Today started with grey skies and no sun. Waves were crashing all night as another decent surf swell arrived with perhaps double overhead waves. Cloudy skies are no big deal. Usually this clears by noon.
It’s 12:20 pm now and it has been raining for about 20 minutes. Slow and steady, more than a drizzle but much less than a downpour. Puddles are beginning to form in the sandy dirt. It’s chilly and humid without the sun. Visibility is a few hundred meters and there really isn’t any wind.
Maybe the surfers are still in the water enjoying the swell.
It’s now 3:17 pm…the rain finally stopped at about 3 pm. The sun is peeking out. It’s more quiet than normal, the result of less outside work being done in the rain. The dust has been washed off the plants and roads for a while at least. All the colors seem richer. The skies are still more cloudy than not so it’s possible we will have more rain today.
You may be aware of the “Aqua Vale Mas Que Oro” (Water Has More Value Than Gold) campaign that is being waged against a proposed open pit gold mine in the Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere. The mine would be a Canadian-Mexican joint venture and has raised concerns among many about the effect on both our water supply and fragile ecology, including whale and turtle habitats.
I just ran across a very interesting, seemingly factual article on the current situation. You can read it at the link below:
Paredones Amarillos Gold Mine
Just a day or so late but I hope everyone had a safe holiday weekend. I know many of you are dealing with snow and cold weather but here in Todos Santos Baja, it’s clear sunny skies and moderate temps. 60s at night and high 70s to low 80s during the day.
Todos Santos doesn’t seem as busy for the holidays as usual but I guess that’s to be expected with the current world financial situation. The visitors that are here are having a great time.
The Wall Street Journal published a very interesting article about Mexico and drug trafficking yesterday. It’s certainly worth a read:
Todos Santos has just made National Geographic Traveler’s short list of the best warm weather winter escape destinations. They even quoted Jill Logan.
You can read all about it here:
The Real Thing: Todos Santos, Mexico
Not much more to say – enjoy the photos!
Beautiful Bob Bottom Turning!
These photos should speak for themselves…enjoy!
Mario and the Wall of White Water
Mike Balsh - Very Serious Bottom Turn
December 11 turned out to be a great surfing day. Skies were clear and the swell was still pumping although a bit less savage than the day before. The water was close to glassy at times. There were a LOT of bodies in the water and the expected frustrations did ensue. So it goes…
These 4 shots are of my friend Robert Quirk whose son Justin Quirk is a pro level surfer. Robert isn’t so bad either.
Dec 10 - Robert Quirk - Double Overhead Drop
Dec 10 - Robert Quirk - Styling
Dec 11 - Robert Quirk
Dec 11 - Robert Quirk
You can easily see the difference in the light and color on the two days. For those who care on Dec 11 I used the same Canon 5d MkII and 300 f2.8 lens but shot mostly with the 2x tele-extender although for a while I tried stacking the 1.4x and 2x. Needless to say, focusing was slower and less accurate with the 2x and with the stacked set and image clarity also suffered. More than good enough for the web though.
The monster swell that brought 40 foot waves to the north shore of Hawaii arrived in Todos Santos today. At least one set was triple overhead, nearly 20 foot faces! Not too many bodies were in the water, but they all stayed in the same area. Some great surfing to watch and more coming tomorrow. I can hear the waves pounding as I write this.
Here’s a taste of eye candy. There was a lot of spray in the air making the photos less contrasty and a bit hazy at times. I was shooting (for those who care) with a Canon 5d MII (not really a sports camera), 1.4x tele-extender and 300mm f2.8 (non IS) lens. My aluminum tripod was thoroughly (c)rusted from last season even though I stored it inside the house and I could only extend it 3 feet. Later in the day, it took 1/2 hour, many tools and lots of WD40 to get it working properly again. I’ll be out again in the morning tomorrow for more photos.
Big Surf in Todos Santos Baja, December 10, 2009
More December 10 Surf
The Scene on The Beach
Koy Coffman, December 10, 2009
Hi All! Yes, I know, I have been seriously missing in action. Where did November go? I could list endless reasons and excuses but none of them change the fact that I haven’t posted ANYTHING in many weeks. But watch out, I’m back.
Top order of business is the new December edition of El Calendario de Todos Santos. I just now finished posting it to the web so you can view it at www.elcalendariodetodossantos.com – just click on the cover icon. The latest editions are towards the bottom of the cover list.
This month’s artist is Melissa Chandon, a new artist in town who will be exhibiting at Jill Logan’s gallery. Melissa hails from Davis, Ca., and I think you’ll like her unique view of the world. Here’s the cover:
This month’s print edition should be on the streets by tomorrow, December 11. We are using a new, very professional printer in Ciudad Juarez and they seem to be able to deliver the issue faster than our previous printer.