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Mexico: The Sierra Madre Occidentál

November 19, 2010

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I went into the northern Sierra in Chihuahua State, looking for Thick-billed parrots, hardly realizing that this delightful wilderness would soon become Ground Zero of the drug wars.

This remote wilderness, home to communal ejidos, old-growth piñon forest, desperadoes and a host of other strange goings-on, can be reached in a day drive from the now benighted town of Ciudad Juarez.

1) My friend Ben and our truck south of Juarez in the Sonora Desert

We spent a night in the state capital, Chihuahua, and headed west.

1) Leaving Chihuahua town

The people in the Sierra were wary of strangers but friendly once they get talking.

3) A man proudly holds his little boy to be photographed at a roadside stand

Poor dirt roads climbed steadily into the forest, which surprisingly resembles its temperate cousins to the north.

4) Birch trees


5) Thick-billed parrot nesting site

6) Homesteads in the Sierra

7) Looking out from the interior of a rough cabin

At the end of the trip we retreated from the mountain fastness in a different direction, coming down into a much drier area and made our way back north.  The difference was stunning.  Who knew that northern Mexico contained so much geographical variety of landscapes?

8) Another world altogether



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  1. December 17, 2010 9:07 am

    great post, thanks for sharing

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