Painting with Light in and Around Loreto

Deborah-Scanlon-Painting-with-Light-Loreto-3The storms from last week presented some unique lighting in and around Loreto. It’s really a visual delight to experience sunrise, sunset, and storms in Loreto.

October is such a transitionary time of year. Too early and it’s baking and humid. The summer storms may have populated the town with bugs and mosquitoes form the standing water, but this quickly fades to the perfect desert weather come mid October. The puddles disappear and the temperature cooperates at an ideal.

Many people return to Loreto in mid October and plan to spend their winter there (I wish I should be so lucky). Morning light beckons all one’s artistic instincts! Find a palette, any palette, even if it’s just soaking in the visual delight with one’s eyes in a moment. Be present and appreciative. It’s a WOW!

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Lolita in morning clouds.

For divers, the window of warm water and ideal visibility, I’m told, is the first week in October. It should be prime. This year, the late rains created less than ideal conditions, but the divers in our group were still quite happy. We ventured up to San Nicholas for a birthday celebration and some spectacular diving at Isla San Ildelfenso just 7 miles across the sea.

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The water and visibility were as good as any spectacular day around Carmen or Coronado. Not being a diver, I was beckoned by the Caribbean-like water to at least snorkel. My long time friend and local fisherman Pancho Alvarez jumped in with trousers and delight to escort me around the lush blue surroundings teaming with sea life. He said he didn’t need flippers because his feet were “so big”. Can you imagine spending your entire life on the sea making a meager living (by many standards) and then being a passionate wayfarer in this azure heaven we name the Sea of Cortez? I think Pancho is very clear about what he values. I am honored to be considered his friend. I always learn from him.

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We enjoyed being on the water and fishing for lunch as much as the divers enjoyed being under the water exploring. It seemed a match made in heaven for everyone. Even our local skipper was content to fish with a hand line and share stories with this new found friend bringing news from Loreto. I asked Pancho the last time he had been 50 miles north…it was 10 years or so. I couldn’t help but take in how special this day was. Just a day among friends from very different worlds to celebrate a birthday. The gift of friendship is what we all had to offer. Nothing more.

(photo by Kristin Hawkins)
(photo by Kristin Hawkins)

We toured around San Ildefenso and discovered the colony of Blue Footed Boobies, brown ones too, a few Osprey, and certainly some west side dive spots that will be forever etched in our brains. We marveled at the spectacular water color and clarity and were in awe of nature. There’s no doubt we share a deep spiritual connection but without the need to agree on what to call it. It’s just Life with a capital “L”.

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Blue Footed Boobies

We laughed and joked on the hour ride home and photographed a “Baja Buffalo” for our missing friend Roy, who recently embelished stories of Bison visits in the Yellowstone wilderness.   How I would love to share Yellowstone with the passionate defenders of the Loreto National Marine Park.  I am convinced [people like Fernando Arcas and Raphael Murillo are Mexican versions of John Muir.

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Baja Buffalo

We arrived back to Loreto, said our goodbyes, and knew being a country apart did nothing to diminish our cherished time in Loreto and our ties. Isn’t that some of the magic of Loreto? You don’t have to define it. It’s just a feeling of belonging and a feeling of making a difference.

We spent our last days in our familiar surroundings, but somehow appreciating them even more! I know that when I focus the lens and really pay attention, there is always another perspetive….another way of seeing things….another way of appreciating a nuance I’ve never observed before. Loreto makes me look with eyes and heart wide open. Loreto sharpens our senses and reminds me that no day is the same and nothing is to be taken for granted. Things change. Visions change. Economies fluctuate. Companies come and go. But connection to self, Spirit, and others is eternal. All we can do is walk authentically, receive the blessings, and be a blessing in someone’s life. Loreto is a place. Just a place. But for many of us….a place that awakens our very soul.

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A special thanks to new friends Lucy Ramos and Dewain and Julie Wooten for their kindness and help this trip.

Deborah Scanlon
deborah@casaloretobay.com

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  • Jane Lurie

    Beautifully written Deborah.
    Thanks,
    Jane and Sharon

  • Jane Lurie

    Beautifully written Deborah.
    Thanks,
    Jane and Sharon

  • Cathy Getman

    Deborah, not only beautiful photos, but a heartfelt and wonderful commentary on why we all love Loreto and are willing to go to such lengths to spend time there. Thank you so much for putting our feelings into words and pictures. Hope all is well with you and that we’ll share time in Loreto someday soon.

    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Deborah, not only beautiful photos, but a heartfelt and wonderful commentary on why we all love Loreto and are willing to go to such lengths to spend time there. Thank you so much for putting our feelings into words and pictures. Hope all is well with you and that we’ll share time in Loreto someday soon.

    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    Deborah, not only beautiful photos, but a heartfelt and wonderful commentary on why we all love Loreto and are willing to go to such lengths to spend time there. Thank you so much for putting our feelings into words and pictures. Hope all is well with you and that we’ll share time in Loreto someday soon.

    Cathy

    • Deborah Scanlon

      Gracias Amiga!

  • Stunning. An amazing collection of imagery supported by great copy. Truly makes one feel we are ther with you every step of the way. Can't wait to enjoy Loreto for Thanksgiving.

  • Stunning. An amazing collection of imagery supported by great copy. Truly makes one feel we are ther with you every step of the way. Can't wait to enjoy Loreto for Thanksgiving.

    • David, thanks for your kind words. I would love to be in your shoes as a professional! Let's connect here in LA too! Maybe when you return from Loreto? There's a few shots that didn't post of the island, but I think Loni and Clint with get them up shortly….it's a great spot to adventure to for a day trip from Loreto. Saludos!!

      • Excellent, we shall connect sometime in L.A.

        50 miles north sounds like quite an adventure. I'm now filled with such curiosity to explore a bit further by your interesting post.

        Yes, the photo of the blue footed boobies is a gem.

        Cheers

      • Excellent, we shall connect sometime in L.A.

        50 miles north sounds like quite an adventure. I'm now filled with such curiosity to explore a bit further by your interesting post.

        Yes, the photo of the blue footed boobies is a gem.

        Cheers

    • David, thanks for your kind words. I would love to be in your shoes as a professional! Let's connect here in LA too! Maybe when you return from Loreto? There's a few shots that didn't post of the island, but I think Loni and Clint with get them up shortly….it's a great spot to adventure to for a day trip from Loreto. Saludos!!

  • Stunning. An amazing collection of imagery supported by great copy. Truly makes one feel we are ther with you every step of the way. Can't wait to enjoy Loreto for Thanksgiving.

    • Deborah Scanlon

      David, thanks for your kind words. I would love to be in your shoes as a professional! Let's connect here in LA too! Maybe when you return from Loreto? There's a few shots that didn't post of the island, but I think Loni and Clint with get them up shortly….it's a great spot to adventure to for a day trip from Loreto. Saludos!!

      • Excellent, we shall connect sometime in L.A.

        50 miles north sounds like quite an adventure. I'm now filled with such curiosity to explore a bit further by your interesting post.

        Yes, the photo of the blue footed boobies is a gem.

        Cheers

  • Loni, Clint,
    You guys rock! I want to grow up to be a techno wiz just like you guys! Thanks for posting the missing pictures.

  • Loni, Clint,
    You guys rock! I want to grow up to be a techno wiz just like you guys! Thanks for posting the missing pictures.

  • Rob

    Have you ever thought about an Art Show like Jeff did? You certainly have unique pics to showcase.

  • Rob

    Have you ever thought about an Art Show like Jeff did? You certainly have unique pics to showcase.

  • Rob

    Have you ever thought about an Art Show like Jeff did? You certainly have unique pics to showcase.

  • Davin Lundy

    Great pictures and story Deborah! What you wrote about snorkeling with Pancho Alvarez reminded me of a story a friend emailed me a few months ago which makes you think a bit about cultural values. Spending time in Loreto can get you to re-evaluate the things in life that are truly important,

  • Davin Lundy

    Great pictures and story Deborah! What you wrote about snorkeling with Pancho Alvarez reminded me of a story a friend emailed me a few months ago which makes you think a bit about cultural values. Spending time in Loreto can get you to re-evaluate the things in life that are truly important,

  • Davin Lundy

    Great pictures and story Deborah! What you wrote about snorkeling with Pancho Alvarez reminded me of a story a friend emailed me a few months ago which makes you think a bit about cultural values. Spending time in Loreto can get you to re-evaluate the things in life that are truly important,

  • Davin Lundy

    The American Tourist & Mexican Fisherman: An American businessman stood at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yellowish tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of the fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."
    The American then asked, "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" The fisherman answered, "I have enough to support my family's needs." The businessman then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman answered, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta (little nap after lunch) with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

  • Davin Lundy

    The American Tourist & Mexican Fisherman: An American businessman stood at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yellowish tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of the fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."
    The American then asked, "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" The fisherman answered, "I have enough to support my family's needs." The businessman then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman answered, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta (little nap after lunch) with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

  • Davin Lundy

    The American Tourist & Mexican Fisherman: An American businessman stood at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the boat were several large yellowish tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of the fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."
    The American then asked, "Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" The fisherman answered, "I have enough to support my family's needs." The businessman then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman answered, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta (little nap after lunch) with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

  • Davin Lundy

    The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard M.B.A. and I can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the income buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, and eventually you would own a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you could sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A., and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise." The fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?" The American replied, "Fifteen to twenty years." "But what then, senor?"

  • Davin Lundy

    The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard M.B.A. and I can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the income buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, and eventually you would own a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you could sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A., and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise." The fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?" The American replied, "Fifteen to twenty years." "But what then, senor?"

  • Davin Lundy

    The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard M.B.A. and I can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the income buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, and eventually you would own a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you could sell directly to the processor and eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then L.A., and eventually New York City where you will run your expanding enterprise." The fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?" The American replied, "Fifteen to twenty years." "But what then, senor?"

  • Davin Lundy

    The American laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell you company stock to the public and become very rich – you will make millions." "Millions, senior? Then what?" "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

  • Davin Lundy

    The American laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell you company stock to the public and become very rich – you will make millions." "Millions, senior? Then what?" "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

  • Davin Lundy

    The American laughed and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell you company stock to the public and become very rich – you will make millions." "Millions, senior? Then what?" "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

  • Kimberly Hawkins

    Deborah,
    What an absolutely lovely and moving depiction of the natural beauty of this place, and the special connection you share with both the wildlife you so deftly photograph and the people, your dear Mexican friends. It is you who remind me of John Muir in the way you describe the impact all this has on the soul. Thank you so much for the pictures and words- I felt like I was there again!
    Kim

  • Kimberly Hawkins

    Deborah,
    What an absolutely lovely and moving depiction of the natural beauty of this place, and the special connection you share with both the wildlife you so deftly photograph and the people, your dear Mexican friends. It is you who remind me of John Muir in the way you describe the impact all this has on the soul. Thank you so much for the pictures and words- I felt like I was there again!
    Kim

  • Kimberly Hawkins

    Deborah,
    What an absolutely lovely and moving depiction of the natural beauty of this place, and the special connection you share with both the wildlife you so deftly photograph and the people, your dear Mexican friends. It is you who remind me of John Muir in the way you describe the impact all this has on the soul. Thank you so much for the pictures and words- I felt like I was there again!
    Kim

  • Pat

    Deborah, your prose is as artistic as your photos! The boobies are simply beautiful.

  • Pat

    Deborah, your prose is as artistic as your photos! The boobies are simply beautiful.

  • Pat

    Deborah, your prose is as artistic as your photos! The boobies are simply beautiful.

  • Deborah, These are fantastic photos! Wow. I think our 2011 Loreto Calendar is already off to a great start. Love your adventure travels. I still remember your article earlier this year on Tabor Canyon which inspired many to go hiking in Loreto.

    Best,
    Loni

    • Thanks Loni. Indeed I wanted to get some 2011 possibilities. Wait until you see Rafa's underwater shots….fantastico! I'll be working on that perfect whale tale in February as well. Did you know that there are killer whales in the Sea of Cortez? Perhaps I'll do an article on all the whales just off Loreto. We don't even need to go to the Pacific side!! Take care and thanks for the kind words.

    • Thanks Loni. Indeed I wanted to get some 2011 possibilities. Wait until you see Rafa's underwater shots….fantastico! I'll be working on that perfect whale tale in February as well. Did you know that there are killer whales in the Sea of Cortez? Perhaps I'll do an article on all the whales just off Loreto. We don't even need to go to the Pacific side!! Take care and thanks for the kind words.

  • Deborah, These are fantastic photos! Wow. I think our 2011 Loreto Calendar is already off to a great start. Love your adventure travels. I still remember your article earlier this year on Tabor Canyon which inspired many to go hiking in Loreto.

    Best,
    Loni

    • Deborah Scanlon

      Thanks Loni. Indeed I wanted to get some 2011 possibilities. Wait until you see Rafa's underwater shots….fantastico! I'll be working on that perfect whale tale in February as well. Did you know that there are killer whales in the Sea of Cortez? Perhaps I'll do an article on all the whales just off Loreto. We don't even need to go to the Pacific side!! Take care and thanks for the kind words.

  • Thanks Deborah! I'm forwarding to my niece and new nephew who will be down for their Honeymoon next week. I like to give them some colorful photos of paradise before they leave snowy Minnesota!
    Laurie

  • Thanks Deborah! I'm forwarding to my niece and new nephew who will be down for their Honeymoon next week. I like to give them some colorful photos of paradise before they leave snowy Minnesota!
    Laurie

  • Deborah Scanlon

    Loni, Clint,
    You guys rock! I want to grow up to be a techno wiz just like you guys! Thanks for posting the missing pictures.

  • Marsha Jackson

    Thanks Deborah, we are heading down the end of October for our COA. Your beautiful photos and you commentary remind us why we have ridden this bumpy roller coaster…We LOVE Loreto and all of the great friends that we have made that help make up this great community…Jane has a new word for these frends that have become family, Framily..(Friends and Family). Hope to see you soon in Loreto…Ditto, Pat, love the birds with the blue feet…Marsha

  • Marsha Jackson

    Thanks Deborah, we are heading down the end of October for our COA. Your beautiful photos and you commentary remind us why we have ridden this bumpy roller coaster…We LOVE Loreto and all of the great friends that we have made that help make up this great community…Jane has a new word for these frends that have become family, Framily..(Friends and Family). Hope to see you soon in Loreto…Ditto, Pat, love the birds with the blue feet…Marsha

  • Marsha Jackson

    Thanks Deborah, we are heading down the end of October for our COA. Your beautiful photos and you commentary remind us why we have ridden this bumpy roller coaster…We LOVE Loreto and all of the great friends that we have made that help make up this great community…Jane has a new word for these frends that have become family, Framily..(Friends and Family). Hope to see you soon in Loreto…Ditto, Pat, love the birds with the blue feet…Marsha

  • Laurie

    Thanks Deborah! I'm forwarding to my niece and new nephew who will be down for their Honeymoon next week. I like to give them some colorful photos of paradise before they leave snowy Minnesota!
    Laurie

  • Al Graichen

    Great photos. My daughter just can't wait for her trip down in December and a dive with the Whale Sharks off the coast as well as the sea lions and abundant other sea life. She's not seen a Blue Footed Booby since her dive trip to the Galapagos.

  • Al Graichen

    Great photos. My daughter just can't wait for her trip down in December and a dive with the Whale Sharks off the coast as well as the sea lions and abundant other sea life. She's not seen a Blue Footed Booby since her dive trip to the Galapagos.

  • Al Graichen

    Great photos. My daughter just can't wait for her trip down in December and a dive with the Whale Sharks off the coast as well as the sea lions and abundant other sea life. She's not seen a Blue Footed Booby since her dive trip to the Galapagos.

  • Deborah,

    Wow. That was a beautiful article from start to finish. An amazing talent indeed!

  • Deborah,

    Wow. That was a beautiful article from start to finish. An amazing talent indeed!

  • Deborah,

    Wow. That was a beautiful article from start to finish. An amazing talent indeed!