Isla Angel de la Guarda & Bahia de los Angeles

Mar 26, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Isla Angel de la Guarda offered a stunning geologic kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Rains have been good this past winter and the drainages leading up to the rust, ochre, and olive-hued hills were liberally sprinkled with desert flowers.  Passionflower was in full bloom and lynx spiders were lurking about the blossoms ready to grab a pollinator as an easy meal. The flower fiesta continued when we anchored at Bahia de los Angeles and focused our attentions towards the peninsula and the boojum forest. We entered the mystical, magical forest of contorted plants that seem to have sprouted from a fertile imagination. Desert sand verbena carpeted the desert in vibrant purple hues, brittlebush dotted the landscape in brilliant yellows and cholla cactus kept us busy dancing between the desert shrubs. We returned to the National Geographic Sea Bird at sunset, confident that the boojum trees were shortly going to shake out their thorny skirts and dance in the moonlight of the quarter moon. 

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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Steve Ewing

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Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Steve fell in love with the beauty of the natural world at an early age. In addition to nature, his other main passion was telling stories though the medium of television and radio. Steve studied broadcast journalism at the University of Oregon. There, he learned how to shoot, edit, and report compelling stories using digital video.

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