Palm Springs Life Magazine assigned Christopher Langley to write a feature about the significant beauty that exists around this mysterious, little-known resource. Following editorial direction, the story focuses on the history of Lake Cahuilla going back to the Pleistocene, leaving out less savory details about the lake's current condition.
The lead photo by Osceola Refetoff hints at a more complex story about the significant ecological challenges facing the region in the years to come. The dead trees are home to double-breasted cormorants, and what look like factories belching smoke are in fact thermal energy plants. Meanwhile, a toxic dust problem of epic proportions threatens on the horizon.
In the weeks to come, High & Dry will publish three new Dispatches that cover a more nuanced view of the area and it's steadfast inhabitants. For the sunniest outlook: