Saturday, January 29, 2011

Shadows on Mexico's Baja Peninsula

I've been posting a lot of pictures taken on our trip to Hawaii in December, 2010, but I thought I'd post some today to show why it took me so long to visit the lovely islands of Hawaii. I never felt the need to go there because I went to Mexico almost every winter for 25 years.
My parents and my youngest brother first visited Mexico's beautiful Baja in 1970, when Rob was two years old. They went back the next winter and took Mom's parents, to show them why they had fallen in love with the east coast of the peninsula. The following year, Mom and Dad decided they needed a place of their own in San Felipe, then a small shrimp-fishing village on the shore of the Sea of Cortez.
They drove the 1600 miles (or 1700 or 1800, depending which route they took, because they weren't fond of freeways) each way, every six months, until they just couldn't do it any more.
Therefore, San Felipe was the holiday destination of choice for me for many, many years. We watched it grow from a sleepy fishing village into a tourist town, but it never quite lost its appeal.
These photos were taken after Mom and Dad decided to stay in Canada year-round. I persuaded my husband to take me down so I could show him why I loved it so much.

I took this picture of Dick photographing some caballeros on the beach.
This is the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, south of Tijuana, not far from Ensenada.

These two pictures were taken at Playa del Sol, 5 miles north of San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez. When San Felipe became too busy for my parents, they moved here, out of town. The pointed shadow that almost reaches the fence is the roof of the place Dad had built - teaching the locals the secrets of wood-frame construction, and doing much of the work himself, in the process.

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There aren't many shadows in this last photo. There's not much shade in the middle of the day on the road they call "La Rumorosa" - just rock, rock, and more rock. It's a good road now, though I heard wild tales from my parents and their friends about the way it was 40 years ago.

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted every weekend by Tracy at Hey Harriet.
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Gemma Wiseman said...

Such an interesting collection of photos! Love the beach scene! And all garnished with beautiful shadows!

Martha Z said...

For some reason Mexico has never had any attraction for me though I know many people love to spend time there. It does look like a nice beach.

Dimple said...

I love the shot of the photographer shooting the caballeros, and the dancing caballito (that MIGHT mean "little horse!") The last shot is a good illustration of why midday in a desert is not my favorite!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There are shadows hiding UNDER all those rocks!


If you see a shadow
And want to keep it near,
Point your trusty shooter
(Make sure the lens is clear);
Press with care the shutter,
Do not slam or sock it—
Then you’ll have a photo
To carry in your pocket!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

A Splendid, Shadowy Door

Ralph said...

The horses on the beach is a sight I hadn't yet seen. Their shadows on the sand are great. Your father built a place of substance, as the shadows are big but lovely, leaving a place to escape from the warmth of the sun. What a lovely place for a vacation when the prairie snows and wind is upon you...

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures as always! Love the one of the horses on the beach and the beautiful blue water!! How fun! I do love Mexico and enjoyed living there so much. Hope your weekend is going well, Kay!


Cildemer said...

Great shots! Love the first one;o)
It seems a nice place to spend the summer holidays!
Thanks for sharing;o)

Have a beautiful weekend, Kay****

Dianne said...

pretty place
I love the beach shot with the horses and the dog

Beverley Baird said...

Such lovely blue skies and sand and water! Great shadows as well!
You were lucky to have a place like that to got to every year. Our place was Maine when we were growing up!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautiful place!.

My shadow shot, have a blessed Sunday!

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Did you hear me gasp all the way here in new Mexico????? I used to CAMP at Playa Del Sol in my college days! I used to live in San Diego and my boyfriend and I along with many friends would head down there to camp. A lot of fun memories there, that's for sure and the BEST fish tacos I've ever had i my life. And, the tortas too.

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Paula - That's wonderful. You're right about the fish tacos. My young sister-in-law still talks sometimes about going down to get fish tacos!
I won't tell you what the residentes (the resident foreigners) thought about American college kids, LOL. Although my parents were more than tolerant, and they loved everybody.
-- K

Hootin' Anni said...

You're a brave soul. I'm not sure, tho I have been there a few times before and loved it, I'm not sure I'd want to go across the border these days.

Beautiful shares today.

Mermaid Shadows

Hope you're having a super Sunday!!

Francisca said...

That's a great family story with your shadow shots, Kay, and of course I have no trouble seeing why you loved the Baja. I was scheduled to go there a few years ago, but something interrupted the plans. In the 60s, our family went to a tiny coastal town in Spain, when ice was delivered in blocks for the cooler and meat was sold by a local butcher only a few hours every morning. We had an endless, really endless, beach all to ourselves and a small paella hut. When I went back some years ago, I was shocked... the town was now dwarfed by HUGE condo buildings and the beach was an anthill of sunbathers. It was my lesson that you can't go back.

robin. said...

what fun photos...great horse shadows!!

Fran said...

It is so grey and dismal here and your photos just serve to compound it! Do you know of a programme that can filter out your posts that refer to sunshine!!!!! Seriously, it looks so beautiful, I would love to visit. xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos, and memories you have.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

This looks like New Zealand, they shot a wedding TV reality show. The poor bride fell of her horse.

Anonymous said...

These are lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

All the best, Boonie