Cactus Courier
Newsletter of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose

Ted Kipping - Island Hopping In The Sea Of Cortez - the Gulf Of Baja California

An avid plant and wildlife enthusiast and a Certified Arborist, Ted Kipping studied Natural History at Columbia University, New York and worked at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park before starting his own "Tree Shaper" business. He is constantly expanding his knowledge of rare plants and ecosystems by exploring unique locales with his camera.

The Gulf of Baja California is often called the Sea Of Cortez or, more poetically, the Vermillion Sea, for its vivid desert sunsets. It is a deep water branch of the ocean and home of Blue Whales, the largest creature on the planet with a backbone, and the Whale Shark, largest fish on the planet. In addition, there are many islands which have been cut off from each other and the mainland, since the sea rose at the end of the last Ice Age. Thousands of years of isolation have allowed the creatures living on these islands to differentiate genetically resulting in many island endemics. These islands are thus sometimes called the "Galapagos of the North." Come join us as we visit a series of the southernmost ones - a visual feast!

Cactus:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Ferocactus or Mammilaria
Succulents:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
Dudleya of Baja
Something Special:         Open • Advanced • Novice  
New Acquisitions (or your choice)
Beginners' Luck:         Novice Only  
What's in Bloom?

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