Life After Death

The somewhat famous trees at Red Hill Marina, Salton Sea. They might be long dead, but live on as a subject quite favorable among photographers visiting the area. When I was there end of November 2013, I ran into another photographer that was visiting Southern California, coming all the way down to the Salton Sea from the Bay Area.

I found these trees often referred to as being Oaks. I have my doubts about that. I’ve never seen an Oak anywhere else at these elevations and in the desert. They also lack the gnarly branches of California oak trees. My guess is that these trees are either Cottonwoods or Willows, or maybe Tamarisks aka Salt Cedars.

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