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Heliconia Standleyi.
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A photo history of the Heliconia Trail…

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We began to purchase our first heliconia rhizomes in January of 2010 and nurtured 122 of them in pots. The last 66 of that group is shown in the photo below after being taken out of the greenhouse and readied for planting in November of 2010. To those, we added others that were placed directly into the ground. Altogether, 280 heliconias comprising 28 species and 80 varieties were planted in November of 2010 through January of 2011.

 

The last of the potted heliconias on the way to be planted.
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Civilization, ho!
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Heliconia stricta ‘Orange/Yellow Peru’, our first heliconia variety to bloom.
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An inflorescence of a heliconia stricta ‘Orange/Yellow Peru’.
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Stakes mark the positions for planting Royal Palms within the preexisting clear-cut area.
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Planting a Royal Palm (Roystonea borinquena), endemic to Puerto Rico.
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Some of the newly-planted Royal Palms with potted gingers positioned for planting.
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Preparing Paradise Island for further planting of birds of paradise.
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A white bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).
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Anthurium ‘Otazu’.
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Building the entrance to the Heliconia Trail.
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The trail first passes a natural rock formation.
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The team at work.
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Augusto, Alberto, Iván and Luke.
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Not a chain gang, just looks like one!
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The trail after the application of crushed rock.
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A giant tree fern (Cyathea arborea), native to the Puerto Rican rainforest.
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The trail through Bromeliad Island.
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A view of El Yunque Peak under a cloud cover.
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A distant view of the river as seen from the rim of the canyon.
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A view of the trail and its water channel.
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The trail coming down to El Mirador Rock.
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The trail down to El Mirador Rock (left) and the Heliconia Forest (background).
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A side trail to the Cara de Indio Rock (left).
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The stairs leading down from El Mirador Rock.
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Crushed rock, which was applied to the surface of the trail.
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The crushed rock recently applied to the trail.
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Applying crushed rock to the trail.
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A closer view of applying the crushed rock to the trail.
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The trail to the Heliconia Forest as seen from above.
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Looking down the trail to the Heliconia Forest.
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Working on the trail to the Heliconia Forest.
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Luke, building stairs of rocks collected on the property.
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The stairway down to the Heliconia Forest.
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Another view of the stairway.
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The finished stairway.
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Iván, the contractor.
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Alberto, building the trail through the Upper Heliconia Forest.
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Augusto, a farmer and the salt of the Earth.
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The stairway in the distance.
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A small stairway leading further down in the Heliconia Forest.
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The view looking south on the same trail.
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The view to the north.
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Arriving again at El Mirador Rock. The trail to the river descends at the left.
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The stairway leading down to the Lower Heliconia Forest and the river.
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The Lower Heliconia Forest before trail building.
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The trail down to the river, with a heliconia and a white anthurium on the right.
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The Cara de Indio Rock (right) marks the entrance into the canyon.
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A wild orchid growing amid moss on a rock.
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The Cara de Indio Rock as seen looking up the trail.
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The trail down the canyon to the river.
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Looking up at an old mango tree with multiple trunks.
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The terrain about midway down to the river.
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A view of the river from the trail.
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The trail to the river before the application of crushed rock.
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A view looking up the trail.
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A view looking down the trail.
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A view of the river from the trail.
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Another view of the river from the trail.
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At work on the trail.
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The descent to the river.
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A view downriver from the hill above.
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A view upriver from the same hill.
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The end of the trail.
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Arrival at the river. At right are two Traveler’s Palms (Ravenala madagascariensis).
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A view of the river looking downstream.
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A view of the river looking upstream.
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