Oasis of Stone


Oasis of Stone: Visions of Baja California Sur, with photographs by Miguel Ángel de la Cueva and text by Bruce Berger.
Sunbelt Publications/ Planeta Península
ISBN-10: 0916251764

With its soaring and fissured rock, its clefts of darkness, its burnt ochres and coagulated reds that drought has bared to the sun and wind, Baja California Sur appears the survivor of ancient calamities. Its vegetation is a snarl of tubes and pads, spikes and spines, sometimes disposing itself with the delicacy of a Japanese garden. Its creatures, from the rare peninsular pronghorn to endemic geckos and rattlesnakes, melt like phantoms into its paradoxical terrain. Using old stone age technology, its indigenous population created the most sophisticated primitive murals in the Western Hemisphere.

Most representations of Baja California, Mexico’s legendary peninsula, have focused on its famous coasts and marinescapes. Fusing word and image, in Oasis of Stone photographer Miguel Ángel de la Cueva and writer Bruce Berger have gone inland, to deliver the volcanic landmass: its sweep, its intimate corners, its upheaval between seas that makes this burnt reach a landscape like no other.


Oasis of Stone is a knockout look at Baja California Sur” – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Oasis of Stone has won the 2006 ForeWord Silver Award in the Nature category, and its text won the 2006 Colorado Authors’ League Award for Specialty Writing.


Oasis of Stone, English edition, may be ordered from:
Sunbelt Publications, San Diego Ca. (800) 626-6579

Oasis de Piedra, Spanish edition, can be ordered from Planeta Peninsula A.C.:
Tel. 011526121284079 or via email: mterranet@hotmail.com