Fern relief

My Best Shot

November 20, 2005

The cruise out of Baltimore to the eastern Caribbean included a stop in Puerto Rico. Good news: Our side trip was to the rain forest in the center of the island. Bad news: The tour bus broke down just beyond the visitors' center. Having hiked the last mile to the center of the island, we faced a wait until a relief bus would arrive. My philosophy with a camera has always been to look up, look down and look under for unique shots. This photo, backlit by the sun, is of a leaf from one of the rain forest's hundreds of ferns.

--Jim Meacham Arnold

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