The Seeds of Tabebuia rosea

This post will be about the seeds of Tabebuia rosea, also called Roble blanco, Pink poui, and Rosy trumpet tree. This tree is very common in P.R., and is now fruiting all over the metropolitan area where I live. I already wrote a post about this tree here. The long and slender fruit capsules can…

Into White

  White Water Lily (Nymphaea alba), also known as the European White Waterlily, White Lotus, White Water Rose or Nenuphar, is an aquatic flowering plant of the family Nymphaeaceae. White is not really a color. It occurs when the whole spectrum of light is seen together or when red, yellow and blue colors are mixed.…

The Road Not Taken

This is a video I was interested in sharing with you, because I think it’s a Buddhist interpretation of “The Road Not Taken”, a well known poem by Robert Frost. What does this have to do with tropical flowers, probably nothing, except that the poem does bring the term “undergrowth” which is subject to different interpretations.…

When in Doubt, Even the Ocean Converges

This post is going to be mainly philosophical. This image has significant barrel distortion due to the lens I used which was a 15mm, which is equivalent to 24mm in a full size sensor camera, and it obviously gives the horizon a rounded look. I did this deliberately, yet, what I mean by “When in…

The Sun at Northern Biscayne Bay after September Equinox

I would like to share some sunrises I was finally able to photograph from a 28th floor in Miami, Florida, in the U.S.. They were photographed at Northern Biscayne Bay. “Biscayne Bay (Bahía Vizcaína in Spanish) is a lagoon that is approximately 35 miles (56 km) long and up to 8 miles (13 km) wide located on the Atlantic coast of South Florida, United States.”-http://bit.ly/zWKL3d  The…

Green Iguana Listed on the CITES Appendix II

Although I don’t believe there should be trade of any animal species whatsoever in the first place, the CITES organization exists precisely because such trade continues to occur and appears to be legal with the proper licenses and procedures. The following information is not meant to endorse or promote such trade, but to educate about its existence, and…

The Puerto Rican Tody (Todus portoricencis) and a Taxonomic Error

The Puerto Rican Tody (Todus portoricencis) Photo used with permission by Ernesto Burgos © All Rights Reserved.  The Puerto Rican Tody is a Tody endemic to Puerto Rico. Despite is scientific name, “Todus mexicanus”, it is not endemic to Mexico. It is commonly known locally as “San Pedrito”. The Puerto Rican Tody is green with deep yellow flanks, a tinge of blue on the border…

Three Generations in Retrospective

I’ve been able to observe three generations of this fascinating animal who is the subject of prejudice, persecution, and myth as an “invasive species”.  My heart feels with joy as I have been able to educate myself and others to accept this animal unconditionally as part of our Puerto Rican ecosystem. I’d like to thank…

Macro Shots with a 25mm Extension Tube and a Monopod

I recently ordered a tube extender as an additional accessory  to the 70-200mm and 100-400mm zoom lenses that I own. The reason was that the tube extender would allow me to use these lenses to get even closer to my subjects, but at the same time keep a good distance away from them, something that doesn’t…

Back in Puerto Rico Again

I’m back from my trip to Florida, and the first place I visit is the botanical garden. It’s my favourite hangout. It’s like a little rainforest in the middle of San Juan where plush vegetation flourishes year ’round, and all of the Green Iguanas have been protected from human predation there. The administration has been very…

The Curiosity that Almost Killed the Manatee?

In this trip to Florida, I was faced with a rather depressing sight; Florida Manatees swimming amidst propeller-driven boats in a canal. I was immediately distressed about this situation, and did some research as to what has been said in general about Manatees. Manatees are extremely docile in nature. They are slow moving animals, unlike…

The Puerto Rican Siguana’s Sixth Sense?

I found a great PDF about why do serpents and lizards have forked tongues and thought of sharing it with you.  As to Why Snakes Have Forked Tongues has to do with the ability to sample the environment simultaneously with their two-point tongue from a chemical path which provides an instant assessment of a trail location…

A Closer Look at the Alpha Male Green Iguana

Alpha Male Green Iguana in Water 1/1000,  f/4.0,  ISO 100, @200mm Green Iguanas are excellent swimmers, but when there’s an alpha male that has taken over a pond, he will be the only one you will see swimming in it. It is because of his tyrannising and aggressive nature towards the other males during breeding season that he expends…

The Promise of the Urban Monarch

Hundreds of silky puffs float in the air from Calotropis procera (Apple of Sodom fruit). They look like tropical snowflakes all over the air. The puffs contain a minute individual seed that detatched from the large coniferous seed pod. ISO 400, f/11, 1/240, @100mm Monarch chrysalis clings on split branches, showing the resilience of its…

Caterpillars Thrive in the Midst of Urban Chaos

Monarch Caterpillar feasting on Sodom Apple leaves and thriving under hostile settings in the midst of traffic, wind, and limited space. The place where this Apple of Sodom Plant is situated is in a very narrow cemented terrain in between two roads, each leading to opposite directions. ISO 400, 1/80, f/10, @60mm The Apple of…