El Yunque Rain Forest
, on Flickr
Living in the great Mojave desert I am a huge fan of the vast desolation that surrounds me. I love the open spaces, the dry air and perhaps most of all, the lack of BUGS. The desert is my home. But I grew up in a subtropical climate and from time to time I find myself missing green, wet, lush, slimy, humid places like this one. This is in the El Yunque (yoonkay) cloud forest in Puerto Rico. It is the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. forest system and if you’re ever in Puerto Rico you owe it to yourself to go visit this amazing place. There’s probably about 60 different kinds of plants in this frame. We were on a cruise this day and we skipped all of the usual tourist crap in San Juan to rent a car and head up to El Yunque. We got there late so we couldn’t take the hike down to the waterfalls but we still spent a couple hours up in the clouds enjoying the moisture and the GREEN. Shortly after I captured this set I slipped on some moss and fell down a 6 foot boulder into the stream below, completely submerging my powershot G9 underwater as well as myself.
Hanging it in front of the vents in the rent a car on the way back to San Juan it was good as new. Yay Canon!