Baja California’s Cardón Cactus

Dominating Baja California’s Sonoran Deserts, the largest Cardon Cactus are believed to be over 300 years old & weight 25+ tons.
Willie’s Uncle Norm has a picture of one giant over 20 meters tall!
The vertically ribbed trunk boasts incredible texture…
after a Summer Thunderstorm or Chusbasco you’ll often see a white flowers busting out on the highest branches.
Early Spanish Missions documented that Cardon fruit & seeds were a popular foodstuff with the nomadic natives. 
This Photograph was taken near Cataviña in the Parque Natural del Desierto Central de Baja California.

Captured in 1988 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 80-200mm
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Puebla, Mexico

Founded in 1531, the city of Puebla in central Mexico is a World Heritage Site. 
We were there to climb the active volcano Popocatépetl, Mexico’s second highest Peak.
But as we prepared to climb, the cultural distractions were everywhere… 
Colonial Architecture, Incredible food (mole poblano), Talavera Tile & Pottery.
Overlooking the busy streets from our fourth story window at the Hotel Colonial…
a perfect viewpoint to capture the light & motion of the wonderful nightlife!

Captured in 1985 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm 1.4
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Sea Kayaking, Isla Espíritu Santo, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Isla Espíritu Santo is located in the Gulf of California just offshore from Baja California Sur's capitol city of La Paz.
Popular with Sea Kayakers, this area is protected by UNESCO as a biosphere.
Connected by a narrow isthmus to Isla Partida, uninhabited Espíritu Santo is Mexico’s 12th largest island.

Captured November 1985 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 80-200mm zoom
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