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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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March 10, 2013

nagsasa cove: jump-starting the summer of 2013

First Light

Got the change to revisit one of my favorite camping ground in Zambales a couple of weeks ago. This has become sort of a yearly pilgrimage, but I missed a year or two. This trip jump starts my summer for 2013.

The cove can get crowded, especially on weekends, so sometimes timing is essential. This year I beat the summer crowds by a few weeks. It also helped that there were major festivals in nearby provinces that weekend, lesser number of folks in the cove.

Weather was good. It was the smoothest boat ride I can remember in all the years I have been visiting the cove. Usually its a bumpy ride once you enter the mouth of the cove (which is still a few kilometers from the shore).

Twilight Otherworldly Glow
alien glow at dawn

If weather was good, the light was perfect! Right after we reached the shore of Nagsasa minutes before sunrise, the sky put up a great show. We had great light during sunset and the sunrise the next day.

Mang Ador's campsite in the northern end of the cove is where my group always camp. This is the first "official" campsite in Nagsasa, it has not changed much and has kept its rustic beauty while the sleepy south side exploded into a tent city.

Mang Ador's Campsite
quiet weekend

Nowadays boatmen not will bring you here unless you insist. They would even say the site is in disarray and not maintained anymore. Thats probably because if they bring you here, they don't get their cut and their one sack of charcoal.

I asked Mang Ador about this "cut" and he said "they are already paid, so why do I have to give them more?" (Fair enough I think). "Besides," he added, "I'd rather give it to some tourism body that will help protect the cove."

Mang Ador's campsite
camp grounds

People come to the coves for different reasons: some to get drunk like crazy and scare the spirits of the pine trees with their loud out of tune singing, some to spend some quiet weekend in a hammock under the shade of the pine trees. You can probably lump me with the latter.

View from Mang Ador's campsite

If you can bear the heat, its nice to explore the back woods. Its a pity the most of the mature pine trees are gone, most have been cut down for firewood and building huts. The mountains at the back are in a constant cycle of being burnt and recovering. There is not a year when there is no wild fire, no thanks to greedy hunters!

Nagsasa Backwoods
recovering landscape

Nagsasa Backwoods in mono IR
monochrome infrared

Nagsasa Backwoods Panoramic View
backwoods panoramic view

View the large version of the backwoods panorama
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Unknown said...

Very nice photos. I have been to the Capones in 2010 &I 2012. Plan on going this April. I need to see this Cove. I have the seen all the other areas. Have you seen the falls?


Lantaw said...

I've seen the falls (small cascades) at the south end of the cove. But I heard there are larger ones further in land.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nice blog and Photos :) We're planning to Visit Nagsasa this weekend do you have contact number po ba ng boat man? thank you!

Lantaw said...

Thanks. Try getting in touch with Vic Perges, 0929-717-0739

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