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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.

Monday, April 26, 2010

#64 A View from Lignon Hill

Once known for its perfect cone, Mayon is the most active volcano in the country today.

We flew into Legaspi City in Albay and were greeted by the most incredible view of Mayon from the air. Up close, the first thing you realize is how massive this volcano really is.  Its fuming cone and bulging ridges are testament to both its violent origins and its future menace to those who live in its shadow. The perfect cone itself is gone but the scars of past eruptions remain. Do you see the dark trail of scorched earth meandering from the volcano's tip all the way down to the rice fields below?  That was the path of the lava flow. Those among us who are not privy to Mayon’s destructive past marvel at its beauty today.   How anything can be so destructive yet beautiful, that's the paradox of our times. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Early afternoon light is usually too harsh but the surprisingly three-dimensional look of this photograph can be explained by the presence of side-lighting. Me thinks that huge plume of steam coming out of Mayon acted like a giant reflector, illuminating the landscape with horizontal light, giving it that added sense of depth and enchantment. 28mm at f/8, polarized and gray-balanced. Enjoy.)

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  1. Thank you for your generosity. What wealth you share with us all!

  2. the image, as always is awesome! The added tip, was very nice of you!

  3. one gorgeous shot,love this!

  4. so beautiful. Wondering how can i get your pics for my postcard.

    Thanks much.


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