Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm back in San Carlos, just after a grazing by Tropical Storm Henriette. we got some wind, much rain, and very little damage.

I recently got a request for more desert photos, so i am dedicating this post to the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Those among you who are more interested in the marine stuff, skip this one but don't give up on me. Soon I will begin construction on the new amas (outriggers)for the Manatee.

San Carlos is in the southern Sonoran desert, in a region of the desert known as the Central Gulf Coast region. Rains here come mostly in the summer. The winter rains which are fairly reliable in the north, particularly around Tucson, Arizona, may not fall here for several years. Despite this, the desert is surprisingly shrubby.

Surprising too, is how dry it can be a few feet from the sea. All that moisture, and it hardly falls on land. This is typical of deserts found in the "Horse Latitudes". The horse latitudes (roughly 30 degrees, north and south of the equator)are a region of descending air, which as it falls, warms and dries. The result is very stable air, with few clouds, little wind, and very little precipitation. And the ability to tie your boat to a cactus.

Much of the Sonoran Desert is in the Basin and Range Province of southwestern North America. Small ranges of moderate to low volcanic mountains rise through a flat basin of volcanic dust and ash. San Carlos is on the seaward edge of the Sierra el Aguaje, a mountain range split with canyons and pushed right up to the sea. The canyons are shady and often have water seeping in from the surrounding porous rock. As a result these canyons often harbour a variety of tropical deciduous forest species, normally found hundreds of kilometres to the south. On the slopes are more typical desert species, such as cacti and agave plants.

Even talk. The pictures were chosen to show the variety of landforms and vegetation. I hope you enjoy them.



  1. Anonymous11:13 a.m.

    Thanks for another post. I look forward to them. In my younger days I spent many vacations hiking in Ontario north of lake Superior, so I know what you are talking about. I wish I had a cabin up there. How about posting some pictures of your place in Ontario?
    -Al, lighthouse reef, April 07

  2. Anonymous4:44 p.m.

    It was wonderful, as always, to visit with both you and Lorena in Northeastern Ontario. Your post, however, makes us miss Nacapule Canyon and the Posada terribly and long for retirement which will not come for many more years.

    Take care, and keep blogging, Jack!!

  3. Anonymous7:52 p.m.

    There you are Jack, I've found your blog. As I'm leafing through I find this post on your place in Northern Ontario. I love the way you write about it. Your words and thoughts truly capture my love of the north. You have completely captured my reasoning to spend my life here. Thank you.
    I so enjoyed my time with you and Lorena in Belize and consider myself blessed to have met the two of you. I look forward to seeing you this summer.