The Journey Down Baja is one that the ‘Baja Jims’ have documented in a 2013 photographic calendar.
by Jim Cline (in association with Jim Hendricks)
Driving down the Baja peninsula is always a great adventure. About six or seven hours beyond the border, you come upon a magical area of extensive boulder fields filled with many species of cactus. The two species that stand out the most are the giant Cardon Cactus (the tallest cactus in the world), and the Cirio Cactus, or Boojum Trees, as they are commonly known.
The two species create an aura of yin and yang among the boulderfields – the strong powerful Cardon, found only in Baja and across the Sea of Cortez in parts of coastal Sonora, is the tallest cactus in the world, some growing to reach 10 tons. The whimsical curvey Boojums offset the rigid Cardons with a more feminine grace. They can grow to over 50 feet tall and over 300 years old.
As you make your way down Baja you will see so many types of marine animals and seabirds. I always enjoy the majestic ospreys, which are found near both coasts all the way down Baja. Sometimes you can see them bringing back their catch of the day back to their nests. This picture was taken in the spring when often you can see babies in their very large nests, waiting for parents to bring back fish.
For many people who travel the Baja peninsula, the Sea of Cortez is one of the highlights. Concepcion Bay is truly one of the ultimate Baja destinations – turquoise waters, the epitome of where the desert meets the sea with fine beaches. It is home to some of the best sea kayaking Baja has to offer, as well as out of this world clamming, fishing, snorkeling, beachcombing and shelling, and of course great photography.
The west side of the bay along Highway 1 is lines with campgrounds situated on white-sand beaches, a few scattered restaurants and other services. And it’s still close to the quaint yet tourist-friendly town of Mulege with its selection of restaurants, hotels and other services.
We hope you will enjoy our journey down Baja!
The 2013 Baja Calendar – Deluxe Wall Edition
Take a journey down Baja — the magnificent peninsula that offers almost 1000 miles of natural beauty — in the 2013 deluxe Baja wall calendar.It features twelve full-page (11×14) photos, as well as more inset photos from professional photographer and Baja Guide Jim Cline.We’ll start from the north at Ensenada and work our way south all the way to Land’s End at Cabo San Lucas. We hope that this calendar will inspire you to shake off the rust, raise the anchor, cast off the lines, and head south and explore this magical land where the desert meets the sea.
Jim Cline & Jim Hendricks – Baja Jims http://thebajacalendar.com/
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