Over the weekend I had the chance to visit one of my favorite family oriented photography gardens on the island, the Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re a nature lover and into photographing flowers, insects and birds. For those tourists visiting the island the Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin is located at Caguas in the island of Puerto Rico –just 30 minutes away from San Juan, the Capital City.
If you’re a keen observer you can get a chance to photograph large green lizards, yellow butterflies and (if you’re feeling lucky) even the San Pedrito who has lately caused great commotion at the island since despite that its scientific name, Todus mexicanus, it is endemic to Puerto Rico.
While I was there I was privileged to be of the first to see the newly renovated Orchids Garden Carmen Sara Torres de Miranda. And I can say they did a great job at showcasing many beautiful species of orchids. I was like a kid in Disney land, all around me the most beautiful flowers to photograph. Check my main page for some of the many flowers you can come to see at the Botanical and Cultural Garden William Miranda Marin. The orchid garden will be open to the general public starting on the weekend of the 17th of October 2015.
The garden also celebrated Puerto Rico’s past gaming heritage by showcasing the illegal dice game in a fun way. The crowd of visitors had a great time participating and learning about our not so legal gaming history.
From there we had the chance to observe another Puerto Rican tradition; cockfighting. Only that in this fight no animals were hurt (well maybe there pride) since both had safety boots that impeded any real damage.
Overall it was a fun day at the garden. Just remember it can get very hot at the park so bring lose clothing and light shoes so you can explore its trails and the centenary ruins of the ancient San Jose Sugar Plantation, as well as the rebuilt old large hut to house slaves, whose invaluable sacrifice represented an important element in the development of the creole personality. And don’t forget to pass by “la cocina de Ednita” for a cold Piña Colada. For more information about the garden visit www.jardinbotanicoycultural.org.