-------RECEIVED HIGHEST NUMBEER OF VOTES-------- Trees speak to us of life and memory. This desolate dead tree, marooned in the salt flats, with a power plant behind it, captured the mood of declining industry and a community facing extinction. Once a thriving holiday resort, the inland lake that is California's saltern sea has become saltier. The fish struggle to breathe. The hotels, caravan parks, bars, and restaurants are closed. All that is left is one street towns struggling to survive.