For this one I was attending a long exposure class with a fellow photographer near Aguirre, a small town in southern Puerto Rico. The weather was particularly sunny with a chance of rain. We were monitoring the weather when suddenly, a thunderstorm moved in. Just before it poured down, I managed to snap this one. There's a lot of drama in that sky! Enjoy!!!
Portland Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is one of Maine's most elegant lighthouses. Though modeled on an ancient Greek monument, it was built with plates of cast iron. It was dubbed "Bug Light" due to its small size. Enjoy!!!
This is all that is left of a Pier used during the sugar cane production years in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico. Once a very important piece of economic importance, now reduded to ruins that don't let us forget the past. Enjoy!!!
Old Sugar Cane Pier
Asticou Azalea Garden is an elegant and priceless natural fantasy world filled with wonderful visual delights that will stimulate your soul. The design is fluid, allowing interlacing discoveries that will bring delightful pause as you meander through the pathways that are bordered with colorful and thoughtful charm. Sit and reflect on the many benches provided while you breathe in the aroma. This is one of the wonderful jewels of Mount Desert Island that is located on the south-central part of the island in Northeast Harbor. Enjoy!!!
Asticou Azalea Garden
Portland Head Lighthouse, at the entrance to Portland Harbor in Maine, has a history that reads like a Who’s Who from the early years of the nation. It was the first lighthouse completed by the United States government, and is the most visited, painted, and photographed lighthouse in New England. Enjoy!!!
Portland Head Lighthouse
Hamilton's Pond was created in the early 1900's when that portion of Stony Brook was dammed for agricultural purposes. That area of the brook now flooded back was once clear, cold, and springy, holding brook trout. The pond is very shallow and choked with submergent and emergent aquatic vegetation and tree stumps, making good warm water species habitat.
The pond is located on Mount Desert Island, alongside Route 3, opposite the village of Salsbury Cove. There is a carry-in launch site for small boats off the Crooked Road causeway and the launch is also a popular site bank fishermen. Enjoy!!!
Hamilton Pond at Sundown
For this one I was trying to reach the top of Cadillac Mountain to photograph the sunset. I quickly noticed that everybody was heading that way also so I decided to follow the light and parked the car on the side of Park Loop Road and walked to this spot. Not sure of the name but I was there alone so I had this wonderful view just for me. Enjoy!!!
Sometimes you just have to "get low" in order to get the shot you want. For this one I did just that, got into the water and composed one shot I think is great. Look at the behind the scenes picture to see what it took to make this shot. Enjoy!!!
The community of Jurutungo is found deep in the central section of barrio Anón. Jurutungo is a Puerto Rican word that means "a place very, very far away, which is hard or tiresome to get to" However, it is not known if the populated place in Barrio Anón was named after the meaning of the word, or if the word developed as a result of how far away the community in barrio Anón is located. Enjoy!!!
One of the most recognized and photographed man made structures on Mount Desert Island is the arched wooden foot bridge in Somesville that sits next to the historic Selectmen’s Building - C. 1780. The bridge stands out so much that the view on the opposite side of the road, revealing Somes Harbor with Cadillac Mountain as the backdrop, can sometimes be missed. Enjoy!!!
Somesville, Maine-Walking Bridge
Established in 1808, West Quoddy Lighthouse is noteworthy in several ways. Despite its name, it is the easternmost beacon in the United States, one of only two U.S. lighthouses with red-and-white bands, and one of the first stations to be equipped with a fog bell and, later, a steam whistle.
During our visit to Acadia National Park we stayed in the Bar Harbor Area. We wanted to visit this lighthouse so we took the two hour drive to Lubec. During the road trip we traveled through the back roads of Maine and saw a really beautiful side of the State. Enjoy!!!
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
This one I took while on a 6 AM flight from San Juan to JFK, New York. The conditions were perfect...we just cleared some clouds during the initial ascent to reach cruising altitude. Also, I was sitting on the right side of the aircraft and was lucky enough to see the sunrise.
I shot this one with a 50mm lens with no filters attached to the lens, and that's the reason you can see a lot of sun flares that makes a pretty dramatic "sun explosion". Enjoy!!!
The cliffside Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park, located in the village of Bass Harbor within Tremont, Maine in the United States, marks the entrance to Bass Harbor on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island. The lighthouse was built of brick in 1858 on a stone foundation, stands 56 feet above mean high water.
Bass Harbor Head Light
It's been one year, a year of publishing one photo per day. Today I finish this journey and leave you a small slide show of one year in images...Enjoy and thank you for your support!!!
Un Año en Imágenes...
A year ago to the day, I took on a journey to take and publish one picture per day. Today, is the last day of that one year project. It was a bumpy ride full of challenges and learning experiences. It helped me reconnect with the craft of photography and to really get out there and photograph. Thank you for your visit and enjoy because I did!!!
Beauty Among Us
Orange Bishop in full nupcial colors looking to attract a mate. As you can see the male in breeding plumage is a striking orange-red with black cap. Enjoy!!!
Looking for a Bride
Taken as a thunderstorm moved on us while in Boquerón Beach in Puerto Rico. Had to be quick because I didn't have any weather protection for my equipment. Enjoy!!!
Pearly-eyed Thrasher is a common species. This bird is known in Puerto Rico to compete with the Puerto Rican Parrot for nesting cavities and predation of the eggs of this critically endangered species. Here's one that was patience enough to pose for a close up portrait. Enjoy!!!
Pearly-eyed Thrasher Portrait
So there I was...alone, the Majestic Caribbean Sea and me. Sun was slowly rising, calm wind blowing and my camera as my witness. Enjoy!!!
Capture of the always elusive Venezuelan Troupial looking at me for a second and then flying away. Beautiful bird but really hard to approach for a close up. Enjoy!!!
Located on top of 200-foot limestone cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse marks the south-west tip of Puerto Rico. Built in 1881 by the Spanish government, the Cabo Rojo Lighthouse (Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo and know locally as El Faro) uses the same building design as the Fajardo and Arecibo lighthouses. Enjoy!!!
Los Morillos Lighthouse
Remains of an old small boat dock as the sun checks out for the day. Taken at Playa El Combate (Combate Beach), Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Enjoy!!!
Old Boat Dock
Stunning sunset at Boquerón, Puerto Rico. I set up a long exposure for this one hopping to capture the clouds moving but they did not move much. Enjoy!!!
A striking black-and-white bird with very long, thin red legs, the Black-necked Stilt is found along the edges of shallow water in open country. Enjoy!!!