The photo of the Great Blue Heron having his “lunch” was taken on the estuary just below our casita rooftop.

About the Authors and Photographers: Retirees Ken and Bea Rauch live in Cobourg, Ontario, and spend several months a year in the Fall and again in the Spring in La Peñita. They have been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area since 2004, and enjoy bird watching, exploring the area on foot, taking photographs and writing. They spend time watching sunrises and sunsets, enjoying Mexican cuisine and making footprints in the sand. When back in Canada, they continue to pursue their passion writing, and photographing birds, butterflies and flowers in their gardens.

Often they are asked for the secret to discovering so many of nature’s hidden treasures. While there probably is no pat answer, they like to think it’s because they are in the right place at the right time, are alert to their surroundings, have quick enough reflexes to press the shutter release and then, cross their fingers that the subject is in focus.

The heart of any country is its people and they love to get to know the local people. They have learned to embrace the Mexican culture and enjoy the slow-paced energy of its people. They maintain that the Mexican sun is eclipsed only by the warmth of the Mexican people.

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