Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

Welcome, welcome 'o weary traveler... from where do you cometh? Are you seeking new lands to conquer, perhaps planning a visit to the Philippines? Or are you simply feeling home-sick and hungry for photographs of home? Whatever, feel free to look or share. An adventure awaits.

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, September 26, 2011

#138 Kissed by the Sun

When it rains all night, expect to see a fog-covered landscape the next day.

Ok, that may not always be true but in my years of travel to these terraced hills, I've lived by that rule. The trick to catching the fog-rise was to wake up earlier than the sun. You see, the hills can get real cold and damp when it rains all night. The next morning, kissed by the sun, the ground warms up and any moisture just at its surface goes airborne. Instant clouds. But here's the real kicker: keep an eye on the valleys in-between the hills. That's where rivers normally live. There's a lot more moisture above those places that can suddenly rise out of nowhere, and take on the shape of the river itself. Click. Enjoy

(Pixel-peepers: The sun had been up for a while but was now obscured by thick clouds. Most of the low-lying fog had all but dissipated when suddenly this whiff of a cloud appeared out of nowhere, and not surprisingly just above a valley floor. Even if it looks like you've photographed it all, keep your camera on hand for that unforeseen opportunity!) 

Where in the world is Hungduan in Ifugao?
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