The boat ride was as surreal as the previous one. The glow of the bioluminescent phyto-planktons was masked by the bright moon, but this time the surf glowed an eerie neon green. As we entered the cove the wind picked up a bit, making the last few minutes of the boat ride bumpy. It was weird looking up at the so peaceful sky, not a cloud in sight, then returning your gaze to the scornful sea.
We were the first group to arrive there, but more will be coming soon. Another large group of 18 photographers, inspired by photos of our previous trip, will be in Nagsasa by noon. Our boatman is going to Pundaquit to fetch yet another group. Nagsasa is indeed getting more popular.
After pitching my tent I hurried to the backwoods. Dawn is breaking and I have yet to scout my POV.
After breakfast we hiked to the falls on the southern end of the cove. I took some IR photos on the way.
The waterfalls has swollen this time. The smaller cascades are more defined. I ended up trekking 3 times to the falls that weekend, acting as guide for different groups. A fellow photographer mentioned its "punny" to call the falls "H2O falls" - a name that would simply translate to "water" falls.
By mid-afternoon, while most were snoozing in their hammocks, I went around Wild Horse Creek. It was surprising that with all the photographers now in the cove (there were 45 of us there that weekend, the largest so far according to the campsite caretaker) I had the Wild Horse Creek practically to myself.
The warm sun seemed to make the grasses on the nearby hills glow. The scenery transported me to another place, far from the tropical Philippines I am very accustomed to.
At dusk the display of colors was subtle yet impressive. Everything went still as darkness gained upon the fading colors of the day.
stillness of Nagsasa's dusk
I went back to the campsite after dusk, tired but happy that I was able to get several keepers. I was planning to do some night shots later, the clear star studded sky would produce very nice star trails during long exposure. But lying in a hammock with the gentle evening breeze caressing my face proved too soothing. Soon I was on my way to dreamland.
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