Isla Rasa and Boojum Forest, Baja California

Mar 29, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Today we experienced the best of Baja California from sunup to sundown. At sunrise we explored the bird island of Isla Rasa. The sights and sounds of the elegant terns and Heerman’s gulls overwhelmed our senses. We enjoyed lunch on deck with a sighting of a lone sperm whale. For sunset, we ventured inland from the small fishing town of Bahia de Los Angeles to walk among the legendary boojum trees, capped off by moonrise through the clear desert sky. Photographers lingered to capture the moment as we made time exposures painting the most fanciful boojum tree of all with torches.

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Ralph Lee Hopkins

National Geographic Photographer

National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is the founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has lead expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.

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Dexter Sear

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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