Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, May 16, 2011

#119 Boulder Beach

This is one of the most common compositions I've seen of Valugan Beach, yet I had to have one my own. Why? Because as I stood on its shores, savoring the cool sea breeze and the musty salt air, with the sun on my left and Mt. Iraya at my back, I found myself with a question stuck in my head: a scene with watermelon-sized rocks strewn along a deserted beach, how cometh thee?

Students of geology would have this to say: Take one active volcano, 2 parts hot lava flowing into the sea, 4 parts violent waves, and then pound, roll, and grind them against each other. Then continue for 500 years... until... da-da!'s the scene in our postcard today. How things cometh...the science is easy enough to understand. The real question probably isn't how, but rather why. And for that,  stare into the photograph and figure it out on your own. I'm just the messenger. Amen. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: To emphasize the boulders, I lowered my tripod to within a foot of the ground and selected a small enough aperture to keep the nearest boulder in focus. Then I metered off the brightest rocks which had turned golden from the light of the rising sun. I probably also had a GND filter to hold back the brighter sky. No Photoshop magic. Just the natural colors of creation.) 

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