As a nature photographer one of the things I enjoy the most is a trip to the forest. Luckily for me, near my house is one of the most beautiful forest in The Caribbean, El Yunque National Forest. El Yunque is a rainforest located in the northeast region of Puerto Rico, between Canovanas, Rio Grande, Luquillo and Naguabo recognized for its biodiversity. It is a forest of 29,000 acres, where you can find thousand of native plants, 150 different types of ferns, and 88 endemic trees which 23 of them found no where else in the world. The vegetation was divided in four forest areas, but recently researchers found differences inside each area. Today the vegetation is divided in fifteen areas, each one with unique characteristic. The native fauna found in this forest includes different species of amphibians, reptiles, arthropods and birds. Last but not least, the forest has many streams and rivers with beautiful waterfalls perfect for landscape photography.
The rainy days for me are the best for photographing flora and fauna in El Yunque. Maybe because the water make the vegetation brighter. The fog and the dew make the forest mysterious, an enchanted place. Obviously with these biodiversity every time I go there my saying is “I have to come back, soon”. Thats why this blog going to be the first of few dedicated to El Yunque fauna, flora and landscape. Like the title says, I’ll be starting with the Angelito Trail located at the bottom of the forest, Road 988.
Here are the photos, enjoy!