Last week I took an amazing journey down to El Yunque National Park in Eastern Puerto Rico, which is the only tropical rainforest in the US National Park System. I was down there editing and writing. It was just breathtaking. I had to share it with you! Please take a little journey with me now to experience it for yourself.
What can compare with the fresh, lush air of a rainforest? Looking up into the thick growth, it almost made me cry with joy looking at all the beautiful plants and exotic fruits. Maybe all the oxygen was going to my head. Tropical environments are my favorite type of topography, especially like this rainforest, where the plants and nature rule supreme.
Waterfalls: the symbol of abundance. That’s what the rain forest is all about! In the beginning of our journey (which included a 4-hour hike), it was raining and sunny alternatively- which is how a rainforest will naturally behave, I suppose. I like this picture because my poncho sort of blends into the waterfall. The closer we align to nature and the natural power of the universe, the more powerful we become.
Look at these gorgeous berries and shapes! As you look at these pictures, you’ll have to imagine the freshest forest air you can possibly inhale, the songs of many different birds chirping away, along with the Coqui and other froggies singing too, and interesting creatures running around. One was this little brown guy I saw that looked like a cross between a hedgehog and a squirrel, but with a triangle-shaped tail. Wierdly wonderful!
Prop roots of the Sierra Palm Tree. When you find red occurring naturally in nature, it is just majestic!
Doesn’t this forest just look so peaceful and joyful? It’s simply magical.
They say at El Yunque not to veer off the paths at all- the jungle is so thick it might very well swallow you up, and you won’t be able to navigate straight lines or find your way back to the trails. I respect the power of the rainforest- as I do the ocean, the mountains, and all forces of nature- and stuck to the trails! Plus, I wouldn’t want to trample or hurt the precious environment in any way.
Beautiful Bromeliads, which are members of a plant family known as Bromeliaceae.
Snails growing naturally on some trees along the path. I love their spiralized shape! Some cultures believe there is infinite power in the spiral shape.
Here’s the view from a high spot along our hike. As you can see, El Yunque is expansive! I hope you enjoyed our little tour of this magical, beautiful place, and it inspires your respect and awe of nature even more. Photos taken by Marty Stano, a new friend I met in Puerto Rico.