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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

#91 SeaShells by the SeaShore

Seashells by the Seashore?

We were on Puka beach, a relatively deserted strip of white sand on the northern-most tip of Boracay Island in Aklan (named after the Puka shells found along its pristine shore.)

I normally shun tourist traps selling wares from the sea, but brightly-colored-scallops-turned-hanging-decor caught my eye. Can it be...? The vendor insisted they're naturally-colored and indigenous. I've seen them before but skeptical they're found in the waters around Boracay. Back home and thanks to Google, indeed Philippine waters teem with the colorful varieties photographed above. A grand landscape may tell the best story but don't discount the small things you see along the way. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: I sharpen sparingly (because my old eyes can't tell the difference anyway, joke ) because somehow the glass I use produce pixel grain that don't sharpen very well. But this shot contained a lot of hard detail "that just begged to be sharpened". A few minutes using a new approach... bingo.. low edge-sharpening, high surface-sharpening. Greek? I know, I speak it too.)

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