Posters - Deep forest exploration - Rio Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit) - El Yunque PR:
This amazing image is in the cloud forest in the beginnings of the river stream. The wonder is how much life can grow on a rock! There are many bromeliads, ferns, moss, baby sierra palms and remains of many branches - these act as feed to the plants roots.
On top we see a Sierra Palm branch, and other palm trees all over the background, and a dead broken palm trunk in the center. Note how few light rays reach the boulder.
This is not unique here - many if not most boulders of any size have a forest on top of them!
Note: all these images were taken from 2014-2015 before Hurricane Maria in 2017, thus they are of historic value since the forest was totally changed. These explorations started from the Tradewinds (14km) trail and covered over 20 days in the forest following the path of the river.
This major river of El Yunque has a large shallow basin, were a very rich and deep forest of incredible variety grows, with many boulders in its way. For a long time the river flows below the boulders in the sand, then as it joins other streams it eventually surfaces to a full sized river.
It later joins Rio Grande to cover a watershed of 67 sq. miles, then meanders to the ocean. In the end it crosses the golf courses of St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and Trump Intl. golf clubs.
Here we document how this river is born in the deep forest of El Yunque. Some images are in the Tradewinds trail in the region around the basin of this awesome river. It later crosses road 186 or El Verde, were there is a waterfall and ponds within some large boulders.
I am so glad to share this unique wonder with all and specially with the Puerto Ricans in the mainland and anywhere else.
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