In spite of yesterday's post, there IS a certain beauty at the Salton Sea. These palms were along the shore near the marina club. I haven't been there early in the morning, but I can imagine that the sea, the sky, and palms would make a beautiful sunrise. The Salton Sea is over 45 miles south of our home, so I only get down that way if I'm in Thermal or Mecca. And, it's another 20 miles from there! I went down the east side this week and I'm thinking that one afternoon, after school, I may drive down the west side. The Salton Sea is California's largest inland body of water. It is 15 miles wide and 35 miles long, so you can see how big it is! It is also 226 feet BELOW sea level and agricultural runoff runs into the sea, making it full of pesticides and chemicals. Additionally, the New River from Mexico runs into it (ugh!) and we've all read about the pollution in the New River. I'm always amazed to see people water ski on the Salton Sea, but I guess if that's what you love to do...Still, who would want to swim in it? It is a major attraction for migratory birds. I saw pelicans skimming near the surface, but I couldn't get close enough to get a decent photo of them. I did see lots of seagulls and some water egrets. In spite of the detractions, I would like to return and get some early morning or later afternoon photos at the Salton Sea. SkyWatch Friday for March 4, 2011.