Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, April 4, 2011

#113 Race to the Top

The beauty of being an observer is that you can see what everyone else is doing, without being too busy doing it yourself.

I was on the slopes of Mt. Pulag, more specifically on my way down its slopes, at a time when everyone else was headed towards the top. Around me, it was pitch black with just a deep blue sky studded with an infinite twinkle of stars. On the slopes, over a hundred trekkers braved the cold, and the climb, to reach the summit before the sun crests. And as fate would have it, many followed alternate routes to the top, creating a spectacle that looked like a bunch of luminescent snakes crawling up a hill. Now would I have witnessed this if I had been busy scaling the summit myself? Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: This shot almost couldn't be made. But thanks to modern technology, with my shutter open for 30 seconds and f/2.8 on ISO 3200, I was able to capture just enough detail for Photoshop's Curve command to do the rest.) 

Where in the world is the Mt. Pulag in Benguet?
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