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Baja 2017 Expedition

Gummy Flowers I Want to Eat

Eye Candy!

Eye Candy!

Covering the rolling sand dunes in a plush green and red carpet near Guerrero Negro these plants only grow 3 or 4 inches high but on closer inspection they surprise me with their appearance, they look like gummy raspberries, glistening translucent beads bulging out from stems and leaves. Eye Candy!

 

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When we first saw them in March I thought the beads on the leaves looked like dewdrops, but they wouldn’t wipe off! Near the end of May they had red swelling buds also beaded, which were just starting to open into slim-petalled white flowers.

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Blue and Yellow Beauties

Beautiful Blue-and-Yellow Chromis are joined by a King Angelfish, a Yellowtail Surgeonfish, some type of Grunt and in behind a plethora of Parrotfish patrolling purposefully (Bluechin species). “The World’s Aquarium” is how Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez, and this rocky reef off Punta Coyote, an easy kayak day-trip from Puerto Escondido, lends credence to the description.

April 8 2017, Punta coyote, Puerto Escondido, near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

 

Baja Roads!!

I have many, many stories about roads and drivers in Baja, enough to fill conversation around the dinner table for a month of Sundays! I’ll include little vignettes on this page.

These photos show the work of a line-painter after a holiday booze bash!

These photos show the work of a line-painter after a holiday booze bash!

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IMG_0927Actually this is new pavement, which buckled in the middle, probably due to vehicles driving on it too soon while it was still soft. Note this is NEW pavement on one of the two main highways!!! Stay tuned for photos of old pavement . . .

 

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Check out this typical distance sign . . . okay, it’s not typical but it is a sign on Mexico Highway 1 in a major town, Santa Rosalia, on the Sea of Cortez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moorish Idols and Company

Moorish Idols are probably my favourite Sea of Cortez fish. With gorgeous lemon yellow, black, and white colouration, a flowing dorsal fin streamer, and their quick graceful gliding they are elegantly striking. The crackling sounds (like a fire) are the natural sounds of shrimp, fish and corals feeding, it’s not static!
May 2017, Bahia de los Muertos, near La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Thanks Nick Apivor for the Vibes music!!

Guineafowl Puffer Fish

Guineafowl Puffer fish, both the usual spotted colouration which looks to me like pyjamas! and the less common golden phase. Both are beautiful and so soothing to hang out with as they bobble along.
At Bahia de los Muertos near La Paz, Baja California Sur. May 2107

 

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake ~ Sinuous, serpentine slithering movement is so soothing! Okay, I love snakes and this metre-long beauty was mesmerizing. She/he had 13 rattles on the tail and the loud buzzing rattle warning me away was very electrifying. I kept a respectful distance (telephoto lens) and soon left snake alone. A bite from this snake can mean death!

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake ~ Sinuous, serpentine, slithering movement is so soothing! Okay, I love snakes and this metre-long beauty was mesmerizing. She/he had 13 rattles on the tail and the loud buzzing rattle warning me away was very electrifying. I kept a respectful distance (telephoto lens) and soon left snake alone. A bite from this snake can mean death!

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Moorish Idol and Gold Rim Surgeonfish

Moorish Idol and Gold Rim Surgeonfish

 

 

Mobula Mob UW

‘Mob’ of Mobula Rays

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Golden Guineafowl Puffer Close-up

Get Out, Waaaay Out, and Get Wet!

Get Out, Waaaay Out, and Get Wet!

 

 

Visit again soon for more videos and photos of this expedition, a Lemony Snickett’s trip if ever there was one, in other words, “A Series of Unfortunate Events!” interspersed with some wondrous connections with critters, plants and the land.

 

 

Moorish Idols and Company

Moorish Idols and Company

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