From Kapispisan Island in Aklan, we headed towards a nearby fish pen for a quiet dinner under the stars when our boat suddenly stalled. The tide had dropped so low that we literally scraped the lake's muddy bottom. We're stuck somewhere in the middle of this lake! The shoreline was still quite a distance off, as you can tell in the photograph. Images flashed through our minds... you mean we have to wade all the way back to shore? Will we be able to get there before dark? What about our gear? And dry socks?
It was an "oh God moment", but life often has a way of lifting us out of our misery. By this time, the sun had dropped below the horizon and lit-up the dusk sky around us. Low flying clouds turned a bright orange and the sky, a brilliant blue. Now who has the time to worry about getting home when the moment calls? We quickly assembled our gear and went to work, with the ensuing silence interrupted only by mechanical clicks and an occasional muttering of awe. You just have do what you need to do, life will take care of itself. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: There was no place on a shifting boat to plant a tripod, so the next best thing was to shoot with high ISO and set apertures nearly wide open. It's not ideal, but it's the difference between getting the shot, or not.)
(For those in suspense, our host sent another boat to divide the load, lifting our boat just high enough to return to shore. I told you life usually works out.)
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