Category Archives: Snapshots

My attempt at photography. This section showcases photos of anything that caught my eye.

Today’s Sunrise, November 25, 2016

I usually do my morning walk at 5:30 AM, but today, I decided to head out early as I was afraid it would rain that I’d miss my daily exercise. Tropical Depression Marce, after all, was due to make its landfall in the province this morning.

It was drizzling when I went out. I expected cloudy skies, but I didn’t expect streaks of light among the clouds hovering over Plantation Bay’s saltwater lagoons.

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Pardon the photo quality as it was still dark, and my smartphone isn’t really good at taking pictures in low light. I was too lazy too to come back to my room to get my camera or GoPro. Te he.

When I reached the resort’s Galapagos Beach, I was sidetracked by this view.

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So pretty. And the sound of the crashing waves was therapeutic to hear.

I took this photo on my second lap. The weather was kind of crazy. It was drizzling, and the wind was strong, but the sun was emerging too.

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On my fourth lap, I noticed that the sky was looking all golden, so I headed to Xanadu Lodge as it’s one of the best spots for sunrise-watching in Plantation Bay.

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I loved how the clouds looked wispy and golden and almost moving. The views were so lovely that I stayed for almost fifteen minutes, just when the color of the clouds changed to lighter shades of yellow.

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Isn’t it pretty?

All photos were taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Rosy Trumpet Tree

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As mentioned in this post, these lovely trees were what attracted me to Cascades Gardens.

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Rosy Trumpet Tree is also called Tabebuia rosea or pink poui. I already wrote about a different genus of Tabebuia here, though I only realized this when I saw the flowers up close. Our Tabebuia here in the Philippines isn’t as tall, though.

A trivia: This is a national tree of El Salvador.

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The tree in all its glory. I loved how balanced its branches looked.

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An ant’s view of the tree’s branches and flowers.

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Here are zoomed-in shots of its flowers. Too bad the tree was too tall so I couldn’t take a macro shot of the flower itself.

As usual, I’ll end this post with my favorite shot from this set.

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Photos were taken at Cascades Gardens in Gold Coast, Australia.

Today’s Sunrise, October 09, 2016

I was supposed to go biking today, but I got sidetracked by this stunning skyline.

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I watched, mesmerized by the colors, pointedly ignoring my phone’s notifications as I sat on the lagoon’s edge and dangled my feet on the waters. Beep beep, Viber notified.  Another new message from a Facebook page I manage also popped up.  I ignored them and just kept staring at the unfolding sunrise. So beautiful.

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I normally spend my waking hours checking my emails and messages, so it was nice to spend this dawn just enjoying the sights.

I wasn’t satisfied with just watching, so I went for a swim. I then took this photo.

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Just look at the defined lines caused by the ripples that formed when I waded into the waters.

This was my parting shot as I then left my phone on the lounger while I enjoyed a 20-minute morning early morning swim.

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All photos were taken at Plantation Bay using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Cottony Clouds over my Paradisaical Workplace

While out on my morning walk/jog, I chanced on this view and couldn’t help but marvel at the cloud-filled sky.

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Usually, our skies are just shades of blue with a scattering of cottony clouds here and there.

Here’s a zoomed-in shot.

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I actually had to wade into the waters to take the above, but I had no regrets.  The scenery looked so pretty!  I even stopped my morning routine and just lounged around while enjoying the serene views.

This one’s taken on the roadway fronting Galapagos Beach.  The clouds here weren’t so defined, but I loved how the palm trees reflected on the still lagoon waters.

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On my way back to my room, my view of a cloud-filled sky was just as pronounced from the back lobby.

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Photos taken at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which by the way is now my favorite mobile camera because it takes photos in wider angles than my iPhone 6.

Inflatus

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I know what you want me to be,
and I’m not there yet,
but I find it so touching
that you think that’s a beautiful thing.
We’re all a work in progress,” you say,
and I’d love to be the one
who’s with you as you grow,
as you live and learn
and celebrate the person
that you were, are, and will be.”
And I just want to thank you
for the inspiration and love.
It sure is uplifting to have someone
who wants me as I am
while unfailingly believing
in the person that I could become.

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Photo taken at Cornell University’s Botanical Garden.  Contrast edited using Snapseed.  Filter (Aladin) and border (Clean) courtesy of Pixlr-o-matic.  Text added using Phonto.