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Waterfall, El Yunque Forest, Puerto Rico

Waterfall, El Yunque Forest, Puerto Rico
Made by jogorman
Explore 30th August 2008: #61 El Yunque National Forest, formerly known as the Caribbean National Forest, is located on the island of Puerto Rico. It is commonly known as only El Yunque, a Spanish approximation of the aboriginal Taino word Yu-ke thought by scholars to mean White Lands. However the lightning storms that occur there were to the Spaniards the sound of a giant hammer hitting an anvil (yunque in Spanish). It is also the name of the second highest mountain peak in the Forest. El Yunque is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. The forest is located on the slopes of the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains in Puerto Rico, and encompasses 28,002 acres (43.753 sq mi, or 113.32 km²) of land, making it the largest block of public land on the island of Puerto Rico. El Toro, the highest mountain peak in the forest rises 1,078 metres (3,537 ft) above sea level. The forest region was initially set aside in 1876 by the King Alfonso XII of Spain, and represents one of the oldest reserves in the Western Hemisphere. It is home to over 200 species of trees and plants, 23 of which are found nowhere else. The critically endangered Puerto Rican Amazon (Amazona vittata), with an estimated wild population of 30 individuals, occurs exclusively in this forest until 2006, when another wild population was released in the Rio Abajo Sate Forest in the municipality of Utuado, by the Department of Natural Resources on November 19th, 2006. Typical yearly rainfall can be up to 240 inches (6 m) per year which constitutes more than 100 billion US gallons (380,000,000 m³) of rainwater fall on the forest per year. El Yunque is composed of four different forest vegetation areas: Tabonuco Forest, Palo Colorado Forest, Sierra Palm Forest, and Dwarf Forest. El Yunque is also renowned for its unique Taino petroglyphs. An Executive Order signed by President George W. Bush on April 2, 2007, renamed the Caribbean National Forest as the El Yunque National Forest, to better reflect the cultural and historical feelings of the Puerto Rican people. Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Yunque_National_Forest Official Site: www.fs.fed.us/r8/caribbean/

El Yunque

El Yunque
Made by Aaron Eakin
Here's my first offering from Puerto Rico. I haven't really touched them yet, but wanted to get something ready for Waterfall Wednesday, since I rarely have waterfall shots. So, a quick process and up it goes. This is La Coca Falls in the El Yunque rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the United States. El Yunque was really cool. I could have spent a day or two solid in here shooting. Unfortunately we had other sites to see, and I was hiking with a couple of non-photographers, so I couldn't spend too much time geeking out. I think this is the least impressive of the major waterfalls in the park, but it was the only one we got to. Still, fun to shoot a different waterfall. :) After this, we were off to the bio-luminescent lagoon in Fajardo (via some random old guy we paid 10 bucks for a ride...if I make it back to PR, I'm so renting a car next time). It's a protected body of water that has special plankton in it that glows bright blue when you touch the water. One of only five places in the entire world like it. A truly amazing place, but sadly the camera was a no go there, so I have no actual photos to show off. :(

Cold feet | Frío en los pies

Cold feet | Frío en los pies
Made by e_romero
This is something that overwhelms my senses. When I was shooting this scene I saw something trough the viewfinder that wasn't this beautiful, contrasty and colorful. Film is an extraordinary medium, it records an image with such perfection that electronic sensor photography simply can't. I don't mean that digital is inferior but it yet can't match the different colors and quality in film. Is like the music industry, a CD can't yet match the lively music you get from an vinyl record. Esto es algo abrumador para mis sentidos. Cuando estaba tomando esta foto lo que veía por el visor no era tan hermoso, contrastado y colorido. La película es un medio extraordinario que registra una imagen con tal perfección que la fotografía por sensor electrónico simplemente no puede. No quiero decir que lo digital es inferior, pero aún no puede compararse con los diferentes colores y la calidad de la película. Es parecido a la industria de la música, un CD aún no puede igualar todavía la viveza de la música que se obtiene de un disco de vinilo. Bronica ETRSi | 40mm Zenzanon MC | Kodak Portra 400 | Unicolor C-41 kit | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

Puerto Rico - Luquillo: El Yunque - Sierra de Luquillo

Puerto Rico - Luquillo: El Yunque - Sierra de Luquillo
Made by wallyg
El Yunque is perhaps the most famous peak in Puerto Rico despite not being the tallest, measuring 1,080 metres above sea level (Cerro de Punta is the tallest peak in the island.) Also home to a lush rainforest. The true sub-tropical rainforest lies totally within the boundaries of the Caribbean National Forest, part of the US Forest Service. It consists of a small crescent shaped band that lies over the tops of the peaks of the forest, located near to eastern end of Puerto Rico. At the top of the rainforest, lies a narrower band of 'Dwarf Forest' in which plant life is stunted due to excess rain and wind. Many well marked trails make it easy to explore, there are no poisonous snakes in Puerto Rico which make this a gentle rainforest. The mountain is located in the Sierra de Luquillo, and is part of the Caribbean National Forest.

view with a room

view with a room
Made by sgoralnick
we stayed in this great old 3 bedroom house on top of a mountain in the middle of the rainforest. it was a totally secluded leave all the windows and doors open kind of experience. which is totally creepy and weird for a new yorker. the rainforest at night sounded exactly like a sounds of the rainforest sound effects tape. all the whistling and squawking and creaking and pitter-pattering made us a bit paranoid, but the place was amazing. you can see the city of luquillo out there in the distance on the water.

happiness/niñez

happiness/niñez
Made by kalifon
Happiness/Niñez Son los momentos, que de niño perseguimos, que logran calar en nuestra mente, verdaderos recuerdos agradables. Como olvidar; los “corre y corre” , juguetes regados por todas partes, la comida lanzada al perro. Con la adultez, llega la responsabilidad… una que tu sociedad, no llevará a cabalidad. Ojalá mi pueblo respete esta etapa. Ojalá los padres den el todo. Ojalá todos los niños jugarán juntos. Ojalá la niñez nunca acabará.. (problema social)

Humus Analógico

Humus Analógico
Made by e_romero
Same day, same setting as the last upload of the NEX-5N. I like analog more than digital, I still like digital but look what you can do with a 300 bucks, 20 years old camera. El mismo día, el mismo ajuste que el último upload de la NEX-5N. Me gusta más lo análogo que lo digital, me sigue gustando digital pero miren lo que pueden hacer con una cámara de 20 años y 300 dólares. Bronica ETRSi | 40mm Zenzanon MC | Kodak Portra 400 | Unicolor C-41 kit | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

El Yunque Rainforest

El Yunque Rainforest
Made by tkecincy
El Yunque is a subtropical rainforest in northeastern Puerto Rico. The only rainforest under the U.S. flag, El Yunque is a mere 28,000 acres (small by national forest standards), but it is steeped in island lore, natural diversity, and tropical splendor. El Yunque means The Anvil, and it is so called for its distinctive flat peak. The forest is part of Puerto Rican mythology: The Taíno Indians believed the rainforest was home to a benevolent god named Yuquiyú.

implying the universe

implying the universe
Made by manyfires
Best viewed large - El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico. A beautiful, beautiful place (one of many that PR has to offer). Lest you get too exicted, let me add that this image definitely received some Photoshop attention. I've been looking with great excitement through work, and I wanted to experiment making my own sort of 'dreamscape' or 'vision'. If you have time, go visit her work... it's great! (I'm particularly fond of 'imaginary cities').

El Yunque Rainforest Waterfall

El Yunque Rainforest Waterfall
Made by 3dphoto.net
We did a 3/4 mile hike to this waterfall. The main falls was much higher than this- this is the bottom end, taken from a bridge between the two stages of the falls. The picture I took of the main falls needs some work- my Singh-Ray ND filter added a pretty strong magenta cast to it. The cast on this one was easier to remove. The 10s exposure gives the water a very dreamy feel- among my first ultra-long exposures with my Singh-Ray filter.

pimp our ride

pimp our ride
Made by charlottehbest
I am genuinely sad that I couldn't drive it. I had volunteered to do all the driving (no one else really wanted to, and I quite like driving), as it was cheapest to have just 1 driver. But, then sod's law, it was going to be more expensive as it's still a few weeks till my 25th birthday, and the insurance bracket was 24 or under, and 25 or older. So I didn't get to drive it at all, and sat squished in the back instead :(

Rain Forest Rock

Rain Forest Rock
Made by noahbw
The intense humidity of the rain forest was a distinct layer of the physical space. It spoke in a loud voice, audible to the eye. Here, coming upon a massive outcropping of rock, it had begun to rain again (as it did several times every hour). Before stowing my camera (again), I snapped a few shots as the air everywhere had gone ethereal and mystic.

Route 191 - El Junque, Puerto Rico

Route 191 - El Junque, Puerto Rico
Made by Raison Descartier
This road used to run north to south through El Junque the national rain forest preserve of Puerto Rico. However there is a large segment that has for a long time been impassable. This road sign was the very end of what would be a recognizable road for some time. 1/60 f.2 - Ektar 100, Leica M6, Nokton Classic 35

La Mina Falls

La Mina Falls
Made by myn91
This is another waterfall in El Yunque. It is about a 30 minutes hike from the 2 closest parking lots. As soon as we got here, rained poured on us. We waited for a while but there was no sign of the sky clearing. We hiked back to the car under the rain and as soon as we climbed inside, the rain stopped.

Cachimbo Rojo (Hamelia patens)

Cachimbo Rojo (Hamelia patens)
Made by e_romero
At El Yunque Tropical Rainforest spring season is eternal, you can observe flowers year round. En el Bosque Tropical de el Yunque la primavera es eterna. Se pueden observar flores durante todo el año. Minolta X700 | Tokina 28mm 2.8 | Kodak Portra 400 | Unicolor C-41 kit | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque Rainforest, Puerto Rico
Made by 3dphoto.net
This shot was taken from the near the high point in El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. Clouds came and went rapidly, blowing through the canopy at this altitude. We were also in a tower on the peak, which gave a great view (when the clouds briefly cleared) of the countryside.

Edén

Edén
Made by e_romero
More rainforest waterfalls. Thanks for the title. Más cascadas del bosque lluvioso. Gracias a Nilka por el título. Bronica ETRSi | 40mm Zenzanon MC | Kodak Portra 400 | Unicolor C-41 kit | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

IMGP8193.JPG

IMGP8193.JPG
Made by ActionFigure
This is at the swimming hole at the bottom of the waterfall that you could see while lying in bed @ Casa Flamboyant on the southern edge of El Yunque rainforest. And yes, Maria is hot. This is the most popular picture I have ever posted on Flickr. Thanks for viewing.

Juan Diego Fall

Juan Diego Fall
Made by e_romero
Juan Diego Fall, Juan Diego Trail at the Caribbean National Forest. Cascada Juan Diego, Vereda Juan Diego en el Bosque National del Caribe. Graflex Super Speed Graphic | Schneider-Kreuznach Angulon 6.8/90mm | Ilford FP4+ 125 | D-76 1+1 | Epson Perfection V750 Pro

Puerto Rico:  El Yunque SOOTC

Puerto Rico: El Yunque SOOTC
Made by E.Peoples
The family and I spent the day in El Yunque, the US National Rainforest in Rio Grande, PR. Lots of soft waterfall photo ops there. SOOTC = Straight Out of the Camera, no Photoshopping performed. I did a down-res in Picnik for this post. That's it. -ep



Nearest places of interest:

Concorde Static Display
Bae Avro RJX
Naguabo
Condominio Cala de Hucares
  Los Kioskos - 60 Bars
Los Kioscos de Luquillo
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 fuselage
Highways Agency Depot

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