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Dusk to Dawn on the Sea of Cortez

Updated on August 3, 2015
The evening at anchor in Turtle Bay - Pacific Coast of Baja  (Not exactly in the Sea, but a shot I couldn't leave out
The evening at anchor in Turtle Bay - Pacific Coast of Baja (Not exactly in the Sea, but a shot I couldn't leave out


Dusk and dawn are the transitory periods that punctuate a sailor’s life.

Night arises with the setting sun, and day takes hold with subsiding night, as we move along our course.

Dusk at Candalero Cove - Isla Espiritu Santo - Sea of Cortez
Dusk at Candalero Cove - Isla Espiritu Santo - Sea of Cortez
Sunset from Isla San Jose, Amortajada Lagoon - Sea of Cortez
Sunset from Isla San Jose, Amortajada Lagoon - Sea of Cortez


Calm seas, soft breeze… we sail easily on our track, a patient test of time. The purple rolling plain we ply reaches toward shades of deepening blue and grey, soft white clouds cast shadows against a disappearing sky of gold and violet shards of light.

Sunset at Islas Los Coronados - North of Loreto, MX - Sea of Cortez
Sunset at Islas Los Coronados - North of Loreto, MX - Sea of Cortez
The sun sets on Mushroom Rock - Balandra Bay - La Paz - Sea of Cortez
The sun sets on Mushroom Rock - Balandra Bay - La Paz - Sea of Cortez

 

Tranquility reigns in this domain as we slip into night, the moon, the sea, the wind in control, but harnessed by our sails, our ship sighs at the top of every rolling crest and pushes out wings of gossamer foam like contrail clouds trailing on the water.

Sunset from Balandra Bay - La Paz, MX - Sea of Cortez
Sunset from Balandra Bay - La Paz, MX - Sea of Cortez
Anchor lights drawing on the night sky at Bahia Santa Maria - Pacific Coast of Baja
Anchor lights drawing on the night sky at Bahia Santa Maria - Pacific Coast of Baja


White clouds hang in the sky, suspended by the stars, and then grow dark within the the glow of a silver moon, casting an iridescent glow upon the sea and coloring the night.

The evening glow at Marina Mazatlan - Sabalo Estuary - Mazatlan, MX
The evening glow at Marina Mazatlan - Sabalo Estuary - Mazatlan, MX
Evening descends after a storm at Marina Mazatlan - Earlier that day the wind blew 80 knots with sheets of rain you could hardly see through.
Evening descends after a storm at Marina Mazatlan - Earlier that day the wind blew 80 knots with sheets of rain you could hardly see through.

 

The Dipper hangs on a cloud off our port quarter, its handle pointing to the horizon and our destination.

Venus shines in the western sky on our starboard beam…. Our ship is but another point of light on this rolling globe of sparkling ebony.

We move slowly toward the promise of the rising day, invisible on the vastness of the dark glistening sea.

Dawn ascending at Marina Mazatlan - Pacific Coast of Mexico
Dawn ascending at Marina Mazatlan - Pacific Coast of Mexico
The morning departure from Turtle Bay - Baja Ha Ha 2006
The morning departure from Turtle Bay - Baja Ha Ha 2006

 

The edges of the world reflect the change at first, and then an orange and golden dawn backlights the jagged purple coast that rises from the sea.

Sunrise on an oily sea, eighty miles out, halfway between Muertos Bay and Mazatlan - Sea of Cortez
Sunrise on an oily sea, eighty miles out, halfway between Muertos Bay and Mazatlan - Sea of Cortez
Sunrise over Cabo Falso - Baja Sur - Entering the Sea of Cortez at Cabo San Lucas
Sunrise over Cabo Falso - Baja Sur - Entering the Sea of Cortez at Cabo San Lucas

 

Clouds change from wispy white to hardened shades of grey upon the brightening pink and blue of day, and morning’s haze is burned away as the sun replaces moon.

Dawn at Los Burros - the Bay of Conception - Sea of Cortez
Dawn at Los Burros - the Bay of Conception - Sea of Cortez
The morning veggie market - Marina Mazatlan - Pacific Coast of Mexico
The morning veggie market - Marina Mazatlan - Pacific Coast of Mexico

 

A point of land is off our port bow in the distance as the morning breeze picks up and drives us toward the other world of land and man.

The morning calm at Marina Costa Baja - La Paz, Mexico
The morning calm at Marina Costa Baja - La Paz, Mexico

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      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      Lovely photos

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      Martha Castillo 

      8 years ago from San Diego CA

      Beatuful scenic pictures.

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      James J Mills 

      8 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all...... I have taken SO MANY pictures during my sailing and the Sea of Cortez offers such a variety of scenary that I will surely do more pictorials. JM

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      Ladybird33 

      8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Amazing pictures. Gosh, I loved this journey, thank you for sharing it to us all!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This was simply magnificent JM. I can almost taste you pics! I wish I could have experienced your journey--I feel as if I already had. Thanks so much for posting this. I really enjoyed reading and taking in the scenery.

      Dohn

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      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      James....VERY beautiful and LOVE the pics......I will imagine being out at sea tonight before I close my eyes.....will look at these pics before I do....there is something so "free and relaxing" about the sound of ocean waves.......I plan on going sailing this Spring.......Thank you for this glimpse of "heaven." G

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