At center, a large sand bucket sits on the desert floor. It is viewed from its side. A worker stands on the ground beside it at left. He stands with his back to camera. To the right of him, another worker stands atop the gigantic bucket. He faces right and appears to hold welding equipment. Chains, cables and pulleys attach to the bucket from above. Behind the bucket, at left, the lattice of a large crane stretches across the image on a steep upward angle to the right.
A similar photograph of the construction of the All American Canal appears with the caption: “Like some unbelievable monster of the machine age is this enormous dragline working on the all-American canal eighteen miles from Calexico. This view taken from the top of the control house shows the enormous crane that handles the eight-cubic yard sand bucket. The canal cut is sixty feet deep here. In two months this dragline has moved 344,000 cubic yards of sand,” Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 1936: 10
From the view of the control house, the arm of a gigantic crane extends vertically through the center of the image. Tread marks from construction equipment pass under it. In the near distance at center, a debris cloud rises from the desert floor. The crane's large sand bucket hangs directly above it, appearing to have just released the sand. Beyond the worksite, the desert floor stretches into the distance.
In the near distance, off-center to the left, a large sand bucket lies on its side on the desert floor. A construction worker stands atop the bucket and to the right of him, 2 more workers stand on the ground. Above the bucket, the arm of a large crane enters frame from the left and extends up to the right. Cables on a pulley system extend between the bucket on the ground at left and the front of the crane's arm at right.