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Fly Baja and See Why Baja

Escape the polar vortex with this new 7-minute video, and see why LightHawk flew a 10-day aerial photography expedition over Baja California. Flying in partnership with Ralph Lee Hopkins, International League of Conservation Photographers, and WiLDCOAST, LightHawk donated this 10-day series of flights, which crisscrossed the length of the Baja Peninsula from Cabo San Lucas...

Escape the polar vortex with this new 7-minute video, and see why LightHawk flew a 10-day aerial photography expedition over Baja California.

Flying in partnership with Ralph Lee Hopkins, International League of Conservation Photographers, and WiLDCOAST, LightHawk donated this 10-day series of flights, which crisscrossed the length of the Baja Peninsula from Cabo San Lucas to Tijuana.

“The reason I’m working so hard in Baja California making these images is because I love Baja California,” says National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins. “It’s one of the amazing places that I’ve been to.”

The collection of aerial images from the expedition is being made available to conservation groups and local communities working to protect Baja’s wild landscapes, coastlines, and coral reefs. If you or someone you know would like use of this extensive library of aerial images to advance your conservation project, please contact photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins or the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Get the pilot’s perspective from Will Worthington in his blog posts from the expedition.

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Meet the Author

Bev Gabe
After spending a year and four days in the extreme cold and white of Antarctica, I came back to the world a changed person. My passion is to share stories of people doing extraordinary things and I've done that since 2008 as the chief storyteller for LightHawk. LightHawk is a unique non-profit that grants flights to conservation groups through a network of volunteer pilots. Nearly everyday LightHawk donates educational, scientific and photography flights covering the U.S., Mexico, Central America and parts of Canada. LightHawk volunteer pilots, aircraft and resources help to tip the balance toward sustainability for every major environmental issue within our targeted areas of focus. My favorite part of flying at 1,000 feet in a small aircraft is seeing how that perspective changes how people see their communities and empowers them to take positive action on behalf of conservation. Taking off is pretty cool too.