Tall Tales From The Field

Baja Mexico Road Trip

Baja California is not in California, it’s in Mexico. The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is not in California, it’s in Mexico. But whatever it’s called, Baja  Mexico is a place of much diversity, great landscapes and a vast desert environment surrounded by immense bodies of water.  https://www.google.com/maps/@27.9998847,-113.5,6z

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It’s about a 1,000 mile (1,609 Kilometers) drive from San Diego to the southern tip of Baja at Cabo San Lucas. I had the opportunity a few years ago to drive that stretch and to capture the essence of the land, its people and customs. The food was spicy, inexpensive and the military checkpoints were ubiquitous.  The photos below are a good representation of the land in much of Baja with its endless mountain ridges and succulent desert vegetation. These photos and more are available as prints or downloadable files at http://dawn2dawnphotography.com/

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MEXICAN MILITARY GUARD

This fine young hombre with AK 47 searched my vehicle but forgot to check the rocker panels. I guess he never saw the movie “The French Connection”

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Many visitors are content to camp along the bahias of The Sea of Cortez, where the waters are peaceful, clear and green! Just be aware of the giant squids!

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The greenery in Baja is made up of cactus that come in all shapes and sizes. Boojum trees.

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They could use this cactus in place of barb-wire at prisons.

And then there are the sunrises and sunsets. This was when I decided to name my website Dawn2Dawn Photography.

SUNRISE OVER SEA OF CORTEZ

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This is the shot I used for my website logo. I got out of my tent around 6am and saw this. The color was immense. I didn’t have to push the saturation in Photoshop.

 Baja Sunset

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And when you get hungry, you head to town.  They serve really good Mexican food down here!

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Spanish 101- Loncheria means luncheonette and Ostion means oysters and tacos means tacos.

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The carne asada was delicious even though they hang the carne out to dry on their clothesline out back.

MEXICAN CHIHUAHUA

The cantina’s house chihuahua had some serious attitude. Maybe I didn’t leave a big enough tip.

After a great meal, it was time to reflect.

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My favorite town in Baja was Loreto, a sleepy fishing village on The Sea of Cortez with sincere charm.

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It was Christmas time in Loreto

MISION NUESTRA SENORA DE LORETO

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The wildlife in Baja was wild. This seagull had a nice perch.

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As did this turkey vulture.

A PAIR OF OSPREYS

Ospreys come down from the north every winter to vacation.

BROWN PELICANS

The locals call these brown pelicans the Mexican Chickens.

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Seals found their own piece of paradise.

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I think dogs are sacred in Mexico.

FISHING BOATS AT SANTA ROSALIA

The quaint fishing village of Santa Rosalia is straight out of a Hemingway novel.

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Cabo San Lucas is NOT out of a Hemingway novel.

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I preferred these boats at Lands End, the southern tip of Baja.

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At the northern tip of Baja is Tijuana. You better have a passport these days to get back into the US and some patience. I was ready at this point to turn around and head back to  Baja Mexico.

14 responses

  1. Lucia

    Beautiful! Amazing pics

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    March 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

  2. I’ve sailed up and down Baja Calif 4 times, and have spent so many hours staring at the landscape (when I could see it) and looking at these pictures gives me so much insight. I loved every single on of them!

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    March 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

  3. Wonderful photos! Baja is on my list for “soon”, and I think you’ve just inspired me to make it sooner.

    Thanks for following my blog.

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    March 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    • Thanks Angeline. I’m looking to go back in the near future and find that chihuahua!

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      March 22, 2014 at 10:50 PM

  4. Its is a Great tour for me. I only been at the tip, I have eaten sun dried Fish its very good. Thank You

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    March 23, 2014 at 9:25 AM

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  6. Reblogged this on dawn2dawn photography and commented:

    Reblog from 3 years ago. Baja California is a worthwhile trip

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    February 16, 2017 at 9:19 PM

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  8. Lovely photos!

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    February 16, 2017 at 11:33 PM

  9. Anonymous

    What a coincidence. I just came home from spending a week outside of a small town on the Pacific Ocean side of Baja about 90 minutes north of Cabo, now my new, most favourite place. I’ll go back and explore some more and your photos are just the temptation I need. Every dog I encountered – and there were many – seemed to be the colour of sand, just like that chihuahua.

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    February 17, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    • You must mean the town of Todos Santos, a surfing mecca. We spent a night there and I remembered eating at a little restaurant al fresco.

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      February 17, 2017 at 11:59 AM

  10. Amazing how plants and animals have adapted to the desert climate – love the cacti! … beautiful shots, Mike.

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    February 17, 2017 at 1:46 PM

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