Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines


Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

I try to post new images weekly from my travels across this beautiful land. If you like what you see, please leave a comment or two. Or write me a note, I'd love to hear from where you cometh. Enjoy. Bobby (bobbyw59@yahoo.com) Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

#1 Rapture at Dawn


From the coastal town of Burgos in Ilocos Norte and off the national highway, we drove 6 km into the middle of nowhere before hiking for 15 minutes up a trail. That trail eventually led us down onto reef flats at low tide. From there, we could hear pounding waves and the distinct aroma of the surf. We were near the sea for sure but could only guess its distance and fury. It was still only 4:30am. The moon was low on the western horizon, obscured behind a steep mountain cliff. Standing in the shadows of this cliff shortly before dawn, we pointed our cameras towards the direction of the rising sun, waiting for the miracle of a new day.

At first the sky turned pink, and then crimson, and then the layered clouds turned reddish orange, as they do when lit up from below. This was going to make a good sunrise photograph, I remember telling myself. But minutes later, a low but fast moving rain cloud blew in from the sea and dropped its payload on the horizon between us and the rising sun. As the sun peeked through, it lit up this now huge cloud from behind, turning the cool blue night sky into a rapturous orange glow. The sky in front of us was definitely on fire now, and in a way I've never seen before. Welcome to our 8th twilight safari. Enjoy.

28 comments:

  1. wow - congrats and thanks bobby for capturing and sharing beauty in your photos with awesome statements. wish you more power.

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  2. Thank you for sharing these breathtaking photos of our beautiful country. I'll share them via Facebook. Galing mo naman! May I ask for a compressed copy of your photos here? My email is adrian_san_juan@yahoo.com. Thanks. I am Fr. Adrian M. San Juan from Manila.

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  3. I love them all! You captured the real beauty of our country.

    Hope to see more. Thanks for sharing this.

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  4. Unbelievable scenery! I was there last month and thought the place have a huge potential for a sunrise shoot. This photo reinforced that conclusion! well done here.

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  5. It surely intensified my faith in Jehovah's beautiful creation! Wondering why people can't just leave in peace admiring the wonders of them all, and using them to show love to one another.

    You surely took marvelous photos which can make one's inner feeling of happiness help endure life's daily struggle to survive coz there's more to just pain and sorrow, sickness and death...... life itself is beautiful, thanks to God's gift that we can enjoy all these beauty of nature.

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  6. Sorry, but I didn't review my comment before I published it. Please correct the word "leave" to "live". How embarrassing!!

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  7. Thank you for bringing so much happiness for people who witness your beautiful photography.It's really awesome!It's a photography and geography 101 combined.Congratulation for a job well done!!!

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  8. Wow this is unbelievable! What a beautiful shot. Your pictures make me more proud to be a Filipino. Great job!

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  9. I'm inviting you to SOCSARGEN, allow me to be your host. You will find more back-to-nature subjects. Rue Ramas 0920-9516479

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  10. Thank you so much for these beautiful photos! Indeed the Philippines is a beautiful place. I am sharing these with my students who sometimes forget that the Philippines is a beautiful place because they are trapped in the urban jungle that is Manila.

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  11. Amazing photos!!!

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  12. Enchanting indeed!

    "I am thrilled by this scene, gives me a feeling as if God and His army is coming down from heaven..."

    Your masterpiece continues,"nakaka-addict mga kuha mo 'pre...salamat."

    Abe Marqueses
    Sison,Pangasinan

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  13. Hi Bobby,
    The photos do leave a nostalgic mark on me - am an amateur photographer myself, a Pinoy living outside the Philippines over half of my lifetime.
    May I suggest you also try some shots in the city (Metro Manila) itself. It would be good for promoting the Philippines which I think is part of your aim. We just sent some of our staff (Nigerians) to the Philippines for a conference in Manila. They did not have the chance to see the countryside but they came back very impressed about Manila.

    Cheers,

    Nonie David

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  14. wow! your shoots are fantastic! Awesome indeed!
    Thanks for sharing them to the world!
    This is the first time I came across them--thanks to a friend who proudly shared them. I really enjoyed seeing the beauty of the many God-given things to us Filipinos!
    May God continue to show you His gifts thru your lens!

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  15. Beautiful and breath taking! I am a Filipina living in Geneva, Switzerland for the past 19 years, your photography evokes a lot of nostalgia of our beautiful country. I can feel the love and beauty of God thru your photos and your very inspiring words. During my holidays in Manila, I do spend time to watch the sunset at the balcony in our house which is on top of the mountains in San Mateo, Rizal. I am at awe and in the very deep recesses of my feelings as I watch the different colours that is in the skies before the sun sets! It is God speaking to us! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs. Why not a calendar for the others who have no access to the web? May God bless you and continue to use you to show His great love for all of us to share and see.---AURORA

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  16. You're a true Filipino Artist, you shared your talents for us to love and appreciate our dear MOTHERLAND.... MABUHAY!
    J Santos 11/21/2009

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  17. This is perfection! An ultimate high!

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  18. thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures. come visit and photograph Bataan my hometown. We have plenty to offer a good photographer.

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  19. i love your pictures. i got goose bumps looking at them. thanks for sharing! you can never tell they're taken here in the Phil.

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  20. Thanks all for your support. We do have a beautiful country, what can I say? Please help me show the world to encourage tourism, it can only help our kababayans back home.

    And yes I will try to visit other places, maybe even your hometown, who knows? If you have any specific suggestions, please drop me a line: bobbyw59@gmail.com. Salamat. Bobby

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  21. Thank you for letting me see my beautiful country of birth.

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  22. Words are not enough to describe those sceneries. But awesome will probably will tell it all. Thank you, I am sharing it to my friends.

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  23. Fantastic and breathtaking sites. Am so proud to be a native of the Philippines. Thanks for sharing these photos. Explore the Philippines before touring any other country.

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  24. benny, W. Covina CaDecember 16, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Truly fantastic pictures,very artistic photographer. Thank you so much for sharing God's beautiful creations.

    benny, W. Covina Ca.

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  25. Thanks for sharing your pictures. I have seen some of these places but the way you composed it really made so much different. Philippines is truly beautiful. You are very talented.

    Mila

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  26. Continue posting and keep us all inspired, GB

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