There’s a funny thing that goes through my head whenever I tell people from the midwest, the east coast and especially from outside the US, that I live in California. I’m pretty sure they have a well-developed image in their heads (…Hollywood, Malibu, Baywatch!) of “California.” All 163,696 sq miles of it.
Spoiler alert! Here’s how a large proportion of the state actually looks.
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The shots were taken from commercial airliners over southern California deserts and were made with a Nikon D70 camera and 70mm lens.
If you’re shooting from a plane, try to get your lens right up against the window and turn your flash off.
The body of water is the Salton Sea. As the name implies, it’s a salt lake.
And it’s getting saltier every year. Not unlike myself.