Fire Urchin

Beautiful with venomous spines Astropyga radiata (a.k.a. Fire Urchin) up close… and in a basin ready for mammal consumption. I was attracted to snap a picture at this species because of the star-shaped pattern around its anus. I enjoyed so much splashing in the clear waters of Buenavista, Samal Island, Davao that I became totally…

Peek

When my vocational supervisor informed me about the massive skills training for Marawi IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons),  I gave her an expressionless face😑. At the back of my mind, I saw myself interacting to women with different cultural background wearing colorful Kumbongs (a head scarf commonly worn by Maranao women to conceal their hair and…

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: 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: Swarm

Negrenses often swarm this almost hidden place to cool off and relax during the hot weekends and holidays. You can hear laughter, and happy voices as families of locals and tourists splash into the clear spring pool of Caduhada Spring Resort. The water emanating from the rocks is so cool even at high noon. [Cameraphone: Samsung…

Photography 101: Moment

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~Elizabeth Lawrence Clouds hover above the Menorias Garden around four in the afternoon when we drop by. We (JJ and I) tag along with my mom to the place of Madam Hermie, my mom’s…

Photography 101: A Pop Of Color

    I choose Green for this assignment. The color is often associated with freshness and youth. Also, it gives a feeling of growth and positive vibes The green pair of Grosby shoes in the photo belongs to my teenage nephew EJ.  How many places has it been? The fresh dirt on the shoes gives hints what the…

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

Photography 101: Bliss

Every now and then, when the world sits just right, a gentle breath of heaven fills my soul with delight… ~Hazelmarie “Mattie” Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

Photography 101: Street

Roxas Street runs along six blocks. We call this a two-face street because  for several years, the half of the street is cemented and the other half is dirt road.  Not until six weeks ago, the road builders came and started fixing it. ( The local government give the contractors 80 days to finish it.) In…