Some are shaped by nature, some by human hands. Some were felled by huge waves, others probably by man's necessity or greed. Immovable and resolute, they sit there like sculptures by the shore.
Why do I keep shooting them? I'm not really sure. Maybe because they are found in some of the most beautiful beaches in Sarangani. Shooting them could be just an excuse to be by the shore. They do make quite excellent foreground elements, I can't argue with that.
golden stumps [Malapatan]
My friends and I frequent two particular spots: one in Maasim and another one in Malapatan, both on opposite sides of the U-shaped Sarangani bay. Maasim conveniently faces the east (great for sunrise) and Malapatan, some 50 or so kilometers away on the other side, faces the west. Right smack in the middle is General Santos City, Manny Pacquiao's home town ( you probably have heard of him :-) )
one of those great mornings in Maasim
Our routine starts with a pre-dawn drive to Maasim for the sunrise. I live in Koronadal, another 70 km away from Maasim, so we have to wake up really early. By the time normal folks have their first cup of coffee, I am already soaking wet in sea water, with a big smile on my face as I stare at the beautiful sunrise. But its not always like that. Most the time we got rained on or get dull gray skies, not to mention a not-so-ideal tide. I then question why I do what I do. But I realize that's what makes it more special. These beautiful sunrises are like gems, they are precious because they are so hard to come by.
coastal garden [Malapatan]
The next few hours is then spent reviewing our shots, or planning for where to shoot the sunset. By mid afternoon we are on our way to Malapatan. Sometimes I feel that our sunrise and sunset sorties are just an excuse to drive along our coastal highway (Sarangani has some of the most beautiful coastal sceneries!).
3 sisters [Malapatan]
Like Maasim, Malapatan still has a good portion of its shore line dotted with mangroves, some large and old. Where there are mangroves, you'll find these "sea sculptures". Over time we have found several favorite spots in Malapatan.
Like sunrise, you don't always get the colors you hoped for in sunset. But its a dance I'm willing to do again, with the sea sculptures as silent witnesses to our failed or successful twilight shoot.
But some days, we do get lucky.