1. Whang Od: the last mambatok
2. Buscalan farmer: stewards of the land
4. Mt Pulag Sunrise
5. Alabat Island
6. The Smelly One
We were on our way back to Kota Kinabalu from Kundasang when my wife and I decided to head the opposite direction to Ranau. We figured we still have a few hours to spare so we rented a van. A fellow tourist earlier mentioned a Rafflesia was already in the late bloom state (withering) in one of the parks there, but that was a few days ago, so I was not really expecting anything. Then somewhere along the highway we spotted a sign: "Rafflesia: first day bloom". Lady luck smiled on us! This may be the only time that I will have the opportunity to photograph this beauty. By the way, it does not really smell that bad at all. Maybe because it was the first day? A kid beside me complained to her mom: "Mom, I think the books lied, it does not smell bad!".
7. The Cable Car Ride
8. Manila Bay Sunset
9. The Coin Diver
10. Pulang Bato Falls
11. Lake Kabalin-an
12. Sarangani's sea sculptures
Whenever I have the chance to go home (my day job takes me far away from home), my friends and I often spend one or two mornings (or afternoons) by our favorite spots along the Sarangani coastline waiting for the perfect light. Our favorite subjects are mangroves, or for me specifically, remnants of what used to be huge and magnificent mangroves - nature's beautiful sculptures.
We don't always get good light. In fact we seldom see these fiery sunrises/sunsets. They say landscape photography is the supreme test of patience and endless source of disappointment. But we were tenacious.
Reward came one particular morning. We almost did not push through with the shoot. Most of the our usual shooting buddies were not available. There were supposedly just 3 of us, but one did not make it due to exceptionally heavy rains from where he was (some of us still has to travel an hour just to get to Sarangani). When my friend asked me if we'll still shoot even if we are down to two, I said yes. Heck, I'm already awake anyway so might as well make the trip one of our spots.
When sunrise came, we were more than happy we were there. For the first time since we started going to that place, we got the most amazing sunrise colors. The skies were ablaze you can almost cooked bbq with the warm colors - that's how my friend described it. Before heading home, we made sure to wake everyone else with text messages saying they missed a lot :D