It started with a dream. I first visited the mountain town of Hungduan in the Ifugao province back in 2006. It was raining on that fateful day when, standing at one end of the valley, I looked up towards the mountains and imagined the possibilities. In my mind's eye, I imagined the entire valley bathed in the golden light of dawn, and yes it's harvest-time when sheaths of gold still clung to the fields.
In the years that followed I kept that dream alive, imagining further how dawn could play-out along its slopes, how the sound of gurgling water can envelope an entire valley, and where the mist of the night, rising at first light, can transform a landscape into a scene right out of a dream. Fast-forward five years and i'm anxiously standing on that very valley floor, wondering if everything around me was still just a dream. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: With the sun behind me, everything before me is bathed in wonderfully golden light. My shadow will be part of my composition today, a reminder that behind every dream is its dreamer.)
Where in the world is Hungduan in Ifugao?
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