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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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November 11, 2009

candaba wetlands: of fisherfolks and sunset

Tres Pescadores
from their favorite fishing spot

Like the migratory birds, a lot of things are seasonal in Candaba wetlands. The road, for one,  "disappears" during the rainy season. You'll see the fields transform from  rice fields to fish ponds (and vice versa) depending on which month you go there.

I found myself wandering there again one lazy Sunday afternoon, on a hunt for a good sunset scenery. Most of the fields are underwater due to the recent successive typhoons.

The scorching heat that afternoon belied the fact that there was a typhoon the previous day. The trails going to the popular birding spots were under mud so I opted the cool shade of a road side tree rather than hike farther into the heart of the swamp. It later proved to be a great birding spot.

Candaba Fisherfolks
setting the nets

Several folks en route to their favorite fishing spots passed by, some carrying more than one bamboo fishing pole.  Most are on bikes since public transportation is not available.

Candaba Fishermen
ricefield turned fishpond

"Large scale fishing" in Candaba is done by setting nets and then beating the water with sticks to drive the fish to the nets.  I watched two men did just that that afternoon. Their efforts yielded several buckets of tilapia and mud fish after a few hours.

After a Long Hard Day
after a long day

Sunset that day was worth the wait and the heat.  As the sun went down, the sky glowed with warm shades of red and orange.

Candaba Dusk
wetland dusk

The best part the few seconds after the sun finally dipped below the horizon. The fusion of vibrant colors and reflections made it one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen.  I was in a frenzy, shooting wide and zooming in, trying to get the best of the scenery in front of me.

Sunset Layers
layered sunset

When the color display ended, I packed my bag and prepared to head home.  I noticed that I was alone in the middle of nowhere, the fisher folks have long went home. At that moment I realized that I'll be walking several kilometers back to town, alone, in the dark. But with a sunset like that, such an issue seem like a minor inconvenience.
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Unknown said...

cool sunset shots!

Gaelyn said...

Wow! I feel like I sat with you all day observing. I love and eat talapia regularly although I do not fish. That sunset was certainly worth the wait. The last shot is Amazing!

Lantaw said...

Thanks Bobby and Gaelyn!

shengmarie said...

Oh wow, love love the layers of color you have captured while the sun is setting...Bow talaga ako sa iyo sir!

Lantaw said...

thanks sheng ^^

Unknown said...

these are all breathtaking photos! the layered sunset is fabulous, the wetland dusk is magnificent. you're a gifted photographer!

bertN said...

Your layered sunset is one for a photographic book!

The Islander said...

speechless. made me crave to own a dslr and attend photography classes under you.

Sidney said...

Gorgeous sunset... beautiful images!
Pure beauty !

Oman said...


Lantaw said...

@The islander - thanks bro :)

@Sidney - ey we missed you last weekend :)

@Oman - hahaha, victim of love for poker LOL

dodong flores 도동 플로오리스 said...

Hello, Bay Allan. Superb photos! I like the hue of the third photo. I also love the combination of bicycle and sunset in your photo entitled after a long day. The layered sunset is a wow. It looks like an HDR...

Lantaw said...

@dodong - thanks bai! the last photo is practically "as shot", just adjusted the contrast :)

Chyng said...


As well as your entries for Anawangin, Capones, and Nagsasa. Superb! Your shots are inspiring. Pag nagka-SLR nako, aaralin ko din yan. :D

Sylvia K said...

So many gorgeous images! Incredible skies and colors -- breathtaking! It's always a delight to visit your blog! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us!

Enjoy your week!


Jenn said...

Gorgeous sunset! Especially the last pic!

Jossie said...

Amazingly beautiful sunset. This was really worth waiting for.

LadyFi said...

Stunning, stunning and stunning!

Lantaw said...

@Chyng - salamat! kahit hinde SLR gamit mo, shoot lang ng shoot :D

@Sylvia - thanks!

@Jenn - the last pic is my favorite in the lot too! :)

@LadyFi - thanks!

Lantaw said...

@jossie - yup, it was worth the wait :)

Arija said...

Magical pictures, I can say no more, I am overawed by their beauty.

Reena said...

wow. nice photos but favorite ko ung 1st and 4th.(both with bikes!) i had a classmate who belongs to a Bird Club. I think they frequent the area for bird watching. :)

Anonymous said...

hello...Im Era, architecture student and I am one of the contestant of a contest about the development of wetlands and our site is in Candaba..i am very thankful to you for taking a good pictures esp a sunset view of the site.

Lantaw said...

Hi Era, thanks too! glad you enjoyed the photos

Unknown said...

taga candaba po b kau sir

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