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This panoramic photograph of the Bahía de Banderas was made from six images shot at 30 degree intervals with an 18mm lens in landscape mode using a tripod with a nodal pano head. The images were stitched using PTGui. This photo is cropped so it's not as wide as the original panorama which is 180 degrees. Please click here to view the full-sized version of this image.

The Bahía de Banderas (Bay of Flags) is a beautiful bay on the west coast of Mexico defined on the north by Punta Mita and the south by Cabo Corrientes and enclosed by the Sierra Madre mountains. My vantage point for this photo was a penthouse terrace in Punta Esmeralda (a fairly new residential development) just north of Bucerias. South of Bucerias one can see the hotels of Nuevo Vallarta and further south one can just barely make out the sprawling metropolis of Puerto Vallarta. These warm waters are important breeding and birthing grounds for Humpback whales. There are no sharks in these waters because (it is said) the entrance to the bay is constantly patrolled by bottle-nosed dolphins.

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