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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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February 3, 2014

baguio: chinese new year sunrise in mines view


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Just because a destination is a well-trodden ground, featured a million times and shot to infinity, does not mean it does not have anything new or exciting to offer. You just have to know when to go there. Timing is key.

To say that Baguio is touristy destination would be an understatement. There is nothing wrong with it. But expect to see hordes flocking to all  attractions within the city. You could not turn a corner without seeing someone having their posterity photos taken. Factor in a long weekend or holiday and the number of visitors quadruples. Accommodations become scarce and buying a simple bus ticket turns into a challenge.

So imagine this: Chinese New Year, long weekend, and single-digit temperatures (a rarity in a tropical country). Everyone now has 3 excuses to head up to Baguio. Including me of course. Luckily I was able to secure a ticket for a midnight trip and was in Baguio before dawn with plenty of time to spare for shooting the sunrise. I headed straight to the place I knew I would get a good view of the rising sun: Mines View Park.

An unimaginable number  of visitors go to Mines View Park for the view. Ironically, hardly no one goes there during the time of the day when you can see the best view: dawn. I practically had the whole place to myself when I got there.

Mines View Twilight
Mines View twilight

Soon a couple of groups arrived, a couple of minutes later after the colors were bursting, but still in time for sunrise nonetheless.

Mines View Sunrise Viewers 1
the lucky few

Mines View Sunrise Viewers 3

Mines View Sunrise Viewers 2

And what's really nice about twilight is that no two are the same. So you can keep going to the same well-trodden ground and see something different each time.

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The Islander said...

Wow! Really.. just WOW! The first photo especially. The fogs blanketing the strata of mountains looks very tranquil and calming.

Lantaw said...

Thanks :). it was a great morning, quite chilly but worth the view. Its the best time to enjoy mines view

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