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.
Caution: The following is the dementia that affects those nature photographers who are kept away from long hikes in the mountains, bird photography and wildlife exploration… Moving through the thick pink brush I venture into the the baby room… A hanging wild monkey knowingly stares at me from high a tree top… While a laughing rabbit runs back into its deep underground den… My camera capturing him just before he disappears into his home… again. Rainbow colored Cuckoo birds dance by a clearing just ahead as I search for that one of a kind shot… the one I have set out to find… that National Geography front page kind. While a family of wild hens runs ahead of me, just a few feet from where I stand… As I wonder what awaits me I can only keep moving ahead… All the while a Mocking birds chirps away on twig high above a Ptecarpus tree… Is he guiding my path or warning me to stop… who knows? I’ve asked him twice! Hoot, hoot whispers an owl just before it closed its eyes… click, clack my camera whispers back… Oh my! was that a crayon colored Magpie that just flew on by? Or was it just a pink butterfly taken along by the autumn breeze? Oh too high to see… Oh so high! Hoot, hoot whispers the wise owl again! Just ahead… just ahead; he solemnly hoots away… Just ahead… just ahead; whispers the little girl… Ah! At last! my prize… It’s baby Isabella… quite awake, Oh what a treat, what an image to keep, just one click and forever she will stay with me.
Welcome WildAtPalmas newest member… Isabella Sofia Cordero Abad!!! Hello World!!! This is my first image at WildAtPalmas.com I’m cooler than any bird dad has showed you guys cause us girls rule!!! Hey who put that ink on my hand! Here I am with mom and dad !Oh are they so happy… just wait till I wake them up at 1AM… 3AM… 6AM… Help! take me out of this lumpia… Yep.. some Filipino in me… thanks gran dad Conrado! Hmmm! tomorrow I just might go out on a nature walk with dad so stay tuned… now I will dream of mommy.
A+ to the professors and students of the Sagrado Corazon University at Puerto Rico who I had a chance to run into on my photo shoot of the Yunque. It’s great to know that students can still get first hand knowledge of nature conservation, not only in the classrooms, but also out exploring and participating within our very own natural habitats. Sagrado Corazon kudos to you and your faculty for keeping our future leaders in sinc with the most vital resources of today and tomorrow. By the way, the explanation of the the yagrumo male and female leaf was amazing!
Once again the Palmas Del Mar community proved their commitment toward the restoration and conservation of the Pterocarpus Forest. With donations mostly from the local residents; today the Pterocarpus Forest is a reality that highlights what a community can achieve when it works together with an eye toward future generations that will also now enjoy this amazing and unique swamp forest.
Not many updates recently. My fault. Looks like I must have caught the baby stork flue on one of my wildlife adventures and have been busy catching up 🙂 Will be buying an additional camera for baby Isabella who should be here in a few weeks. So get the cameras ready… cause the wild stork is loose… And it looks like all I will be photographing is me fixing the baby room. But don’t despair my WildAtPalmas fans… I will find time to still make my escapades. and find wild butterflies for you: And so does the family grow… at WildAtPalmas.com
Did some local tourism a few months ago. Perfect time to enjoy the kids and share photography time. Went to the western side of the island and explored some of its wonders and gained a few pounds around the waist. Check this view from the top: Adrian exploring some old structure “will the bats fly into my hair?”: “E” for Eleonor and “I don’t care” attitude: Ponce’s Serralles Castle… let the rum flow down the hills: Hanging around with the fish: Or acting like fish: All in all it was a fun trip.
Oh! the Flamboyan Tree (Delonix regia) is in its prime during this month of July. Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree. It can shower us with red flame, orange canary or even blue flowers. These are amazing to see… The Flamboyan below is located at the entrance of the Palmas Del Mar resort. Its flowers flame red and only last a few weeks. Maybe they are announcing that baby on the way…
We had an awesome weekend. Especially Sunday when we had a chance to go snorkeling. The day was as bright as sunshine and the sea was an incredible blue… We hiked down the rocks with an amazing view to our special secret place which turned out to be not so secret later… Adrian (my son) headed for the snorkeling gear… And Eleonor (baby girl) headed for the photographs. The sea was choppy and there was a lot of seaweed, but that did not stop Adrian. Who took to the water like a fish out of a net. We even got a glimpse of the rare sun bathing and sea loving green lizard. A few hours later we were at home since Adrian got swept by a wave right into some sea urchins. Ouch!!! All in all he took out 15 needle like spines from his hands. Yes; it was an awesome weekend! His last words before he got swept away by the wave? “I wonder if there is a rock down there?” Yes Adrian! A rock full of sea urchins.
I had a chance to frame a few photographs today. Not too shabby! Got the frames from Frame Destination. Excellent service and quality materials. I did a lot of searching on the internet and these are the best frames out there and for a price that will not give you a heart attack. Make sure you understand how sizing works for the mats. I wanted to show the most of my photograph so I almost ruined mine since the photography fit just right on the dime (if the photograph were a millimeter smaller it would not have been held down by the mat). That wont happen again.