in summertime,

is scorching,

stark,

solitary,

and stunning.

No one here but you,

and the silent sea.
Good news for a change! California voters passed Proposition 68 this week which will allocate $200 million dollars towards saving The Salton Sea. The monies are earmarked towards rebuilding the wetlands that are so crucial to migrating birds and to conserving all the wildlife that depend upon the sea. Funds are also allocated to mitigate the harmful dust that is damaging human health. Everyday, amidst all the negativity, so many people do very good things! Thank you California voters for protecting our wild creatures and wild spaces.
Cheers to you from the soon to be saved Salton Sea~

223 thoughts on “Reflections on a Silent Sea~

    • Thank you Peter. This last visit I felt like I may have been witnessing the decline and death of the sea. Now a week later, everything has changed for the better. There will still be a lot to do, but this is incredibly encouraging!

  1. Gosh that’s a lot of money put towards restoration and conservation. Really great news, Cindy.
    Looks a unique area and will be so much better for the migrating birds.

    • I know. Me too! Can you believe it! I want to keep seeing the wild creatures here, and I want the people who live here to have protection, and for once, what I hope for seems closer to happening.

  2. Cheers to you cindy💕
    Cheers to California and standing up for what is right.
    Thank you for sharing this important news and your amazing photos 🙏

  3. I popped by via Charles French’s always interesting blog and I’m glad I did…congratulations on sharing this important news for nature and our world…your pictures are stunning!

    • I know. Can you believe it? Maybe Caly will wake and roar. And even if not, Californian’s were smart enough to know our state’s most amazing assets are our wild spaces,

  4. I too wondered why the area was deserted when it looks so lovely, but you have already answered that. It is always uplifting to receive good news, especially with regard to the environment. I look forward to photographs from your future visits that will document the positive changes.

    • Oh my gosh, I hadn’t even thought of that. But now, you know what, I’m going back more frequently to do just that. That you for giving me a reason.<3

  5. That’s wonderful news and your photo’s are glorious. It’s like you’re a lone bird scanning the habitat, soon to be back on track. It seems so isolated and quiet. Is it too hot for most?

    • Yes. It is lovely in spring, fall and winter. In summer, it desolates as it heats, and can be quite dangerous. This is when you really feel the desert closing in on you. I love it.

  6. Thanks, Cindy, for the pictures – very impressive – and for the good news about rescuing the Salton Sea wetlands.

  7. Interesting to see. Our book club read the novel The Book of Dead Birds some years ago, which is when I first heard of the Salton Sea. A fascinating place.

  8. Wonderful news and great photos. Now if only the voters would deal with some of the other issues that threaten the Country… xx

  9. Thank you for the good news Cindy! It’s good to know there are some places in this country with the good sense to know we must preserve our environment! Silent Spring came to mind as I write. I don’t ever want one of those or a silent summer, winter or fall for that matter.

  10. Yay! California! I saw a documentary on the Salton Sea many years ago, and it was already quite problematic back then. Thanks for sharing the good news. 🙂

    • It has basically always been problematic, but not the problems have reached the level of crisis, so it is especially encouraging that voters supported this proposition.

  11. Gorgeous photos, Cindy, and wonderful to hear about the passage of Prop 68. It’s a relief and a blessing to focus on the positive amid the chaos. Thanks so much for sharing the good news! ❤️

  12. You bring out the beauty in so many places, but this–quite an achievement! Same with CA legislature’s plan for renewal. Great news!

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    • Manchmal wissen Sie, dass eine Person ist ein sehr guter Mensch.Dies ist, was ich uber Sie wissen. Ich freue mich immer auf Ihren Kommentar zu erhalten und einen Blog zu besuchen.Ich habe noch nie auf den Teil von Frankreich wo es Flamingos.Ich habe davon gehört. Es muss fantastisch sein.
      I am so sorry. I know I brutalized the language. But it is such a beautiful language.

  14. We live in a beautiful world and there are many, many people who will stand with the people of California. Thank you for this hopeful and profound news. We can make a difference – together.

    • It is. I have never seen the sea so empty of birds. I hope they start the wetland recovery soon, but you know bureaucracy, and this is quite a huge mess to try and ameliorate….

  15. That is good news, Cindy!
    I love these peaceful photos. I can hear the silence. (I remember an old Gomer Pyle rerun from my childhood, where he talks about listening to the quiet. The concept always stayed with me.) Hugs.

        • It is encouraging, in that the problems may be ameliorated, somewhat, in that the wild animals that depend on the sea, and the people who live near it, could be benefitted and not killed. It is complicated, more so than most people who haven’t visited the sea all their life realize. I will do a post next, I think, clarifying things, but only a bit. Although, I tend, on purpose, to avoid, hitting hard things head on, since many others do it, and it creates such a realistically depressing onslaught it can be overwhelming.

  16. Beautiful area and stunning photos, Cindy. Pleased to hear that some people care unselfishly about the planet and nature…the silent, peaceful majority, for once in the history of mankind, need to speak with whatever peaceful tools we have and our money seems to be quite a tool!

    • I plan to post on the results. I feel such a strong personal connection to the place and I expect to see improvement. Hope all is well with you Maiko <3

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