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, October 24, 2011

#142 Writing's on the Wall

The writing's on the floor. Hey, don't you mean "the writing's on the wall"? Well yes, but unfortunately in today's postcard, the writing's really on the floor, on "a concrete slab of a floor" just to the bottom right-hand side of the photograph. But bear with me...

I awoke before sunrise and headed up the Hungduan Terraces towards a pregnant field awaiting harvest. My guide led me up the slopes along a narrow trail, most of which looked like the concrete path you see above. The light was absolutely golden, and in my trance and haste trying to catch every single scene, I forgot to clasp my waist pouch properly, and promptly dropped one of my rare prized lenses. I heard a spine-tingling thud and then saw my lens roll towards the slab's edge, towards a turbulent stream of rushing water about a meter below where I stood. Luckily, my guide lunged at & saved it just in time. Lesson learned? If you're not careful, it will cost you a big tip! Life goes on. Enjoy. 

(Pixel-peepers: Shooting in the direction of the sun can reduce the contrast of your photograph and cause lens flare, but what the heck, I had to remember that fateful spot for posterity.)

Where in the world is Hungduan in Ifugao?
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