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Overcast

Since last week, the weather has been really crazy. It’s very sunny in the morning then in the afternoon, the skies become cloudy. Come evening, the rains are torrential and there are even days when the thunder is scarily loud.

Today is no different and while I have been cursing the very unpredictable weather for days now as I have a trip scheduled on Friday, this view makes me appreciate the beauty that only this week’s dreary weather can bring.

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Isn’t the skyline so dramatic?

When I took the above photo this afternoon, it had not rain yet, but minutes after, it started drizzling so I had to stop my shoot, but not before taking this shot.

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All photos taken at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa using an iPhone 6.

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nightscapes

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“Night is a world lit by itself.” – Antonio Porchia

I have always loved the above quote because it is the embodiment of my love for nightscapes. There is something beautiful about shadows and darkness and light working together to create scenes that differentiate them from their daytime appeal.

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In the morning, the above photo would have described a tropical paradise.  The water would have been blue-green and there would be clouds and palm trees and white sand.  Guests would be present, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, or just plain swimming.  Come night time, though, the scene takes a somewhat haunting tone, but it’s still as beautiful, perhaps even more intriguingly so.

I love night time so much that I even blogged about it here. An excerpt from that same blog reads,

The stillness of the night beckons to me. I don’t know but there has always been something about the dead of the night that appeals to me. Maybe it’s because there is a certain surge of power in knowing that while the world is resting, I am the solitary moving figure unclaimed by sleep’s spell.

The above still rings true. There are times when unclaimed by sleep, I would don my exercise attire and run off into the night. Or I would just set out, find my quiet spot then enjoy the views before me.

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Sometimes, I get lucky and chance upon a full moon, or a sky blanketed with stars.

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All photos taken at Plantation Bay, my workplace cum home in Cebu, with an iPhone 6.  Editing courtesy of Apple’s photo editor, Snapseed, and Mextures.

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This post is an entry to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.  Head to Lens and Pens by Sally to view the other entries.  One is free to choose a theme on the 4th week, so I opted for Night Photography.

Phoneography Challenge: I Choose to Bloom

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Who doesn’t love the feeling of being ensconced in warmth?  Of knowing that she is always safe and comfortable?

Who won’t panic when gradually, the petals open one by one and she finds herself suddenly exposed to the elements?

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I will, and I would have dug deeper into the flower in search of a snug place where I can again feel safe.  Except that when the sun’s rays reach me, I feel warmer than I have ever been.

Life’s pretty much the same.  We’re always scared of going out of our comfort zones to venture into the unknown.  We do not want to take chances especially when the situation entails great risk.  We worry when change challenges what we hold dear and wonder, “Will the outcome be worth taking the leap of faith?”

But really, we won’t know until we try, will we?

So take the chance and choose to bloom.  It feels nice and warm to be ensconced within the flower’s petals, yes, but it’s warmer to be out in the sun.  (And the views outside are more beautiful too.)

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This post is an entry to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge by Lens and Pens by Sally. This week’s theme is Macro.  Photos taken using an iPhone 6.

Phoneography Challenge: Reflection on Still Waters

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“Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

When I took the above photo, I was on my way to the office from our coffee shop where I had breakfast. I was on the phone and in a hurry so my surroundings were lost on me. I have lived in this resort for almost 6 years so I sometimes take its beauty for granted.

When I reached our Galapagos Beach, I met a couple of guests and heard one of them exclaim, “Wow!” By this time, I was done with my call so I looked at where her attention was drawn and noticed that indeed, the view was very pretty. I was especially charmed by the reflection of the coconut trees on the water.

In this fast-paced and constantly moving world, I sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses.  Worse, I have allowed  myself to be jaded.

And so I write this post to remind myself to take the time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. More importantly, to be truly still not movement-wise but heart-wise that when I look at still waters, I would be able to see my reflection smiling back at me.

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This post is an entry to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge by Lens and Pens by Sally. This week’s theme is Nature.  Photo taken using an iPhone 6.

Today’s Sunrise, April 04, 2015

It’s the Easter holiday in the Philippines right now so these past days, I was just holed up in my room catching up on some reading and crafts.  Today though, I had no choice but to get up early since I promised K yesterday that we will have breakfast at 6 AM.

When I stepped out of my room, my attention was drawn to the very dramatic skyline so I headed to the lagoon to check the view and was greeted with this dramatic sunrise.

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So beautiful, especially with how everything was reflected on the lagoon.  And the blue, white, yellow, and green colors complemented each other so well.

Thankfully, K was late so I had time to take more photos.

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The above was taken at the resort’s fishing pond.  Just look at that skyline and again, the tree reflecting beautifully on the water.

Right beside the fishing pond is Xanadu Lodge, which afforded me this view.  And because the coconut tree was so tall, I had to do a panoramic shot to fully capture it.

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All photos taken using an iPhone 6 and edited using Snapseed’s HDR mode.