Why do we climb mountains? Because it's there! (George Mallory, the first British mountaineer to attempt Mount Everest, albeit unsuccessfully.)
But for landscape photographers, mountains are a special lure because they offer unique vantage points to see the lay of the land. It's how we get a sense of the places we visit, by looking out "as far as our eyes can see." Near the top of Mt. Talama, in the city of Tabuk in Kalinga, we looked out to the town of Bulanao and its rice fields below. We knew rice is important to the people here, but its only when we're high-up, and surrounded by a seeming endless valley of rice paddies one misty morning, did we understand what that really meant. It's their life. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: To capture a grand landscape, a wide angle lens is my preferred poison. But when the view leading to the top is thick with foliage, may you be lucky enough to find a narrow gap among the trees for a telephoto lens. What you lose in sheer breadth is made up by the longer len's tendency to compress the scene in front of you, as in this case, making the rice paddies look closer to each other than they really are. That works too.
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