Driving south of Baja California’s Highway 1, about 400 miles from the border, is an incredible rock garden with endemic vegetation seen nowhere else in the world.
Cataviña, a remote outpost at 1,841 ft (561 m), makes an excellent basecamp to explore the Parque Natural del Desierto with its nearby cave paintings, giant fields of granite boulders, palm-lined arroyos, and remote mission sites.
This composite image features two unique members of the Sonoran Desert vegetation family—
The Giant Cardon is found exclusively in the Mexican States of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora. It’s the tallest Cactus in the world, the record holder topping off at over 60 feet.
The Cirio, or commonly know as a Boojum, is a crazy cactus that often resembles an upside-down carrot.
Images captured in 1983 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 80-200mm zoom
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