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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.

Monday, September 6, 2010

#83 Planting Rice

Quick. The sun is about to set. Where should I point my camera? Anywhere but the sun! Huh?

We arrived in the city of Tabuk in Kalinga late in the afternoon.  Although we were exhausted from the trip we quickly changed into "full battle gear". The sun was about to set and we knew the light was going to be just wonderful. Photographing the setting sun is always an option, but just as it lights up the sky on its way down, it also lights up the rest of the land. Hurling its final rays across the landscape, where a lone farmer is planting rice in an open field, the color of the light can be absolutely golden. Ordinary colors can pop and sizzle like you've never seen them before! Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: Do you see all six dragonflies hovering over our lone farmer? I increased the size of this week's postcard by 20%, to 1,280 pixels on the long side. If you have a large high resolution monitor you'll see much MORE detail. Stare into the photograph long enough and you'll be transported into the scene, as if standing beside us as we raced to capture the fading light! Taken with my 180mm at f/4 to intentionally blur the background. Shutter speed? Fast enough to freeze them fluttering wings!)

Where in the world is Tabuk in Kalinga?
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ERRATA: My postcard last week GRASS IS GREENER was inadvertently numbered #83, it should have been #82. My translation of the name of that barranggay Caliit-liitan was also incorrect. Here I quote my resident Pilipino language guru Me-an Ignacio (thanks!): Hmm, I think "Caliit-liitan" literally means, "in the very essence/fiber/molecule". As in "Ang tiwala sa Panginoon ay nasa kaliit-liitan ng aking pananampalataya" = "My trust in the Lord is in the very essence of my faith". Or another synonym is "pinakasulok" or "pinakamaliit na bahagi".

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  1. It's amazing how you were able to capture the essence of the place. I've been to Tabuk a couple of times - I know there are things about the place worth remembering but I do not remember them LOL.

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