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The Blood Moon Eclipse over Tortuga Dam

La Presa de la Tortuga is a small body of water located 20 kilometers west of Guadalajara and accessible from Highway 70. Last Sunday, my friend Rodrigo Orozco suggested we go for a hike in the wooded area west of this lake.

Camping & bird counting on the Salty River ... a not-so-hot dip under a starry sky

Because it is the early bird that gets the worm, only an even earlier birdwatcher gets a photo of that bird. Bearing this in mind and recalling that this December is the coldest I have ever experienced in these parts, I asked myself how I could cover this year’s annual Bird Count without having to rise at 5 a.m., drive somewhere in the dark, arrive bleary-eyed at some plaza and stomp around shivering – still in the dark – waiting for things to get underway?

Exploring the Sea of Cortez (part two): Shoes, ships & Shakira singing

December 5, 2018, San Francisco Island,Baja California Sur.  This island is notable for its high, barren, rocky walls “with a trail going up to the top.” We had arrived yesterday through a very choppy sea, but this morning the surface is as smooth as glass and I get what I hope will be a magnificent picture of sunrise – dawn, actually – through my porthole.

Exploring the Sea of Cortez in a 51-foot sloop

December 3, 2018. Los Islotes Island, Baja California.  We are anchored at the sea lion rookery of Los Islotes, 820 kilometers northwest of Guadadalaja. I am a guest of my neighbor in Zapopan, Richard Gresham, aboard his 51-foot sloop, the good ship “God’s Way.”