Photographer's Note

An extraordinary day sailing on a Turkish gulet in Mexico's Sea of Cortez.

I went ashore at this uninhabited spot and was dazzled by the colours. The island is Isla Partida, part of Isla Espiritu Santo. Specifically, the beach is known as Ensenada Grande.

To land here is to enter a world of chromatic contrasts: firstly, the Sea of Cortez is so turquoise it's like swimming in a bottle of Curaçao.

The sand on the beach is pure white and I was surrounded by clouds of yellow butterflies. The surrounding rocks have a deep, nail varnish-pink colour.

I climbed up a steep mountain to take this picture. At the mountain top, there were 300-year old boojum trees, looking like uprooted turnip.

It was a magnificent day's discovery.

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