Bella Vida by Letty

My Obsession With the Sky Began in Puerto Rico

I think my obsession with the sky began in Puerto Rico as a young daydreaming girl in the backseat of my parents Nissan Sentra on our weekly road trips to visit my grandparents.  My father would take a different route each time.  Sometimes it was the bumpy cement highway zigzagging the island, forcefully cutting through giant mountains, pushing aside hundreds of acres of wild dark green making way for noisy metallic traffic flow.  The radio dial would flip between Salsoul 98 and Casey Kasem’s top 40, whenever an annoying song came on, to camouflage cacophonous highway sounds.  Passing the coastal towns of Canovanas, Rio Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo on one side, while on the other, we felt the grand depth and height of island’s mountainous interior.  Just beyond little towns dangerously perched on steep mountain tops the sky would provide entertainment and put on the greatest cloud coloring and shape changing shows you could never imagine.

Other times we would cut through the islands center via old, flat tire inducing, pothole laden roads criss crossing  towns with names like Gurabo, Juncos and Las Piedras.  Roads which twisted gracefully, rose precariously and dipped steeply causing awkward sensations in my tummy.  The belly of the  mountain was wet with humidity while at her heights cold whipping winds could make you tremble.  Growing impatient of her sticky embrace I would look up to catch glimpses of an orange, pink and blue sunset just beyond gaps in the canopy.

reflection of the sky among lotus flowers in a pond

reflection of the sky among lotus flowers in a pond

When I felt misunderstood

she was my witness

When I first fell in love

she was my witness

My skies were never empty

They were bursting with movement and shooting stars

She taught me how to paint

demonstrating how colors pop and fade away in different light

She taught me nothing is permanent

moments cannot be repeated

the sky is my witness

Today she is my muse, my connection to the universe, my comfort.  You will find her influence in my artworks, writings, photography and paintings.


Have you been to Puerto Rico?

Tell me what inspires your creativity.


“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”  Marcel Proust 

 “He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.”  Lauren Oliver

 “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  Rabindranath Tagore 

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”  Paul Brandt

 “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”  Jimi Hendrix

 “time is a tree (this life one leaf) but love is the sky and i am for you just so long and long enough” E.E. Cummings

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  • Jenn

    Amazing beautiful photos! We have never been but I want to go SO bad.

    • I hope you get the opportunity to visit and thank you.

  • Pam

    Love your photos. People like you inspire my creativity! This is a very inspiring post.

    I have never been to Puerto Rico.

    • Thank you. I hope you get the opportunity to visit.

  • Kelly Reci

    Beautiful Photos. I have not been to Puerto Rico, but my husbands Mother and father are from there. Ponce to be exact and he has visited and told me how beautiful it is there..

    • admin

      Thank you. It is beautiful. I hope you get the opportunity to visit.

    • Thank you. It is beautiful. I hope you get the opportunity to visit.

  • Marissa

    Clouds, sunsets, looking at the sky through tree branches. I love it all. Your images are beautiful.

  • Isabel Garcia

    You’re an amazing writer, Letty! From reading your post and seeing your lovely pictures of the sky, tells me of the peace you feel when observing the sky. Awesome post! 🙂

    • Gracias Isabel, you’re so sweet.

  • BohemianBabushka

    I’ve been to Puerto Rico and can picture perfectly your narrative, and knowing you, can see the skyline in your soul. Y como siempre- I’ll be reposting a quote of two. ; ) BB2U

  • Ninaonthemoon

    i have never been to Puerto Rico Letty, but I know that your Puerto Rican skies are the same that nurture and fulfill my visions. I loved the way your are able to express your love thru poetry

  • Maria Sinclair

    Truly amazing!! I have never been but it looks amazing!! Like a small gift from God!

  • I love this post is romantic