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“Mud Pots”, Niland, CA

Canon 5D Mark II

Another incredibly cool thing we found the other day down here in the desert…When we got out of the car, we could immediately hear these things gurgling. Some of the bigger ones did some hissing, too. So weird!! wrote this:

“Mud Pots near the town of Calipatria. The mud pots are formed in geothermal areas where there is water pushing the ash or mud up to the surface forming mini volcanoes. This is a virtually undiscovered area where one can get up close and personal as the mud pots burp, gargle and croak without a sign to mark their presence and without a fence to protect them.

This area is on the St Andreas fault and there are power generating stations in the area using geothermal techniques to generate electrical power."


  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerabout 2 years ago

    awesome work!

  • Thank you so, so much, Tara!! I really appreciate it!!! :))))

    – Laurie Search

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

    Laurie, your title is perfect! What an other-worldly place you discovered, and I like the monochrome treatment for this.

  • Thank you so very much for that great compliment, Celeste!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Graham Povey
    Graham Poveyabout 2 years ago

    Excellent Laurie!

  • Thank you very, very much, Graham!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so, so much, Maisie!! I appreciate that!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Superb work Laurie! Love it.

  • I’m so happy you love it, Arfan!! Thank you so very much!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 2 years ago

    Nice shot, it certainly does not look of this earth.

  • It was definitely a bizarre thing to see!! Thank you so much, Colin!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you very, very much, Sylvia!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    Really cool Laurie

  • Thanks so much, Donna!! It was a very cool place to find!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you SOOOO much for the feature!!! I’m thrilled!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

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