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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 21, 2011

lake sebu: random images of a beautiful place

Lake Seloton Monochrome Sunrise
sunrise in Lake Seloton

Lake Sebu is one of those places that has this tendency to tug incessantly at your heart. It beckons you to return again and again. You happily give in and rediscover the place anew. Just when you think you've seen everything there, it gives you another set of beautiful memories.

The place is near my hometown so I scheduled a day of visit the last time I went home. I could never count how many times I've visited Lake Sebu. It has changed a lot ever since the concrete winding road was finished, finally making this picturesque town of 3 lakes and 7 falls more accessible to the lowland. Now it takes less than 1 hour drive from hometown, far less than the 4 days it takes before the road was built.

My first stop in Lake Sebu, if I am with photographer friends, is a quiet little resort in Lake Seloton. If the names confuse you, its because the town is named after the largest of the three lakes (Lake Sebu, Lake Seloton, and Lake Lahit. So Lake Sebu is the name of both the town and one of the lakes there). Lake Seloton is sometimes referred to as the "Sunrise Lake" because its easily accessible shoreline directly faces the east.

It was cold that morning (reminded me of Baguio) and while most everyone else if still asleep, we are already in "our proper places", cameras mounted on tripods, and waiting for the sun.

Lake Sebu Lotus Flower
Lotus flower in Lake Seloton

We did not get any blazing sunrise colors that morning but in hindsight I still think we got lucky. I was able to see another mood of the place, and it was beautiful even in monochromatic ambiance.

Reflections and Lotus Flowers
flowers and reflections

By the time our breakfast was ready, the sun was fully up. The lotus flowers are fully open, as if to welcome the new day (by late afternoon they will close up again).

Through the Lotus Field
enroute to fish pens

The lake was busy with fisherfolks in dugout canoes heading to their tilapia pens. But even with all the activities, the tranquility still hangs all over the place.

Where She Rests
an old dugout canoe

For a moment, you can actually hear the world speak to you and greets you with a warm "hello and good morning", unlike in the gray and steel jungle of the metropolis where each day is greeted with numbers, tasks and lists, and techno-whatnots.

Lake Seloton
tranquil morning

The day has not even really started yet, as I was actually there to visit one of the youngest "dreamweavers", but I feel that the place have already given me so much.

Up next: One of the youngest masters of T'nalak weaving and a cool spot called Traangkini
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sheng said...

Very very nice pictures!

Kura said...

Awww.. Now I'm finally convinced to pursue my Gensan tour next month. I'm a bit worried... Well because Muslims are dominant there. So sorry folks. I guess I really have to go there to change my impression on them.

Again, I'm impressed! Galeng talaga ng kuha mo. bravo!

Lantaw said...

@sheng, thanks!

Kura said...

What a relief (whew!) Well thanks for that info. I really appreciate it. Anyway, maybe I'm just paranoid because of what I'm seeing on TV. Better safe than sorry. Btw, I'll be going there alone kasi. =)

killrfillr said...

awesome pictures sir!

Anonymous said...

@Malditang "Kura" cha, I think you better go to these places to appreciate the people. It does not mean having Muslims around makes the area "un-peaceful". Muslims are good people. South Cotabato and Gensan are the most peaceful areas in the Philippines, much more peaceful than Metro Manila, where sadly I am based now.

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...


loving the first photo, ang ganda ng gradient!

joan / the backpack chronicles said...

love the first and the 3rd photo.. napakadramatic!!! well done po (clap,clap,clap)

i hope to go there also next year.. medyo hindi na kasi kaya ngayong year dahil sagad-sagaran na ang VL.. hehehe

Reena said...

ang daming water lilies! parang pvz lang. :) fave ko yung first photo. it looked like a localized scene in lord of the rings. hehe. and the 3rd to the last shot because of the moving boat.

Karl said...

the natural lighting may be subdued but it just revealed the right kind of details in your images. it's not really hard to compose the elements with your camera eye if the place is that beautiful. love the water reflection of the hut.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

"enroute to fish pens" is my fave. water lilies in full bloom are so picturesque!

Unknown said...

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Yun lang po :) Happy blogging :) God bless! :)

Anonymous said...

Sir ang gaganda talaga ng mga pictures mo. Pwedeng malaman kung anong gamit mong lens. Thanks po ng marami and keep on shooting! :)

Lantaw said...

This particular set was shot using Nikon D80 and Sigma 10-20mm lens

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