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The Giant Elephant Rock


Sarah Bernstein, Expedition Guide, Safari Endeavour

Spring in the desert islands of the Sea of Cortés is a beautiful sight. This changing of the season was ever apparent as we pulled up to the white sandy beaches of Montserrat Island.

Here the crystal clear waters reflected the cobalt blue sky and the distinct sent of floral flowers filled mixed wonderfully with the sea breeze sent in the air. As groups of explorers from the Safari Endeavour wandered through this dessert oasis they were greeted by the beautiful pink, purple and yellow flowers of the blossoming cactus and dessert plants. The beautiful (nearly endemic) Adam’s Tree boomed across the island with its bright red blossoms.

Flowers blooming in Mexico

Across the water, Isla Catalina was booming in her own spring fever.

This island is one of the only islands in the Sea of Cortés that is mostly comprised of granite. The cove we visited is famously known for the elephant shaped granite rock.

Elephant Rock Mexico

In addition to the islands amusing geology, it’s covered in giant barrel cactus as well as some of the largest caldron cactus I had ever seen. The caldron cactus was covered in blossoming buds as were the barrel cactus.

Cactus Field Mexico

It felt as if we were walking in a Dr. Seuss book filled with spiky green giants. Birds chirping and flowers booming – spring in the Sea of Cortés is a magical time.

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