San Juan Puerto Rico Harbor

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

Photography by Journeysthrulife photography. 

The Port of San Juan’s passenger facilities are located along San Antonio Canal. Of the 15 piers in the channel, four accommodate cruise ships while others serve cargo vessels and the Cataño Ferry.

One of the most modern and beautiful harbors in the Caribbean, Port of San Juan plays host to hundreds of cruise ships yearly. As many as ten thousand cruise passengers or more  can visit Puerto in a single day.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and San Juan is its urban hub. The city, by and large, is divided into new and old. The new includes a business district and outlying neighborhoods, concentrated with hotel chains like Isla Verde. The old is, of course, the historic city within ancient walls.

The fortress of El Morro guards the harbor today much the same as it did against long-gone Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. 

A cruise ship docked at Port of San Juan

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.
Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.
Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.
http://www.travelnsnap.com
Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.
What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.
To contact Gary:
journeysthrulife@gmail.com.
http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Saint Thomas: Saint Peter Great House and Botanical Gardens

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The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Photography by Gary Wonning

Please click on the photos for more photos of Saint Thomas

Set atop a volcanic peak on the island of St. Thomas is the 150-acre plantation, St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Gardens. The property was built originally in the 19th century, and now serves as a popular spot to host weddings and events, as well as a botanical garden that is open to the public for touring.

The Great House is set on 20,000 square feet of property and is able to accommodate a whopping 500 guests.

The beauty of St. Thomas

From the outdoor observation deck you can view more than 15 other islands and cays. A stroll through the gardens will showcase glimpses of tropical birds, butterflies, and fish, a waterfall, and 150 different species of tropical plants, including over 20 different orchid varieties.

View from the top

This restored world-class estate is set on 11 acres 1,000 feet above Hull Bay and world-famous Magens Bay

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

Saint Thomas: Blackbeard’s Castle

Edward Thatch (c. 1680 – 22 November 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was an English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of Britain’s  North American colonies. Little is known about his early life, but he may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War, settling on the Bahamian island of New  Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined around 1716.

Blackbeard’s Flag

Teach was a shrewd and calculating leader who spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image to elicit the response that he desired from those whom he robbed. He was not a tyrannical pirate, he commanded his vessels with the consent of their crews and there is no known account of his ever having harmed or murdered those whom he held captive. 

Blackbeard’s Castle

He mastered the art of fear, turning himself into more than just a man but a legend, this was far scarier. The legend around him grew. He sprouted a large, bushy beard which gave him his nickname. It was said that during battles, his beard would burn and his eyes turn red. In truth, Blackbeard lit wicks, laced with gunpowder, which he had weaved into his hair and beard. He carried as many as fourteen pistols about his body, and two cutlasses, which he wielded together. Despite his fearsome reputation, there is no evidence to suggest he killed anyone who was not trying to kill him.

Blackbeard’s Castle

Blackbeard met his death after retiring for six months and accepting a royal pardon. Not one for settling down, he took to the seas once more only to be hunted down and caught in Oracoke Bay by Lt Maynard of the Royal Navy. After putting up a good fight and being shot several times, he was finally beaten when his body was relieved of the weight of his head. His body was slung in the water and his head mounted on the front of Lt Maynards sloop. Legend has it that his headless body still swims the waters of Oracoke Bay, searching for its missing piece.

Blackbeard’s Castle

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Saint Thomas: Magans Bay

Written by Gary Wonning

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

A real inviting place to chill while visiting Saint Thomas is the restaurant/bar at Magans Bay.

Saint Thomas

Nothing like a refreshing cold drink at one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.

Magans Bay

All sorts of water activities are available, swimming, water floats, jets skies, umbrellas, and snorkeling, anything you need to enjoy your stay.

Magans Bay

Magens Bay  features a well-protected white sand beach stretching for nearly three quarters of a mile. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, as well as a gathering place for locals.

The beach sits at the head of a deep bay, the arms of which are Peterborg peninsula to the east and Tropaco Point to the west. The bay’s northwest exposure means its waters are usually calm, although storms in the North Atlantic can occasionally generate large waves in the winter months, and turtles, conch, tarpon and other fish are commonly spotted. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Saint Thomas: An island Of Diverse Scenery

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

An ice cream store along the route back from Magans Bay

A view of Magans Bay

The cruise port of Charlotte-Amalie, taken from Drakes Seat.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Photography Prints

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Puerto Rico: El Yunique

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

The only tropical rain forest in the United States, El Yunique, located in Puerto Rico. At nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse of the national forests hosting hundreds of animal and plant species, some of which are found only here.

Yokahu Tower located in El Yunique, 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. 

A view from the top of Yokahu Tower

A sign at the visitor center

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

La Mina: Puerto Rico Waterfall

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

Located in El Yunique Rainforest, La Mina Waterfall is a beautiful relaxing site.

 

 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way, he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.