Category Archives: Snapshots

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

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.  

Today’s Sunset, May 05, 2016

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“When your world moves too fast
and you lose yourself in the chaos,
introduce yourself
to each color of the sunset.
Re-acquaint yourself with the earth
beneath your feet.
Thank the air that surrounds you
with every breath you take.
Find yourself in the appreciation of life.”
– Christy Ann Martine

An apt quote for the busy bee in me.

My apologies for abandoning this blog for months.  I have been too busy and to be honest, I wasn’t inspired to write.

Today, as I chanced on this really beautiful sunset, I was reminded of how nice it is to document even the simplest moments in our lives as watching the sun end its day with a bang, and to not just document them, but to also share them with the world.

The world is beautiful.  So is life.  And thank heavens for such simple but true reminders of this beauty as the perennially stunning sunset.

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Photos taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.