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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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August 3, 2008

lake sebu: idyllic rush hour

The rush hour that city dwellers know and dread is practically non existent in the scenic Lake Sebu (South Cotabato). The photo you see below is as busy as it gets.

Fisher folks "rushing" to their fish cages

One of the main sources of livelihood in Lake Sebu is tilapia farming. Every morning you will see folks precariously balanced at one end of their dugout canoes tending the tilapia cages. From the outside looking in its a simple and uncomplicated life.

I had difficulty prying my self off the bed that morning. The cold weather (Lake Sebu is about 1000m above sea) did not help at all. I went down to the lake shore and searched for a good vantage point for capturing morning activities. I was not expecting a sunrise shot (its best to get sunrise photos in Lake Seloton) since I was facing the west, but nature always rewards the early bird :).

Rosy morning in Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu's placid morning cannot be fully captured in photos. You have to be there to really experience it. The receding fog slowly takes off its mysterious cover on the mountains surrounding the lake, the distant roosters crow to signal the start of a new day. And the lake is in its calmest.

Placid morning

The few minutes before the "rush hour" is the best. It not too dark anymore but yet too early for folks to start their daily activities. It is on this magical moments that everything seems to stand still. You will be able to hear yourself thinking.

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lagal[og] said...

i know what you mean bai, it's really nice to overstay in bed with the cool lake sebu mornings but a photographer has to do what he has to do :-) na-mi-miss ko na itong place na'to. i'm actually wondering when i can go back :-D

Lantaw said...

go back soon bai Oggie! at sama ako :D

Isabones said...

The serenity of this place is overwhelming. Fantastic photos too!

escape said...

ayos allan! galing ng rosy morning shot. buti na lang at nahabol mo talaga bago ang rush hour.

Anonymous said...

ah, nice to see these sceneries again, i hope, makabalik na naman ako sa lake sebu... :)

Lantaw said...

bro dom! sa lake sebu lang may pinaka nakaka-antok na "rush hour" hehe. thanks for the visit bro! tuloy na Cagbalete trip mo?

@vinceleste - thanks for the visit. Hinde ka talaga magsasawa sa Lake Sebu. Maraming pang pwde i explore dun

Lantaw said...

@isabetlog - thanks for the visit! If a place can define the word serenity then Lake Sebu fits the bill perfectly

Anonymous said...

Naku sinabi mo pa. Kung di lang ako kukuha ng pictures matutulog ako buong umaga dyan. Sarap ng weather tapos yung lake sarap lang titigan maghapon. One of the most relaxing places I've been.

Lantaw said...

haha kaya fave ng mga honeymooners ang place bai Ferdz :)

Anonymous said...

wow! ganda sg last photo. daw very contemplative b'la

Lantaw said...

@estan - salamat guid! :)

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