It's an explosive undersea adventure! Venture through the darkened ruins of the ancient Temple of Poseidon. Here you'll find an archeologist from the Global Discovery Group who leads you deeper and deeper into the mysterious temple. Enjoy!!!
Puerto Rican Woodpecker taking a sunbath in the early morning sun. Enjoy!!!
A gratifying stop on Puerto Rico’s Ruta Panorámica, the Mirador Villalba-Orocovis rises some 2000 feet above sea level on the mountains of the island’s Cordillera Central region.
The open-aired observation area astonishes visitors with its views of the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea on the southern coast.
Surrounded by majestic peaks, the ample space is accesible to both young and old, with facilities every member of the family can enjoy.
Desde la Montaña
Puerto Rican Spindalis enjoying a Jobillo fruit (Yellow Mombin) for breakfast. Puerto Rican Spindles feeds mainly on ripe fruits and berries of several varieties of plants, such as figs and blackberries. It also catches insects, small liars and takes nectar from flowers. Enjoy!!!
View of the Puerto Rican Flag displayed atop a waterfall in the central region of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!!!
Puerto Rican Pride
Chinchorreo- Barhopping (noun), Chinchorreando- barhopping (gerund verb). Going from little hole-in-the-wall bar on the side of the road to the next one, sometimes by horse. Side of the road selfie during our chinchorreo tour, enjoy!!!
The Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis) is a large, steel-blue swallow with a white belly and a forked tail. It is fairly common as a breeding bird throughout much of the Greater and Lesser Antilles (except Cuba) and is often seen over open or semi-open terrain near water. The nonbreeding distribution of the Caribbean Martin long has been a mystery, but evidence is accumulating that this species winters along the coast of northeastern South America. This species also is known as the Snowy-bellied Martin, as Golondrina Grande in the Dominican Republic, and as both Irondel Nwa and Hirondelle a Ventre Blanc in Haiti. Enjoy!!!
American Kestrel taking a break perched during a really hot and humid August morning. I was walking around looking for something to photograph, when this one showed up and was kind enough to pose for a killer shot. Enjoy!!!
Taking a Break
Today's Throw Back Thursday is from a sunset in Girl Scout Beach, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. I took this picture when I was deployed there in 2011-2012. Enjoy!!!
Today I bring you a flock of Bananaquits morning feeding on mangoes. I wasn't looking for this type of bird but couldn't resist the temptation to fire away at this feeding frenzy during a hot August morning here in Puerto Rico. As you can see, it was a good breakfast treat. Enjoy!!!
“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ― C. JoyBell C.
As the Sun Goes Down
It's Orange Bishop mating season. As you can see lots of females and males gather around a tree. Enjoy!!!
Orange Bishops Everywhere!
The pin-tailed whydah (Vidua macroura) is a small songbird. It is a resident breeding bird in most of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. It has also been introduced to southern California and Puerto Rico.
This whydah is found in many open habitats including open woodland, scrub and cultivation.
The pin-tailed whydah is 12–13 cm in length, although the breeding male's tail adds another 20 cm to this. The adult male has a black back and crown, and a very long black tail. The wings are dark brown with white patches, and the underparts and the head, apart from the crown, are white. The bill is bright red. Enjoy!!!
Afternoon sun kissing the flag goodbye for the day. Enjoy!!!
Sun Kissing the Flag
The bronze mannikin is a tiny gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds. It frequents open country and cultivation, especially near water.
The nest is a large domed grass structure in a tree, into which 4-8 white eggs are laid. This species also builds communal roosting nests, used overnight and dismantled and rebuilt daily.
The bronze mannikin is 9–10 cm in length with a long black tail. The adult has a stubby grey bill, brown upperparts, a dark purple head and white underparts with dark flank markings. There is an iridescent green shoulder patch.
The sexes are similar, but immatures are plain brown above with buff head and underparts. This species has a number of calls including a rreep-rreeep in flight and a twittering when perched. Enjoy!!!
American Kestrel having breakfast. Not the best light to document the moment but still a great capture. Enjoy!!!
The Circle of Life
It was past 7 PM on a hot summer day in my native town of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. I got there early and was photographing shore birds and was set up with my other camera waiting for the sun to say farewell for the day. At first it was mostly an average sundown, but after the sun cleared the horizon the skies suddenly started to change and it was really spectacular. The result: well---Enjoy it!!!
Not Your Average Sunset
Native to northwest and eastern Africa; introduced to and established in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and across the United States. Currently found in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, and in the Mid-Atlantic States. Inhabits open savanna habitats with tall shrubs and trees. Here's a male in full color. Enjoy!!!
Managed to capture this gorgeous rainbow over a Flame Tree before it disappeared. Enjoy!!!
Usually found where dense brush stands next to open fields, pastures, or marshes. In its tropical range, found in a variety of brushy or semi-open habitats in the lowlands, mainly in humid areas. Generally avoids unbroken forest. Here's a portrait of one of them. Enjoy!!!
Say Cheese! Group photo of our latest class reunion, we had a blast just talking about our school years and life in general. Go Horux '88, enjoy!!!
"Forests are the world's air conditioning system, the lungs of the planet---and we are on the verge of switching it off" --- Prince Charles.
A Place to Meditate
The dapper Spotted Sandpiper makes a great ambassador for the notoriously difficult-to-identify shorebirds. They occur all across North America, they are distinctive in both looks and actions, and they're handsome. They also have intriguing social lives in which females take the lead and males raise the young. With their richly spotted breeding plumage, teetering gait, stuttering wingbeats, and showy courtship dances, this bird is among the most notable and memorable shorebirds in North America. Enjoy!!!
This next capture was taken during an amazing sunset in my hometown of santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Someone took our flag and placed it right in the middle of a small bay and it stood witness to this beautiful and unique end of day. Enjoy!!!
In the Middle of the Sea
The Astro Orbiter is a rocket-spinner attraction at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It opened in 1974 as the StarJets, an attraction similar to the Rocket Jets at Disneyland. In 1994, when the New Tomorrowland opened, it was overhauled and renamed. The attraction is known as a "spinner," in which vehicles are lifted into the air by large arms coming out of a spinning central core. It is located at the top of Rockettower Plaza, where Tomorrowland Transit Authority's station and the Lunching Pad are located as well. This ride is like the Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Fantasyland. You rise several feet in the air in an open rocket ship. Enjoy!!!