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, April 21, 2014

#275 Lake Taxi

What do you do when you need to get from point A to point B? Hail a cab, of course. But out here along the shores of Taal lake, you'll need to be a little more creative.

In the town of San Nicolas in Batangas, wading the shallow lake edge was out of the question. A few boats parked nearby were too small to fit two photographers and a boatman. Yet, we need to be somewhere else along this beautiful lake. We eventually found two boatmen with the right idea: put us on their tiny boat and push the boat along the shallow margins of the lake... in wherever direction we wanted to go. We got our shots and they got a nice tip. Enjoy.

(Pixel-Peepers: A good landscape shot needs a compelling focal point. I selected a composition with Taal volcano on the left and Mount Maculot on the right, but water lilies as my foreground lacked impact. Still, good things come to those who wait. A little later, as our boatmen came to fetch us, I sensed a better composition was coming together. Click.)

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