“The Spine of Baja”
“The vastness of the desert frightened her. Everything looked too far away, even the cloudless sky. There was nowhere you could hide in such emptiness.”
― James Carlos Blake
Today, I’m turning my lens inland and sharing an image of the landscape of the coastal region of Baja, actually, Baja California Sur, the name of this Mexican province. Not far from the coastal resorts, on the road between Cabo san Lucas and Todos Santos, the lush and artificial greens give way to a fairly inhospitable, yet beautiful landscape of thorny shrubs and cacti.
Yet, despite its seeming desolation, if you look carefully, there are splashes of colour everywhere. Though it may be more difficult to see in this image, the link to my 500px collection will offer a high resolution view.
The landscape of Baja was not at all what I expected, in fact, i’m not sure what I was expecting. Based on the resort photos, I was expecting something lush and tropical, not semi-desert, let alone mountains. The Baja also surprised me when I say bright orange blossoms appearing on what appeared to be dead and dried out bushes. It’s also crisscrossed with numerous dry river beds, which hint at days of plentiful water. In fact, the day we landed was one of the few rain days the region experiences and it poured for a few hours, refreshing the landscape and causing water to flow again, albeit briefly.
I had considered going on a hike to make photos during my visit, but other than the dry river beds, I did not see many opportunities to walk very far without getting impaled by a cactus or scraped by some thorny shrub. So, a roadside image will have to suffice, for now.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200
High Resolution image on 500px