Up High In Mexico

John Durant Photographer

                               Tecate Peak, Southwest Slope, Baja California

Fifty miles from my photo studio is the Tecate border crossing. To get there, take California 94 away from downtown San Diego – away from the absurdly expensive California lifestyle you’ve heard so much about, away from freeways, hipsters, beach bars and all the other landmarks you’ve ended up taking for granted. The road gains elevation most of the way and the view goes from suburban to cow-town in under an hour. The border crossing is endearingly low-tech and the town of Tecate sits in a dusty bowl surrounded by rock-strewn granite peaks. There are no time-share hustlers or dance clubs – this is a serious Mexican town, waking up and going to work every day.

On November 18th I arrived at the southern slope of Tecate Peak on the Mexican side. In my pack were two cameras and five lenses, along with my faithful but heavy Manfrotto tripod. The hike starts at 2500 feet with an immediate elevation gain of a couple thousand feet – straight up. A fast-moving fall storm was clearing out as I arrived at 4:30PM with just enough time to work with the last of the autumn light. I’ve been shooting in this rock garden for years but every time I make the hike it’s new, different and wonderful. Down at the bottom of the hill they’ll tell you: don’t go – it’s dangerous up there. But it’s home to me in so many ways.

About John Durant

Professional photographer in California
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2 Responses to Up High In Mexico

  1. in other words…perfect!

  2. die Reinemachefrau says:

    Breathtaking. I can hear the wind blowing through the chaparral…

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