El Yunque Rainforest

El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Luquillo National Forest and the Caribbean National Forest, is a forest located in northeastern Puerto Rico.Even though there are other rainforests in the United States ,for example Alaska, It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System.

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La Coca Falls

At an elevation of 1, 476 feet  above sea level, La Coca Falls is the first spectacular feature seen by the visitor traveling up to the Forest. The waters of La Coca Falls drop 85 feet  onto a huge rock formation at the bottom of the falls. The falls are located next to the road and is an excellent spot to take photos.

 

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Bano Grande

It is a beautiful man made pool filled with the waters from an upper branch of La Mina River. This 18 feet  deep pool is formed by a stone and masonry dam over which water cascade. Surrounded by a cobblestone path and arching stone and masonry bridge, the pool is bordered by an old bathhouse, built during the CCC era.

At a Glance

The forest region was initially set aside in 1876 by the King  of Spain, and represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. It was established as the Luquillo Forest Reserve on 17 January 1903, and became a National Forest in 1906. It was renamed Caribbean National Forest on 4 June 1935. It is home to over 200 species of trees and plants, 23 of which are found nowhere else. 

On 2 April 2007 , President George W. Bush,by Executive Order changed the name of the Caribbean National Forest to El Yunque National Forest, better reflecting the cultural and historical feelings of the Puerto Rican people.

 

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View from Yokahu Tower

 

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Yokahu Tower

The Yokahú Tower is one of the two observation towers located in the park. Constructed in 1963,It is widely considered the better of the two with regard to the view offered. The other tower, Mount Britton Tower, is situated at a higher altitude. Owing to this, the view from it is frequently obscured by cloud cover. When it comes to convenience, Yokahú Tower again has an advantage over the Mount Britton Tower. Yokahú Tower has a parking lot nearby whereas the Britton Tower is in the middle of the forest.

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Rainforest Fauna in the El Portal Tropical Rainforest center

Opened in 1996, the El Portal Rain Forest Center  gives visitors an introduction to the rain forest. A walkway set at 60 feet above the ground allows for a view of the tops of trees, while another walkway winds along tree bases. Exhibits at the center focus on the plants and animals of the rain forest, the importance of rain forests around the world, and threats to rain forests and efforts to conserve them.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

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Spring Wreath with Canon DSLR

Originally posted on My Kentucky Living:

My previous post had pictures of my wreath with my iPad. After looking at the post I knew I had to retake those pics with my good camera. I hope these do not disappoint. In addition to my good camera and lens…I also used Picasa to edit and boost the color just a bit. Not much. Just a bit.

Welcome to my home…

welcome

welcome to my home

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deep color

deep color

spring yellow

spring yellow

yellow

yellow

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I like the DSLR pics better.
I hope you do to.
Better equipment usually makes a better piece of art.
Maybe not in all things, but when it comes to photography I think it is true.

Thanks for visiting.

Sheila

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Life on Grand Turk

Grand Turk is a unique island, tiny but varied, from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to cowboys riding horses down main street of the capitol city, Cockburntown, there is a lot of variety packed into this island paradise.
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Cowboy on Main Street

Near the site of the splash down of John Glenn , America’s first astronaut in space, the island has remained quiet and reserved until now. That is about to change, many new resort paradises are on the horizon and the island is destined to become a destination resort.

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John Glenn’s Friendship 7

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                                     Grand Turk tracking station

Margaritaville, the first of the new restaurants, is located near the cruise dock, is sure to be the first of many to grace this island. Let’s hope it doesn’t change the character and uniqueness of the island.

 

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Resort House on the Beach

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                                           Columbus Landed here!

With all this tiny island has to offer , it will become one of the favorite islands in the Caribbean.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

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Charleston South Carolina

In the history of our country, Charleston has always  played an important part. By the late 1600s Charleston was the southernmost point of English settlement, in the heart of the deep south , it’s importance would be apparent for centuries.

Recognized as the best mannered city in the United States, Charleston brims with the cultural unique. It is the heart of southern hospitality, good food, fine weather, history and beautiful scenery.

In the early history of our country major battles were fought her during the American Revolution, and Civil War. The city was ravaged not only by war but by several hurricanes as well, each time bouncing back bigger and better than it was before.

As a result of war, many of the beautiful plantations in the area were destroyed and the owners suffered financial loss and ruin, many gave their lives and their fortunes for our great country.

Middleton Place

Middleton Place

One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Middleton, was a land owner just west of the city, his plantation survives today and is one of the most beautiful pieces of real estate in the area.

George Washington and his brother Lawrence enjoyed it’s social graces in the 1750s and frequented many of the landmarks of the time, some of which still stand today.

The first battle of the Civil War was fought at nearby Fort Sumter visible in the harbor, many watched  from the shore as cannon ball after cannon ball found their mark on either confederate or union soldiers.

Charleston South Carolina

Charleston South Carolina

Today it is a top notch tourist attraction with golf courses beaches, restaurants and historical sites abounding.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

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Grand Turk

A little known paradise, Grand Turk is a beautiful island seldom visited by most. Until recently, cruise ships ignored the tiny island completely.

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Grand Turk

Best known because the first manned space flight by John Glenn splashed down near here, little else was ever disclosed or written about this tiny island.

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Friendship 7

Even the fact that Christopher Columbus landed here during his maiden voyage to the new world was for the most part ignored.

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An island of only about five thousand inhabitants situated between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, it was once home to five NASA tracking stations, all of which have now been abandoned, except for one which has been turned into a night club.

Today, all of that is changing, the island is rapidly becoming a destination for many cruise ships and several new resorts are being planned. This beautiful island will soon become one of the most popular vacation sites in the Caribbean.

With beauty such as this , the island can’t remain hidden forever.

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

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Canary Island Pyramids

Interesting article I found, sorry I have misplaced the author.

Every year thousands of vacationers come to the Canary Islands to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and many resorts that dot the islands!

Very few even realize the islands boast many pyramids, which are well worth seeing. Most of the pyramids are located near the town of Guimar on the Island of Tenerife.

Located on the east side of the island, near the south end, the pyramids were first discovered by the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

According to most reports, the pyramids were described as just piles of rocks or agricultural terraces made by ancient farmers. Upon observing the pyramids Thor didn’t agree and was so impressed by them, he remained to study them during the last years of his life.

Resembling step pyramids found in Egypt, Mexico and Peru, the question remains, who built them, and when?

One of the theories is that they were built by the Guanches, the original inhabitants of The Canary Islands. Although the Guanches were thought to not have the technical abilities needed to build the pyramids, they did mummify their dead as the Egyptians,and they also knew about pyramid design as has been illustrated on their  artistic seals known as pintaderas.

There is much evidence the pyramids were aligned astronomically and it has been theorized they were used for ceremonies at special times of the year, such as the solstices and equinoxes. Not only are the pyramids located on the south of the island, they can be seen on the west side of the island and in the north as well.

Although no one knows for sure who built them, most of them are located in areas of the island the Guanches inhabited. Could these ancient inhabitants be the same peoples that immigrated to Egypt and constructed the pyramids in that ancient land? Are they remnants of a great society that possibly existed in this part of the world, possibly Atklantis,before recorded history,and before the ancient Egyptian empire rose from the ashes?

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands