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    Rainforest (warning: pic heavy)

    My wife & I spent most of the previous week on a long-overdue vacation in Puerto Rico. The better part of two days of this were spent in El Yunque. I took almost 400 pics during our vacation and the vast majority were within this rainforest. Needless to say, I've attempted to whittle the number down (but probably still have far too many that I am including - my apologies). I have been here previously but managed to drop my camera in one of the many creeks (while it was opening) so these are the first pics that have made it home.

    Here's a view of the canopy, showing some huge treeferns and others:


    Sometimes the canopy would open and allow us a view of the mountains we were hiking:


    A few of the trails:



    A pretty little creek:


    The same little creek from a different angle - to show the round little ferns on the right part of the foreground:


    The understory (yes - several of these look suspiciously like they are focusing on epiphytes - but hey - there are lots of epiphytes 8^) )




    .... and now for the epiphytes:



    Some of the critters - first two of the ubiquitous lizards (anoles?)


    .... and an iguana (not in the rainforest - but probably the best place to throw it in)


    .... and a walking stick (spotted by my wife while she was waiting for 1) the rain to slow & 2) me to get done snapping pics of moss/vines/fungi/etc...)


    .... a species of tree snail. The scale on these guys was difficult to show but the shells are around 3" and the eye-stalks are >1" - - so pretty good sized slime-makers ....

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    ... transitioning away from the rainforest - here's a heron on the flats behind a small reef (over which the waves are breaking in the background)


    At a nature reserve called Las Cabezas de San Juan (not near San Juan btw ), there was a place they called the 'Stone Beach' where there were both volcanic rocks and sandstone. The sandstone was more jagged than my mind would allow me to grasp:


    I'll finish with a few tourist pics from Old San Juan. The 1st two are from El Morro and the second is from San Cristobal (not that it matters a lot for these pics):




    As a footnote - in the past, I traveled to the island for work, and as was the standard, I stayed in the big hotels around San Juan or other walled resort enclaves. I also listened to many derogatory stories about the PR natives and the dangers outside the enclave walls from engineers assigned to local projects at some of our manufacturing facilities. On this trip, my wife requested that we stay someplace outside the big luxury hotels and try to experience as much as possible from the local perspective. We stayed at a small hotel on Luquillo Beach and ate in small restaurants frequented by the locals. We had an absolutely fantastic time and a much better experience than any of my previous trips when I stayed in opulence .... Go figure
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    you know what i'd do if i were combing for epiphytes: orchids and utrics!

    boo on dropping the camera. beautiful pics, sure seems like you two had a great time!
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    Wow, nice! I haven't been to Puerto Rico since I was very, very little... greatly looking forward to my next trip to Latin America. Thanks for sharing.
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    AWESOME!

    Really beautiful, I'd like to go there someday.....
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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    oh my.... very nice mate, momma was right to get ya off the beaten path.... (man I was close huh LOL)

    looks like a great adventure indeed!

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    Oh very nice! Did you make it to Arecibo too?

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    Wonderful pictures! I've never been to Puerto Rico, this is inspiring. I love seeing pictures of jungles no matter what.

    It's good to hear that going away from the resorts was a much more enjoyable and hospitable experience. Thanks for sharing!
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