Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas. Come along my nature adventure and see Puerto Rico’s wild side through my camera’s photo lens. Ivan Cordero
At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its many habitats. Puerto Rico is rich in ecosystems as well as in the vast variety of life that inhabit these diverse natural resources. It’s all here; white sandy beaches, humid rain forests, dry coastal forests, beautiful coral reefs, rocky shore lines, dancing sea grass beds and mangrove forest & lagoons all located in this small enchanted island. It’s important to know that although diverse; these very fragile ecosystems depend on one another to survive. These ecosystems are formed by communities of plants and animals that interact between themselves and the environment.
At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its forest habitat. The tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forest biome, also known as tropical dry forest, is located at tropical and subtropical latitudes. Though these forests occur in climates that are warm year-round, and may receive several hundred centimeters of rain per year, they have long dry seasons which last several months and vary with geographic location. These seasonal droughts have great impact on all living things in the forest. Deciduous trees predominate in most of these forests, and during the drought a leafless period occurs, which varies with species type.
At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its seashore habitat. A coastline or seashore is the area where land meets the sea or ocean. A precise line that can be called a coastline cannot be determined due to the dynamic nature of tides. The term “coastal zone” can be used instead, which is a spatial zone where interaction of the sea and land processes occurs. Both the terms coast and coastal are often used to describe a geographic location or region; for example, New Zealand’s West Coast, or the East and West Coasts of the United States.
At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas you can find pictures of Puerto Rico and its swamp habitats. A swamp is a wetland that is forested. Many swamps occur along large rivers where they are critically dependent upon natural water level fluctuations. Other swamps occur on the shores of large lakes. Some swamps have hammocks, or dry-land protrusions, covered by aquatic vegetation, or vegetation that tolerates periodic inundation. The water of a swamp may be fresh water, brackish water or seawater. Some of the world’s largest swamps are found along major rivers such as the Amazon, the Mississippi, and the Congo. And yes; these are also found in Puerto Rico.
An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are regarded as linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. As ecosystems are defined by the network of interactions among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, they can be of any size, but usually encompass specific, limited spaces (although some scientists say that the entire planet is an ecosystem). This means that all we do has an effect either positive or negative on the world’s ecosystem.
Every species requires a certain set of environmental conditions to be able to move around, feed and reproduce. Whether it’s in the Forest, Swamps/Mangroves and Seashores the place where each species finds the conditions it needs to live and thrive is called its habitat. At WildAtPalmas.com we strive to share through photography those organisms that are part of Puerto Rico’s ecosystem. We divided these ecosystems in three natural habitats; Forest, Swamps/Mangroves and Seashores.
When habitats are threatened, so are the animals that live there. For example, birds rely on certain waterways or forest areas, so when their habitat is broken up by roads or other commercial development, their ability to survive is jeopardized. And we’ve all seen what can happen to wildlife, such as birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, when an oil disaster strikes, like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. We live in a small island just 111 by 36 miles, we could walk those 36 miles in a day, everything we put in here or everything we let go has a direct impact in our Forests, Swamps/Mangroves and Seashores that in turn leads to its living organisms. And it just happens to be that we are part of those living organisms.
The understanding and knowledge of the process and balance that nurture our local ecosystems are critical to their continued existence. At Puerto Rico Nature Photography – WildAtPalmas our goal is to create awareness of these natural resources (through photography). Also to assist in the understanding and importance of conserving, preserving and protecting all our fragile ecosystems.
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This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Forest/Seashores/Swamps/” , which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.
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