Land’s End, Gorda Banks, and San José del Cabo

Feb 06, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Right from the get-go this morning it was nonstop action and incredible sights. We woke up to a beautiful sunrise near Land’s End—the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula—with dolphins riding on our bow and humpbacks swimming all around us. After a delicious breakfast of chilaquiles, we spent even more time with curious and active humpbacks before making our way towards San José del Cabo. In town, some of the group went to a nearby estuary to bird-watch while others went into the main city to explore or for a photo walk. We enjoyed all the paletas (local popsicles) our hearts desired before reboarding the ship and starting our journey north towards Los Frailes, ending the evening with a colorful sunset.

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Gemina Garland-Lewis

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Gemina Garland-Lewis is a Seattle-based photographer, EcoHealth researcher, and National Geographic Explorer with experience in 30 countries across six continents. She first picked up a camera when she was 12 years old and proceeded to spend the better part of high school in the darkroom in her hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both her photography and research explore the myriad connections between humans, animals, and their shared environments.  She is passionate about integrating the worlds of visual storytelling and research to develop new ways of communicating social and environmental issues to broader audiences and building unique platforms for education and outreach. She is a past recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, during which she spent a year of travel in seven countries focusing on different cultural relationships with whales and whaling. She has worked as a trip leader and photography teacher for National Geographic Student Expeditions since 2010, leading in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Tanzania, and Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Her photography and writing have been featured by National Geographic News, National Geographic Adventure, and REI, among others.

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