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By Peter J. Marchand

hardly ever visited by way of outsiders, the ranchers of Sierra de l. a. Giganta in Baja California Sur dwell a lot as their ancestors have for the previous centuries. They bring up goats and livestock and develop a powerful number of culmination, greens, and plants in a single of the driest locations at the continent. the lads, ladies, and kids depicted during this ebook have by no means identified the luxurious of municipal water or electrical energy on their ranches. but, as Marchand’s photos exhibit, they're remarkably self-sufficient of their use of applied sciences that may be thought of archaic via so much criteria at the present time. a few ranches now have sun panels, turbines, a gentle bulb or , a radio or television, and, so much lately, a cellphone charger. yet water is provided both through gravity or a gasoline-powered pump (though windmills nonetheless flip at a few ranches), cooking is mostly by way of wooden fireplace, machaca is floor on a stone metate or pounded on a stump, and low is flooring in a hand-cranked mill. Plowing continues to be performed quite often with mules, and planting, harvesting, and milking are all performed by means of hand.

In this booklet a talented photojournalist introduces us to person ranchers and their households and describes their conventional practices as they circulation into the twenty-first century. Marchand’s pictures and textual content are either informative and intimate. His advent to this little-known nook of Mexico will pride tourists and students alike.


Peter J. Marchand is a box biologist and photographer whose pursuits in plant and animal model expand to human cultures residing in severe environments. He has labored in wooded area, tundra, and wasteland ecosystems all through North the US and presently is living in Colorado.


“With a prepared eye for aspect, a present for locating the perfect language to carry that element to the reader, and a variety of ingratiating pictures, Peter Marchand brings to existence the little-documented ranches of Sierra de l. a. Giganta.”
-- Bruce Berger, writer of Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur

“Marchand supplies us a unprecedented privilege. Seldom does this sort of paintings enable us into the houses of this sort of distant humans in the sort of own way—in either phrases and photographs. a must have for Baja California aficionados.”
-- Jennifer Redmond editor, Sea of Cortez Review

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