|El Yunque National Forest from the top of a mountain.|
As we arrive in San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city, the wet tropical air immediately condenses on our skin, and it's hard to contain the excitement of the coming days of hiking in the jungle, tropical vistas, crystal clear snorkeling, and most of all Puerto Rican wildlife!
We arrive in El Yunque National Forest later that night, and settled into our apartment style rooms. After a quick food run the next day, we set to work exploring the jungle and cataloging various wildlife. The jungle is so alive with various tropical birds calling to each other, while the insects heat up their mating calls for the night. And a pleasant, humid aura fills the rain forest as we launch into another evening here, I swear you can see these plants growing!
|Kip showed me how to take this cool picture of a sleeping anole|
on top of a banana leaf.
One of the other members to our trip, who is a much more knowledgeable photographer is also getting some sweet pics with his Sony DSLR camera, and we buddy up for a night of wildlife photography. In twenty minutes of field experience, I learn more about wildlife photography with my new friend, Kip, than I would ever learn in an afternoon of reading articles and instructions.
|The Puerto Rican Tree Snail is said to be the most numerous|
herbivore of the island of Puerto Rico.
In El Yunque, we find heaps and heaps of Puerto Rican Tree Snails, which are the most numerous herbivore on the island. We also come across several species of coqui frogs, and what I believe to be the Puerto Rican Rocket Frog. I was able to video the rocket frog calling under a small water fall in the creek.
|The Puerto Rican Rocket Frog calling in a nearby creek.|
|Kruger's Anoles are a bit harder to find.|
|Green Anoles are fairly common in this area.|
|Crested Anoles are easily found in this area and in most |
other parts of the island.
|An awesome swimming hole in El Yunque!|