Aug 12, 2016

What We Saw - What We Missed

He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something;
he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little;
and he who has spent half an hour in each
of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.

Sinclair Lewis

Cavorting Mobula Ray

Enough stories, just a post with pictures of what we saw and a few of what we looked for but never found.  Enjoy!

Hermit Crab in a Pink Throat Murex about 6" long - quite a large specimen
Sunset for the birds
Finally clear water
Daily dolphin entertainment
Find the lizard
The beautiful beach of Mona.  Nikki hiding from Mike in the rocks.
Just have to check out that water
Full moon over red rocks
Full moon at sunset
Large conch shell

Coming out of its shell.  Lower right corner is the eyeball at the end of a long arm
They move by using their one claw-like-arm (at left of shell) as a pole vault
Resting in the shade

Nikki enjoying the evening shade
A better way of cooling off
Love these rocks and the sparse, mainly whitish, vegetation
Two orcas in the Sea
Never saw but their dorsal fins
Vela (sail) rock.  Guano covered detached rock off Isla Angel de la Guarda
And the cavorting of mobulas continue
Up and twist
Ready for the white belly flop
Duo dancing
Winging it...
But sometimes you have to fix things
Painting name on shrimp boat.  Check out that 'chair' made of rusty pipes and frayed ropes
From a small resto in San Evaristo

And now for what we have been unable to see in the wild.  The famous boojum tree.  It is only found naturally in three places in the Sea of Cortez area.  On Isla de la Guarda at 4300+ feet (we did not climb that high when we visited), in the Three Virgins volcanic area near Santa Rosalia (we didn't go far enough or high enough even though we visited), or near the Seri Indian reservation on the mainland near Tiburon Island (an area we haven't visited yet).

They are often confused with the Adan tree (same fouqueria family) which grows just about everywhere in Baja and the mainland. 

These giants have amazing shapes.  The Seri Indians believe they are sacred and that some of them represent men, others women.  The following three pictures come from some ethnobotany website...

Very interesting shapes
They can grow REALLY tall - up to 60 feet

Boojum and cardons

Cultivated boojum near Mona - there were quite a few there - - -
They are rather fat when cultivated

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