When I was very young my grandfather first brought me out to the Salton Sea, on one of a handful of fishing trips. Back then the Salton Sea was a completely different environment, still a vacation spot for some, or a fishing destination for others. Since those days it has transformed into a very eerie and (at least for me personally) magical place to observe and photograph. If you have time I recommend checking out the Wikipedia article written about the area that briefly outlines the history. It’s one of the most alien landscapes I have personally come across, and the mix of the ruins of structures on the shore, with the beauty of the water during certain times of days makes a fascinating contrast. The following images are from two trips, one shot in 2007 at and before sunset. The other images were shot in late 2009 much earlier in the afternoon. I have never been extremely happy with the shots from 2009, and I definitely think if you are going to the sea to take photos that arriving about an hour or so before sunset is critical.
P.S. If you like Val Kilmer he did an interesting movie titled, “The Salton Sea” in 2002. It’s not really a story of the sea exactly, but it does make an appearance or two.