Perils of Paradise


Window decals are marginally effective in preventing birds from attempting a fly-through.  I liked the humor in the “Beware Paradise” sticker adhered to the sliding balcony door in our room at the Gran Melia in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.   I don’t know how many birds it has saved, but hopefully the warning has prevented vacationers from succumbing to the hazards of Paradise.

Hazards?  Well, at a resort like the Gran Melia in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, these hazards might easily include an uneven sunscreen application and brain freeze from slurping your frozen daiquiri too quickly. But, I’d rather consider more natural perils awaiting the unwary traveler:

Like bumping into a palm tree,





while stumbling over one of these beached coconuts.





Or the paradisaical peril of wasting your time by following a hermit crab wherever it wishes to go

while watching egrets fly to parts unknown…

While losing yourself completely -for a few moments at least, on a wander down a deserted beach…


Updated from September 13, 2010.
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7 Comments to Perils of Paradise

  1. This was now indeed a relaxing walk in paradise! Thanks for sharing and for the beautiful pictures, Heather!

  2. Those are great dangers, Heather. Natural beauty, spontaneity, a sense of wonder, tranquility, But I think I could summon up the courage to face them.

  3. Oh!! The birds are educated to read the warning.

  4. I could benefit from the window decal. I’ve been known to walk into glass doors on several embarrassing occasions with witnesses around, and trip over coconuts in addition to other things…

    gorgeous beach shot at the end!
    Looking forward to reading more

  5. Sounds like the kind of dangers that are fun!

  6. Thanks Susanne. You capture the tropics so well in your photos. Beach settings are always so welcome to those of us situated so far inland! Always something new to see…
    Nothing Profound: Me too. Frequently, if not daily!
    Rainfield: That must have been it! Of course they flew directly to more of the same, ha!
    Mary: Glad I’m not the only one! I totally missed the seat when I sat down to do pull down lats at the gym last week. There’s no sticker for that, unfortunately!
    One of the Guys: Those are definitely my kind of dangers!

  7. Love the “warning paradise” sticker as well. Wonder if the birds put it there themselves…

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