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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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August 17, 2009

nagsasa cove: summer memories


Nagsasa Sunday Morning
Nagsasa morning

I am missing this cove terribly. The two summer weekends I spent there were enough for this place to become THE destination in Zambales, at least in my book. Surreal and pristine (for now) come to mind when I hear the word "Nagsasa".

I love waking up to the soft rhythmic splashes of the surf. I woke up early each day and head straight to Wild Horse Creek to wait for sunrise. The distant bare mountains glow to a golden brown as the first light of day falls upon them. It was a sight that mere photographs cannot easily show.

Nagsasa Dawn
dawn at Wild Horse Creek

I remembered the bangus (milkfish) catching frenzy one weekend that we were there. A typhoon ravaged the western coast, trashing the fish pens in the nearby province of Pangasinan. Close to a million bangus got freed and some (by "some" I mean several thousands) made their way to this cove and stayed near the shoreline. The locals just picked them off the water, literally. It was easy pickings for several days.

Nagsasa Cove:  Solitary
a lone fisherman after a night of bangus catching frenzy

I miss the backwoods of Nagsasa. Its a different world from the pine tree lined beaches that traces the cove. There you'll see a huge valley bordered by rolling green hills. "Its Marlboro country", a friend remarked.

Nagsasa Wilderness
Nagsasa wilderness

I spent one hot afternoon clambering up to one of the peaks and nearly lost my equipment, and my wits, trying to. Went down bruised and soiled but happy I was able to take a few photos from a different vantage point.

Nagsasa Backwoods
backwoods

There was no indication that this huge valley once served as a bombing range for US air forces during the time when Clark Air base was still nearby. Well maybe there is: a HUGE portion of the area is completely devoid of trees.

Nagsasa Cove: Frozen Shore
Nagsasa frozen sunset

And the best part of the days I spent there? Sunset. Beautiful sunset.

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7 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent, stunning photos as always! The gorgeous colors along with the many beautiful views always take my breath away.

Thanks as always for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

Sylvia

SandyCarlson said...

I am missing it, too--and I have never been there! Very lovely.

Gaelyn said...

I can see why this is a final destination for you. Especially like the sunset. Great captures.

Reader Wil said...

How beautiful! I understand that you love to be here. The photos are great and so is the text. Thanks.

Arija said...

Your photos are always wonderful, I wish I knew how you do that!

ladyfi said...

I would love to visit. These photos are just stunning!

Daene said...

Wow, your pictures are amazing! My friends and I went to Anawangin Cove this summer, but we couldn't figure out how to get to Nagsasa Cove, unfortunately.

This is a great blog you have here! Your pictures are making me want to travel again soon. :)

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