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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 19, 2014

la trinidad: strawberry fields forever


Strawberry pickers

Mention "strawberry fields" and a first time visitor in Baguio would be excited. A jaded have-seen-what's-there-to-see-in-Baguio one would probably shrug it off. Been there, done that, seen it all. Well, have you seen strawberry milkshake in the sky? In strawberry fields?

It's not a secret that a place has many "faces and moods" and you can still capture something unique even in the most photographed and visited ones [I bet you a bucket of plump and juicy strawberries that all tourists in Baguio have been to the strawberry fields at least once].  So when a cab driver asked me where I'm going the next morning, I replied without hesitation: "Strawberry fields, 4AM". He must have thought I'm crazy, nobody's there at that ungodly hour. Exactly!

So there I was in the middle of the field at an ungodly hour, hoping to be vindicated when the sun comes up. The weather forecast indicated 70% cloud cover, surely there will be colorful clouds when twilight starts.

Sunrise at Strawberry Fields

And then it started - it was as if a gigantic bucket of strawberry milkshake had been dumped on the clouds. The eastern skies glowed with shades of crimson and pink, and it was 10-15 minutes or so of wild excitement. It was one of those classic moments when you have a scene so beautiful and you can't decide whether to shoot it or simply watch it unfold.

Strawberry milkshake in the sky

I stayed for a while after sunrise and watch the strawberry pickers doing their morning harvest at another part of the field. I was politely ushered out of the one I was shooting in. "Sir, the picking area is still closed", said one of locals who came to investigate that weird light in the middle of the field [I was firing off my strobe in succession to light my foreground :)]

Enjoy the rest of the photos.

Strawberry picker

Strawberry picker

Morning harvest

Sorting the harvest

Pick Me!

Working in strawberry fields

[Apologies to The Beatles for borrowing their song title "Strawberry Fields Forever"]
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