mangroves

Ruins of Miraflores Magazine and Isla Grande

As mentioned in my last post on Santurce Graffiti, this is part 2 of a Photo MeetUp shoot we did a few weeks back.  After having covered the Street Art of the area, Abandoned US Navy Hanger in Isla Grande, Santurcewe moved over to the Isla Grande area which is also part of Santurce.

 Isla Grande-

Isla Grande is also very close to Old San Juan and had been used by the Spanish military, very early on.

Though Isla Grande was originally an island, it and the surrounding mangrove swamps were filled in to accommodate the construction of the WWII San Juan Naval Air Station.

Prior to WWII and the arrival of the US Navy, it was the home of Puerto Rico’s first international airport operated by Pan American Airways.  Later, after the exit of the Navy, the Air National Guard would work from the same airstrip. Alternate View, Abandoned US Navy Hanger in Isla Grande, SanturceSmall aircraft still fly in and out of it, but FAA suspended tower services a couple years ago.

A buddy of mine used to work there.

The Photo MeetUp group stopped briefly at an old Navy hanger to get some ground shots.  It’s featured in a photo on Wikipedia.  It was a huge structure with several smaller buildings next to it.  One had become home to several bats.  Abandoned metal buildings like this pepper the Puerto Rican countryside.

Then we moved onto the main event. Continue reading

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The Guánica Dry Forest Reserve

Milk Weed Flowers and Seed Pod in Guanica, Puerto Rico

Bosque Seco De Guánica,
An International Biosphere.

This destination was on my original hit-list…

The 10,000 acre Reserve is home to over 600 species of plants and animals including 48 endangered species of which 16 are endemic to Puerto Rico (per Wikipedia).

Trivia/History- Guánica’s large enclosed bay on the Southwest coast is where the US first invaded Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War of 1898. This landing gave them a foothold to proceed overland to Ponce, then onto Coamo where the fighting ended. Continue reading

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