El Yunque Rain Forest

My wife and I are fans of caribbean travel, especially to one of our favorite islands, Puerto Rico.  On our recent trip to Puerto Rico, we had the opportunity to visit El Yunque National Forest.  El Yunque is a rain forest located in the eastern mountains of Puerto Rico’s main island and is managed by the United States Forest Service.  Neither of us had hiked in a rain forest, so we were eager to check it out.

Much to our surprise as we traversed over a wet, rocky trail on our way to a nice vantage point, we noticed a lack of wildlife.  We saw a few snails, lizards and heard plenty of coqui frogs, but no glimpses of the elusive and endangered Puerto Rican Parrot.  No monkeys or tucans or panthers either.  Have no idea if those animals even can be found in El Yunque, but we both had a preconceived notion of what we’d see in a rainforest.  Perhaps the exotic animals, if they exist, were in a more remote location of the forest.  Or perhaps we were confusing rain forests with jungles.

El Yunque Rain Forest

Canon EOS 5D, 28-70mm

As we made our way along the trail through periods of rain, we came to a rustic, stone tower on one of the peaks.  From the top of the tower, we had panoramic views of El Yunque rain forest that stretched to the ocean.  Just as I started shooting, I noticed the rain storm we hiked through was catching up to us.  I fired off a series of shots that I later stitched together in Photoshop.  This panoramic captured the amazing view, the mountains, the ocean, the palm forest canopy and the approaching storm.  Given I only had a few moments before it began to pour, I’m quite happy with the photograph.

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