(Image: Kevin. Star trails over the Salton Sea)
This stunning image captures the swirling star trails over an abandoned pier at the former Salton Sea Naval Auxiliary Air Station. The photographer wrote on Flickr: “To produce this image, I combined 87 images using StarStaX. Each frame was shot at 30 sec f/4 ISO 2000 using a Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm Ex Dg.”
The Salton Sea Test Base opened in the 1930s for the US Navy to conduct seaplane target bombing sorties in the lake’s northwestern corner. During World War Two a larger facility was established to the southwest, around 10 miles south of Salton City. Around the same time barnacle infestation (released in foreign ballast water) made beaches unpleasant for recreational swimmers. The Salton Sea NAS was largely abandoned in the 1960s but manoeuvres continued during the 1970s and in the run-up to the first Gulf War. The facility was later the subject of a “salinity control pilot research project” using “enhanced evaporation systems”.