Verdant hills dramatically lit from above... a stairway to heaven? Ok, that's an exaggeration.
We were stalking the dawn's colours at the Banaue Rice Terraces, but today there wouldn't be any. The sun was not to be seen, draped & muted behind unusually thick clouds. I thought we'd need to be pretty lucky to see even a single shaft of sunlight anywhere. And that's when the heavens revealed they've been listening. As the sun rose higher, a corridor of sunlight somehow found it's way to the landscape below. It lit up the terraces... at first... just along its edges... until gradually... entire steps are revealed. Lit from above, the effect was electrifying. For us landscape photographers, it certainly looked like heaven. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: Sunrise comes late in the terraces because the sun has to clear the mountain tops before light can reach into its valleys. That's the right time to be there. And if you know where it rises, and can imagine the effect it can create on the three-dimensional landscape in front of you, you've also discovered the right place. Viola!)
But wait, there's more...
For those who've inquired about buying prints of my postcards, you may purchase them directly from master printmaker Arnel Murillo (email@example.com), one of the country's foremost fine-art printmakers. Arnel uses archival inks and museum-grade paper to ensure his prints will not fade. You will not be disappointed. (All my images are provided gratis to help showcase the beauty of our country. But if you feel generous, help me uplift the lives of the Children of Payatas. No donation is too big or too small. Get in touch with Fr. Aldrin Suan at firstname.lastname@example.org of the Vincentian Missionaries in the Philippines. As always, thanks and enjoy.)
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