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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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April 27, 2010

bangui windmills: sunrise and sunset moods

Rosy Light
Bangui pastel dawn

I got another chance to revisit Ilocos Norte a few weeks ago with my brother and sister-in-law who were on vacation here for a month. My brother, who is  also into photography (you can find his gallery here), had no questions about the itinerary I prepared which included visits to places scheduled at hours most tourist would consider "ungodly".

Windmill House Mono
late afternoon at the windmills

Our first stop was Bangui, site of the famous Bangui Northwind windmills. We decided to stay in a small resort within the quiet town, a few minutes walk from the first windmill on the northern end. I was excited to see the windmills at sunset (last time I was there our group left before sunset) as well as sunrise.

Bangui Windmills Sunset
the windmills at sunset

We headed out to the center of the column of 15 windmills by late afternoon.The windmills are a popular attraction among those visiting Ilocos Norte as evidenced by the bus loads of tourists one can see there. They look really spectacular at sundown, towering like giants among the visitors.

Pastel Dusk
Bangui pastel dusk

We stayed a bit late while most headed to the nearby resorts in Pagudpud after the sun went down. On the way back, I notice the sky's color turned a hue of pastel pink and blue. I stopped our tricycle and hurriedly looked for a possible vantage point. My brother, who perfectly knew that time is of the essence, decided to forgo shooting and instead helped with setting up my tripod while I scramble for the necessary filters. We were able capture a couple of frames before the colors faded and the night finally won.

We were back at the windmills at 4AM the next morning. This time the place was empty. It was still dark but I could already see thick looming clouds over the eastern horizon. I was expecting for a dull and gray sunrise.  I was glad nature proved me wrong.

Bangui Pastel Dawn
soft pastel dawn

The dawn's early light diffused through the fog and clouds created a surreal mood. The entire landscape was painted in hues of orange, pink, and blue, more vibrant than what we saw at dusk the previous day.

Bangui Windmills Sunrise
sunrise ball

The sun finally broke through the clouds and fog. The haze turned from soft pastel colors to deep warm tones. It was amazing to see such transformation happen within a few seconds.

The first batch of vans and buses arrived by the time we packed our gears. A few folks are already enjoying the huge waves. I, on the other hand, am already famished. A light display like that can certainly work up one's appetite.
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David B Katague said...

Beautiful photos, Allan! When are you visiting Marinduque again ?

Cedric said...

I've seen these photos several times, but they never cease to amaze me. Ganda talaga. :D

lakwatsera de primera said...

love the last picture the most, simply breathtaking.

Jenn said...

Love the many hues and moods of your capture of Bangui. Amazing. Totally amazing.

sheng said...

Wow, ang ganda, i must visit Ilocos if only for the Bangui windmills. Hi to Ian!

bertN said...

You must have an artist's DNA in you! Either that or you have good eyes and an exceptionally good camera.

Anonymous said...

lovely photos! i wish i can capture images like that I guess I need to start investing a quality camera and start learning a new skill. your talent is amazing

Ishmael F. Ahab said...

Super beautiful! No wonder why Bongbong Marcos uses this as a background in his campaign ads.

Hope that I get the chance to visit this place.

dodong flores 도동 플로오리스 said...

Nice photos as always...
I hope I can visit this place too...

Unknown said...

As usual sir, you have never failed to impress me.

Happy Trails said...

it has been said over and over sir ang gaganda talaga ng photos mo. honestly a busy person who has no time to wander can make use of your blog to wander and wonder, some sort of alternative while in deprive mode of actual vacation. keep on inspiring us with your beautiful photos.

Jepoi said...

Amazing photos... looks like in EUROPE!!!

I was in Ilocos Norte 3 years ago... and I was impressed by its beauty and peace.


Maniniyot said...

Nice sets of photos here sir! Superb!

Anonymous said...

Very nice pictures, eager to see and compare Windmill Farms of Alamont Pass and Rio Vista in Northern Calif.

Anonymous said...

This is not just photography, it's art!

I'm scheduled for Ilocos Norte hopefully this September for an engineering /ASEP seminar at
MMSU. The wind farm is tops on my list...you
just helped me make up my mind. What is that resort near the windmill?


Lantaw said...

Thanks Ruth, the resort is Villa Fernando. I can't seem to find their contact number at the moment :(

Anonymous said...

Villa Fernando Resort - Bangui Ilocos Norte Contact number : 09216877405

Anonymous said...

Just a minor correction it's a Wind Turbine not a wind mill, I should know.. Cause the company I worked at is the one responsible for those beautiful turbines.

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