Panguil Bay – Mukas Mangroove

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more. ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Photography 101: Weekend Four – Get out and Explore

I had so much fun with this course despite my hectic schedule. The lessons on perspective, the rule of thirds, light, etc. help to improve my snapshots. Here’s the gallery of my favorite photos this November: The Water element intrigues me. In tandem with our current weather (it’s been raining since morning this Saturday), I…

Photography 101: Triumph

I planned to take my son JJ for a late afternoon walk on Roxas Street. My nephew Kenji dropped by and he suggested that we go to the Friday “tabu-an” near the seawall. I rarely went there; just twice a year.  (The tabu-an is the Cebuano term for a makeshift market place where farmers and…

Photography 101: Glass

I placed a red-colored decorative glass against a white fabric background. I used natural light, camera flash, and a flashlight in this experiment. Here are the outcome:

Photography 101: Landscape

  My husband’s hometown is near a dormant volcano. He says that I need to stand in front of Beulah Land estate if I want to see the best view of Mount Kanlaon. He’s right; no human infrastructure blocks the natural scenery. I use PicMonkey to crop the image above. Here’s the original version: [Weather: partly cloudy;…

Photography 101: Mystery

Orchids represent mystery.  Botanists say that this species have a highly evolved anatomy that makes their appearance so attractive to man, birds and insects. The creatures who are delighted to be around Orchids become willing slaves who do their bidding for the survival of their species. How can these enigmatic plants look so delicate yet…

Photography 101: Warmth

Plants need sun-exposure to grow healthy.  The tallest trees in the park often get the best sun exposure.  The ‘Andreacola’ type of Anthurium thrives best in morning sunlight. Too much sun-exposure will burn their leaves.

Photography 101: Connect

A stem of hybrid Desert Rose was connected to a Bangkok Kalachuchi to form a single plant. The gardener aims to combine SERENA’s  beautiful flowers and variegated leaves  with the roots of a “local” variety of Desert Rose that offers vigor and resilience. Horticulturists call this process grafting. Since hybrid Adeniums may take years to produce seedlings, grafting can…

Photography 101: Experiment with Composition

These are the outcome of my photo experiments during the weekend. I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir

Photography 101: Solitude

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. ~Pearl Buck