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Streams and Waterfalls

Puerto Rico's streams and waterfalls are home to freshwater crabs, freshwater shrimp, and giant crayfish. I've personally seen giant crayfish that exceed 12 in. in length. I call the shrimp, golden eye shrimp, because if you shine a light into the stream after dark, you can see millions of golden eyes shining back at you.

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This particular fall is in the center of the island.

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All photos shot by and copyrighted by me, Rex Cauldwell. Enjoy but do not copy without permission. Please read the text below since a couple minutes are needed for the photos to download.

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I dearly love waterfalls. I try to take a good enough photo as to have them look good when enlarged--as here. I have taken many hundreds of waterfall photos and as I have time to sort through I will add them here.

If you want to do what I do, wear shoes that can get wet and yet give you traction on the rocks. I always carry a 50-foot climbing rope to lower myself into areas that are too dangerous too walk or climb on without some kind of backup. Remember, you are back in the boonies--if you get hurt or lost there is no one to come to your rescue. You will need a good machete and soft leather gloves. Beware of the stinging plants--they are akin to the stinging nettles we have on the mainland. There are little barbs on the front of the leaves.

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I've always had a passion of getting a fantastic shot of a rainbow coming out of a waterfall. This, of course, isn't it--this one is OK but is not as good as I want. But in rainbows, what you see is what you get (if you're lucky).

Many areas where they are--are hard to find and harder to get to. It took a lot of work and climbing to get this one. I had to climb a tall vertical rock wall with a waterfall flowing over it to get to the pool. I had to throw the tripod up and into the pool at the fall's base since I needed both hands for the slippery climb.

I did have a great rainbow shot once--the rainbow was so bright coming out of the fall that it looked painted on. I took the shot but later fell over a waterfall and into the pool below with the flim in my pocket. I survived by the film was ruined. Sigh.



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If you ae lucky enough to find this waterfall, there are all kinds of places to take good pictures. Almost every angle is a good shot. Hopefully, you have brought some lunch because it is a good place to picnic. You will note a very dark-colored area on the rock as you slide down into the stream--this is as slick as ice, so be careful.

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This one's deep in the jungle. I'm not telling where it is. You need to go explore and find a few on your own anyway.

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