Puerto Rico: El Yunique

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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.

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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.

The Sights of San Juan Puerto Rico

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\Old Town, San Juan Puerto Rico.

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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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Puerto Rico San Cristobol

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San Cristobol , along with El Morro provided protectopn to San Juan and Puerto Rico for generations until modern warfare eliminated the need for them.

 

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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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

San Juan Puerto Rico

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The sights of San Juan Puerto Rico.

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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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

El Yunque Rainforest

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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.

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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

 

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Puerto Vallarta

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Sailing out of Puerto Vallarta

Only a few U.S. residents ventured to Puerto Vallarta until the 1950s. That’s when airplanes began landing on a dirt
airstrip just outside of the city. By the 1960s, the town was a hideaway for movie stars who enjoyed the charm and
serenity of the area.
Downtown Puerto Vallarta
Downtown Puerto Vallarta
 
About that time Hollywood really ignited interest in the city. In 1963, director John Huston chose Puerto Vallarta as
the film location of Tennessee William’s “Night of the Iguana”, which starred Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr, and Ava Garner.
 
Much of the filming was done in the deserted cove of Mismaloya. The film gave Vallarta its reputation as a steamy
romantic escape, and soon large numbers of travelers went to experience it for themselves. In 1968, a road was built
from Tepic to accommodate the flow of visitors.
 
By 1974, the boom in construction and population was on, and the area blossomed with more than 350,000 residents
and about three million visitors each year.
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This is a city with modern infrastructure and conveniences that have somehow managed to maintain its unique Old Mexican charm, unlike so many more glitzy resorts. In many areas of Puerto Vallarta you will feel like you are taking a
step back in time. A step back to a much simpler time. Donkeys are still used for delivery in many parts of this unique
city.
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Cruise ship leaving port
 
A modern marina and cruise ship port attract visitors on ships from all over the world. The City’s clean, friendly
atmosphere, unique Mexican ambiance and incredible diverse shopping attract international and Mexican tourists
in droves. These unique attractions lure many to return overand over again. Many of these tourists end up becoming full time residents or retire in Puerto Vallarta.
 
The Gustavo Ordiaz International Airport is located2 miles or 5 minutes north of town

The Author 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 visited.

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

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It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember, that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate, they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.

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