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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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January 13, 2015

koronadal: holiday colors and rural scenes


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As 2014 winded down, so did work and travel. I got more time to explore a bit of my own backyard - a fast growing urban hub in the southern part of Mindanao.

Farmville Koronadal

Koronadal is now the regional center of Region XII (largely promoted in the tourism circle as the "12th Paradise").  While progress is inevitable, I love how pockets of my hometown still clings to its rural ways. I grew up near rice fields and streams, most of which are gone now.  Open fields where we used to fly kites gave way to subdivisions

Farmville Koronadal

Every time I'm home, and every chance I get, I hop on my bicycle and pedal to the remaining open fields (thankfully only a few minutes from my house) in the afternoon, or at dawn just before sunrise. I love how the fields looked different, depending on the season: golden on harvest time, verdant green after planting, or reflecting pools when they are being prepped.

Farmville Koronadal

So here are a few of my takes during the last holiday season.

A Christmas Sunrise

Christmas Morning 2014

December 25. The air was chilly and not a soul stirred. Most are probably catching on their sleep, tired from from the festivities of the previous night. I was on my bike, huffing my way to a nearby rice field with a good view of the east. I have watched a hundred of sunrises, enough to know that sometimes you don't get to see the colors you hoped for.

But its Christmas day! And soon a lovely explosion of yellow and pink filled the east.  Rice stalks, ready to be harvested, glowed with the warm colors.

Christmas Harvest Sunrise

You can say I got my gift early on Christmas morning.

Farewell 2014

Farewell 2014 Sunset

December 31.  Dusk. While every one else is busy with preparation for the midnight celebration, I'm in the middle of a, you guess it, rice field, waiting for nature's advance fireworks. The colors did appear and it was indeed a great way to end a colorful year.

A Birthday Sunrise

Fields of Gold

January 3.  The alarm rang at 4:30 AM, like it did the past several mornings. I quietly got out of bed, checked the sky from our bedroom window, and quietly went back to bed. I kissed my wife and whispered, "Happy Birthday".  I thought I'd give it a rest today.

"Thank you", she replied. "Aren't you going to shoot sunrise today?".  Got out of bed as fast as I can, grabbed my bag and tripod, and hopped on my bike. I'm sure she laughed before going back to sleep. She said, later that morning, that she saw me prepare my gear the previous night.

Catching one for the road

The Green Lanes

January 5.  Got a call from one of my friends late that afternoon.

Ric: "We are planning to shoot sunset by the rice fields. We can pick you up in a couple of minutes..."
Me: "Umm, rain check. My flight's tomorrow and I have got some packing to do ... "

I hang up the phone and caught my wife grinning.  I called Ric again. "On second thought, lets catch one for the road ..."

We found nice green rows of rice seedlings with a perfect view of the west. Knee-deep mud, mosquitoes hovering, but we were all smiles when the sun went down.
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Photo Cache said...

I have always enjoyed your photos. They are not only technically wonderful, their compositions are excellent as well. It's a pity isn't it that wide open spaces are the first to go when progress hits. I hope that the gov't will set aside a parcel of land for the wildlife to grow and roam.

Lantaw said...

Thanks!

Commercial or residential lands have more "value" (of course this is from the point of view of others) than agricultural lands. Sooner or later these lands get converted to commercial using some loopholes in our law or local government code. That's why we are importing rice from countries like Vietnam, rather than exporting it like it s supposed to be. We are simply running out of agricultural land.

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