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, March 11, 2013

#216 Bontoc at Sunset

The town of Bontoc in the Mountain Province is located in a sliver of a valley beside the mighty Chico river. At sunset, the valley glows golden from pregnant rice fields. And what a sight it is.

But you can tell progress is consuming Bontoc. In many places, concrete buildings have sprout where they used to plant rice... ensuring that a scene like this will soon be golden no more. Pack your bags and see it before it's too late. It's an 11-hour drive that will be worth your while. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: I've created panoramas before with a special lens on a tripod. It's the serious photographer's way to depict really wide scenes. But this is the first time for me to take up to 8 shots handheld, and then stitch them together with smart software. The final product isn't as sharp, I found several places where pixels have been stretched, but for purpose other than a fine art print, it does the job. Try it today.)

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