Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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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, February 28, 2011

#109 In Iraya's Shadow

We jumped into our van about an hour before sunset. Take us to Boulder Beach, I hollered. "Sir, which one?", my driver replied. There is more than one? Oops...

I've shot the sunset on Boulder Beach before, so I had a pretty good idea what to expect, where to stand, and in which direction to point my camera. As it turned out, Mt. Iraya is the huge volcano straddling the middle of Batan Island, with one foot on each of its eastern and western shores. The last time it erupted rocky lava flowed in both directions, and which over time the violent waves around Batanes polished into round boulders. The one on the western end is called Chadpidan, and this is where I was supposed to shoot the sunset. Fail. Enjoy. 

(Pixel-peepers: Chadpidan beach with Mt. Iraya in the distance, this wasn't my planned sunset composition. Shooting with the sun behind me, I casted my shadow onto the bouldered beach. We photographers don't have too many pictures of ourselves so they are treasured.) 

Where in the world is the Batanes?
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