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The Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula

Sage Series: The Yucatan Peninsula by C.C. Lockwood

Photographer C. C. Lockwood traveled to the other side of the Gulf to present an unparalleled look at the untamed wonders of the Yucatán 

Peninsula in his book and for his SAGE talk.

The specific emphases of The Yucatán Peninsula are the Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán. Avoiding such tourist-trampled ports of call as Cozumel and Cancun, Lockwood focuses instead on less accessible wilderness areas. With the assistance of trained explorers as well as native volunteers, Lockwood visited, over a two-year period, such hidden treasures of the Yucatán as Arrecife Alacrán and Banco Chinchorro, two coral-laden reefs; Sian Ka'an, a 1.2-million-acre wildlife refuge; and Calakmul, an area of dense jungle.

These expeditions gave Lockwood the perfect opportunity to photograph the peninsula's astonishing array of animal life: rainbow-colored parrot fish and enormous lobsters, sea turtles and nurse sharks, flamingos and toucans, egrets and brown pelicans, iguanas and spider monkeys. Lockwood also captures the magnificent beauty of the land itself, with evocative shots of shimmering green vegetation, colorful flowers, and jungle sunrises. Stunning photographs of Mayan ruins, open-air markets with brimming stands of fruits and vegetables, and the expressive faces of the Yucatecans themselves complete this picture of unspoiled paradise.

Lockwood recounts many of his frequently hilarious, sometimes dangerous, and always interesting adventures as he writes about the history of the Yucatán Peninsula and its various ecosystems.

The Yucatán Penisula opens a window onto a world that most tourists never see. Join the SAGE Series to be entertained by Lockwood’s stories and those of our other speakers.


Wildlife photographer C.C. Lockwood has lived and worked in fragile ecosystems whose preservation shapes his artistry. Through words and images, he has captured the unique sense of space in wild places as diverse as Louisiana swampland and the rugged back country of the American West. His work has earned him international acclaim as an environmental artist, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Lockwood’s work continues to reflect changes and perils in the natural world.

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