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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 17, 2009

tambobong: on the edge of cabacungan cove

At the Edge
a gorge lined with sea weeds

Cabacungan is a small cove found in Cainan Point in the western coast of Pangasinan. The locals frequent the place because of a cave with emerald green pool inside (I wrote about my first visit to the cave here). Its a cove with a cave :).

Hike to Kabakungan
shallow waters between the islets

Because it was low tide, we had to leave our bancas at the other side of the island (where I got my Nalasin photos). I did not know there was a trail from there and I love discovering something new about what I thought were familiar places.

single file (courtesy of Buboy Eito)

The trail took us through an arid landscape that looked like it had been through a bush fire recently. It was not a long hike, we reached the cove after a few encounters with some thorny bushes. The last segment of the trail has not been used for sometime and we had to do a bit of clearing.

Kabakungan Cove
the cove at last

You will be able to see the entrance to the cave on the photo above. (Click to enlarge, the entrance is on the far end of the shore).

Elias and the Cove
rust colored rocks of Cabacungan

What made my visit a bit different this time was the discovery of a chasm just a few meters from shore. Tide was really low when we were about to leave the cove and the edge of the chasm showed.

Seaweed Gorge
Cabacungan chasm

Golden light was hitting the huge rocks at the end of the chasm, the yellow brown seaweeds seem to glow with it. I positioned my tripod near the edge and took a few shots. Its one of the most surreal scenes I ever saw, its a world on its own and far from the typical white sand covered beaches of Tambobong.
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escape said...

astig! ganyan ang mga gusto kong adventure yung mga may tinatawid na ilog o bahura.

abangan ko picture mo sa loob ng cave.

Anonymous said...

looove the last photo! ;)

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, very cool waters too.

Unknown said...

Very magnificent! it must have been fun. thanks for sharing this.

Lantaw said...

Dom, Sarap talaga mag trek sa ganyan bro. Didn't take photos inside the cave kasi mababaw ang tubig. But I have photos here (previous visit) and here

Lantaw said...

Thanks Sheng, Vanny, and Skies. Glad you liked the photos, I had great fun trekking there :)

Garando said...

Hello. Glad I stumbled on your blog, your outdoor photos are fantastic! What lens are you using?
Will visit regularly.

Lantaw said...

Garando, Thanks! I'm using a Sigma 10-20mm, with my 18-55mm Nikkor kit lens as back up :). Please do come back for more :)

SandyCarlson said...

I love the way you stopped the water in the first shot!

Lantaw said...

Sandy, Thanks! I used a circular polarizer for that. It allowed me to use a longer shutter speed

Anonymous said...

everything i see here is beautiful. i think i like your camera. :)

Lantaw said...

salamat Jake!

Anonymous said...

most impressive water shots. so much beauty in the philippines. keep on showing them.

Arija said...

From first to last a beautiful and interesting post.

Catherine said...

all beautiful...but like the wave effect particularly in that first shot..

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a lovely place. The water is so clear. I would love to visit this place.thanks for sharing

Jane Hards Photography said...

The water is incrdibly clear. Lovely sereis of images and very interesting.

Unknown said...

Wonderful post and pictures. So how deep is the sea immediately in front of that chasm?

Lantaw said...

ewok1993, Arija, Catherine, Lili, Babooshka, Sarah: Thank you all!

Sarah: It was quite deep, my friends who snorkeled there once can't see the bottom

markfe said...

Awesome photos! I really like the first one. Can I join in your travel adventures?

Your Daily Photo Depot

Lantaw said...

Thanks Fhaye! You like the outdoors too?

fortuitous faery said...

the gorge is just gorgeous!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Ang awesome ng kuha! lalo na yung buhangin!

Lantaw said...

fortuitous faery, Thanks! Nice pun :D

Earvin, Thanks!

scrubnurse said...

Great blogs and photos! Holler out if you're traveling to the western part of mindanao.

Britrodge said...

Hi. Very inspired to visit some of these places, when I visit Pangasinan this winter!
Keep up your excellent work.
Thanks again

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