The Beautiful Salton Sea

When I was a kid of eight or nine years, one of my fondest memories was night fishing with my dad on the Salton Sea.   I’d be walking home from school,  I know, we actually walked to and from school back then, and as I turned the corner for home I would see my father packing up the rambler and hooking up the boat, and I’d break into a run knowing the family would be headed for the beautiful Salton Sea by nightfall.

_DSC_0757-bOne of my dad’s buddies would hook him up with a room in Bombay Beach and we would hang out at the beach club and water ski all day.  The day always ended with a family dinner, be it barbecue on the beach, or sit down at the Yacht Club.  After dinner my sisters would go with my mom to do what ever it is women did back then, while me being a man, would do what men do, fish, on the Sea, at night, in the dark, with my dad.

_DSC0896It was great!  My dad taught me about stars and the constellations.  We would have discussions about currents and drift, but mostly we would just fish, and catch fish we did, lots of fish.  Corvina mostly, but sargo and croaker as well.  Those were some memories, just me and my dad, out fishing in the moonlight, on the beautiful Salton Sea.  See where I’m going with this?

_DSC_0695I recently drove out to the south-eastern shore of the Salton Sea.  I was headed to a little town called Niland, home of the mud volcanoes.  Why, you might ask?  Well, I saw a special about them on one of the cable networks and decided to investigate for myself.  Besides, I hadn’t been out to the eastern shore of the Sea in over 50 years.

 

_DSC_0744Well I’m here to tell you, the old Sea ain’t what it used to be.  It’s dirty and smelly.  The salt content is so high that very few fish can survive the brine, and the beautiful resorts that once thrived with activity?  Well, they’re either completely gone, or left to rot on the shores of the beautiful Salton Sea.

At least I have the memories.

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Joshua Tree

So, I was out at Joshua Tree National Park a while back.  Spent the night at Cottonwood Springs where I got some nice shots of the sun setting and the moon rising.

B_0137The next day I headed out to run Pinkham Canyon Road, a little dirt doozy that starts out near the Cottonwood Visitor Center and heads west through the southern wilderness area of the park slowly making it’s way towards the Cottonwood Mountains.

_DSC_1247As the road becomes less of a road, and more of wash,  navigating becomes a little more difficult.  The course is difficult to follow and one can easily make a wrong turn, adding a little excitement to the trip.  After exploring a couple of roads I hadn’t intended to explore I finally exit the Cottonwood’s close to Interstate 10.

_DSC_1281If you decide you want drive Pinkham Canyon Road, here’s a little advice.  Make sure you have a good camera, a full tank of fuel, a couple of gallons of water, a good spare tire, and all the time you need to enjoy the journey.

Oh, I almost forgot, did I mention you’re going to need 4 wheel drive?

_DSC_1124See more at: cfrphotographic.com/joshua-tree

 

 

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

We at CFR Photographic would like to say thank you to all of our Veteran’s.  Thank you for your service.  Without you, we are nothing, with you, we are everything.

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Happy 238th Birthday to our Beloved Marine Corp

We at CFR Photographic would like to thank all of our troops for their service, and on this day we would like to give a special thanks, and say Happy Birthday to our beloved Marine Corp.

Happy 238th Birthday, Semper fi!

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“Not so Famous Quotes,” The Cubans Have Arrived

“When you said the ship was filled with Cubans, I thought you meant sailors.”

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Another Day, Another National Park

 “Top of the Staircase” – Zion National Park

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Yet Another Day without our National Parks. Seriously!

Yet another day without our National Parks.  Seriously!  Hopefully this helps.  Need more?  Visit our Gallery at:  www.cfrphotographic.com.

“Moon Over Mirror Lake” – Yosemite National Park

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Another Day Without Our National Parks

To all of our Politicians,  we already know you’re stupid, you don’t need to keep proving it.

“Margeri Calving” – Glacier Bay National Park

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This Just In, Government Still Stupid! Our National Parks

Our quick thinking politicians may have closed down our National Parks but we haven’t!  Visit our National Parks at www.cfrphotographic.com.  As always, if you see something you like you can purchase it through our Gallery.

“North Rim”

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Government Lockout, a Delicate Situation? No, Just a Stupid One

Another day locked out of our National Parks.  No worries, visit them here, or better yet check them out, and even purchase prints at:  www.cfrphotographic.com.

“Delicate Arch” – Arches National Park

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