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 ( Join this group to receive new postcards weekly or become a fan of my Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

#37 Shaft of Light

We all know what a strangler tree does. It starts out as a vine on a forest floor. Then it climbs high up a host tree and drops its roots down to the ground. As its roots thicken and multiply, the host tree is eventually strangled and rots away, leaving a hollow core around a convulated mass of roots.

But in Baler Aurora, we found a story that didn't end there.

We went to see the biggest living tree there, a strangler as well, but this one continued to drop new roots until it became a monster. They say at least 50 people holding hands are needed to circumnavigate its entire breadth.

We found a group of children innocently playing nearby. Coupled with a stray shaft of sunlight, we found a composition worthy of the largest living thing in Baler. Enjoy.


  1. These are really great shots. But this Balete Tree is actually not in Baler, but in Maria Aurora, Aurora Province.

  2. Ohmilord, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for showing the Philippines in such a beautiful light! I will definitely spread news of your blog around. Again, thank you.

  3. Awesome. You captured the beauty of the Philippines, makes me envy you in a good way. The photo with the kids reminds me of my childhood, which was partly spent roaming in the wilderness. Thank you for sharing your works of art.

  4. This is amazing...i got to see this when i come home...thanks

  5. The tree roots are looking more alive than I look I can see images within...on the right for example I can see two arms with the hands holding the bunches of leaves...beautiful did you put those high lights on the children...the spot light I mean...

  6. Awesome photo. It breaths LIFE!


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