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!!!
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 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!!!
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
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!!!
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!!!
"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 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!!!
The Guajataca Tunnel is right in between the towns of Isabela and Quebradillas near Rt.2. This is a very scenic location, great for taking photographs. If you’re with your loved one, take a romantic walk along the beach and through the tunnel, you will have some pretty scenery as the background on your photo memories. The sounds and sights of the ocean surf against rocks along the shore is very relaxing and adds to the romance of this place. Enjoy!!!
A Great Spot
This is where it all comes together. This is where unforgettable family fun meets restaurants that don’t just make you say “Yum,” but “Wow.” The one place where the dining tastes of every member of the family and entertainment everyone can enjoy all intersect. It’s everything you’re looking for. And anything but ordinary. Universal CityWalk®. Enjoy!!!
Orlando's Entertainment Hotspot
This rustic tavern is where visitors to Hogsmeade™ come to dine on hearty fare. The restaurant serves the "Great Feast Platter," fish and chips, shepherd's pie, soup, salads, pumpkin juice and Butterbeer™, plus tasty desserts including apple pie and chocolate trifle. Enjoy!!!
Beautiful Maho Beach in St. Marteen. Here is one one the few places in the world where you can spot planes due to the proximity of the airport to the beach. This is really a thrill that should be in your bucket list. Enjoy!!!
I Want to be There!
Nothing better than watching the sunset for that perfect day's end. Enjoy!!!
Perfect Day's End
Looking up the multi-story Amrerican Atrium, glass elevators and huge murals cover the other walls. This mighty space is the center of all things fun and fantastic on the Carnival Valor. Enjoy!!!
On my recent trip to El Yunque Rain Forest, I had the opportunity to really connect with nature and to photograph a couple of water streams. I got almost knee dip to capture this shot, it was refreshing and worth it. Enjoy!!!
So today we went to El Yunque Rain Forest located in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. We hit the trails and took a dip in La Mina waterfall, it was cold!!! Overall we had a great time and was a really special because we spent some quality time as a family and connected with nature as well. Enjoy!!!
Alejandro and myself taking a well deserved time off to bond and just have fun. You're probably asking yourself: who took this picture? Well---the answer is, my wife Grisel. As you can see, she's got some skills! Enjoy!!!
Due to the unique proximity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with plane spotters. This is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flightpath just outside the end of the runway. Watching airliners pass over the beach is such a popular activity that daily arrivals and departures airline timetables are displayed on a board in most bars and restaurants on the beach, and the Sunset Bar and Grill has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport's control tower.
Sign warning passers-by about the risks of jet blast.
Arriving aircraft must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of Runway 10 due to the short runway length of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at minimal altitude.
There is a danger of people standing on the beach being blown into the water because of the jet blast from aircraft taking off from runway 10. The local government warns that closely approaching and departing aircraft can "result in serious injury and/or death". An additional fence has been added recently behind runway 10, in order to prevent people from hanging onto the main fence surrounding the runway to experience being blasted by the jet flow.
The beach itself is white sand and has little to no vegetation because of jet blast erosion. Enjoy!!!
The Plane...The Plane!
When photographing landscapes I'm always looking for that element that although is out of place, it makes a great addition to the composition. I tried to keep this one as minimalist as posible while creating balance throughout the entire frame.
Here's another shot of Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom. This is truly one magical place and structure. The amount of detail and the care taken to light the castle makes it the most recognizable landmark on Disney.
It's been a while since I did anything in black and white. I went down to The Slot diving spot in Guantánamo Bay and thought about doing a long exposure with a B+W 10 stop neutral density filter--- I was after the silky look of the water as well as the movement of the clouds.
When doing my post processing I did a conversion to black and white and also cropped the image so that the naturally ocurring "S" shape will be accentuated. I'm pretty happy about the results!
Drama at The Slot!
When visiting Disney we usually arrive when the parks open in the morning. We visit almost every corner there is to see, grab lunch and head back to the hotel to take a power nap---This is essential to recharge your batteries and head back out to appreciate the night life inside the parks.
Photographing at night is better because there is less guests visiting and walking around and potentially in front of your camera. It is also a great idea to use an extremely wide angle lens to be able to get really close to your subject.
For this shot I used my D700 with a Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 @ 14 mm to get really close and avoid any humans in the frame. It's also important to point out that when using such lens you have to be careful because they produce a lot of distortion. In this case, I like the effect created by the lens.
Rocking Roller Coaster
I've never done a mega post of pictures, so here I go!
While stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba I took my camera and took advantage of the opportunity and snapped pictures around the bay. I have to say that the skies over GTMO are pretty strange. Rarely you will see clouds and when present they will be pretty high up in the sky. Sunsets were for the most part boring but I did manage to took some amazing scenes.
Sunset at "The Slot"