One of the areas of Tourism most neglected because it is readily available is Photography. Photography Tourism is taken for granted as a profession and very few seek out locations to shoot to make money on.
Surely, tropical underwater world accessible only to scuba divers is one of those magnificent shoots.
As for amateur home-grown iPad only camera users which is yours truly all I could manage to take pictures of are sunsets mostly. Oh well..
With these first two shots I thought it was an “ordinary sunset”.
Then I thought the blues were nice…
Just when I thought it’s an ordinary sunset it bursted out colours and showed me!
Never take for granted Nature’s Beauty as it unfold in front of you.
Sunsets are a very true individualist nature; no two ever are alike.
One scene will play out once in a lifetime; this is why I watch out for it every day!
Golden Sunset shots on a typical day at The Palms Resort Mindoro in mid-June. The images were taken with an iPad Gen 5.
Most of the shots were taken from the porch of the Main House.
The identification numbers denote the series of shots.
The letter “A” mean the image was edited using the “Enhanced” feature of the iPad.
The letter “B” mean the original unedited shoot done right after, without any cropping or any other editing.
Why I used the term “mid-June” is because around this time the monsoon season starts to set. The presence of clouds filled with moisture give off a beautiful refraction and reflection on the seas below.
I want to invite you to enjoy this photographic gold mine which is almost guaranteed to play out for your enjoyment and satisfaction.
Oh yes, don’t forget to bring a camera!😃
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The Palms Resort Mindoro
“Mina de Oro”.
Mindoro Island’s name meant “Mine of Gold”.
There are many resources abundantly found in Mindoro Island. One I like best is the natural still-virgin swatches of forest. I never thought for the name “Mindoro” to also be a literal meaning- mine of gold.
The latest find tho is Jade not gold. Until I attended an opening exhibit of
the Philippine Jade de Mindoro display and workshop would I have known there dis also jade here.
Made by domestic craftsmen, these gems are an early excavation, meaning barely tapping into the mine. I was told the jewellery quality get richer as the dig get deeper.
The owners are a friend of mine and they were kind enough to show me a room full. A room full of raw jade! I never imagined raw jade to be these huge chunks of rocks but here they are- chunks of rocks. They come in huge blocks, some weighing 70 kilos each. Bigger if it can be unloaded and transported through jungle by man.
Stay tuned for more pictures as the workers polish up their pieces.
Above are a sample of Rocks I’ve collected. This one is called simply- “Green Heart” because of its shape. For this picture it was wet with water to show the strains and coloration. And yes, it is spoken for!
These are broken shells that closely resemble the finest art nature could produce.
Collecting shells and rocks is a great way to relax and meditate after work.
These beauties are going to be made into home decors, adornments, jewellery available for purchase in our Resort souvenir store.
These wooden flower vases came straight from the craftsman’s lathe. There has been no finishing applied to these samples. The colours you see are natural to this wood we call domestically as Kamagong tree. Not to be confused with mahogany, this is one of nature’s hardest woods excellent for carving because of its very desirable natural coloration..
Stay tuned as we post more items. We will be posting SHELLS to be sold “as is”- meaning raw, just as it was picked up off the shores so you can do with it what you want it to be.
Get some creative juices flowing!! Now.
Environmentalists, Ecologists, and Businesses can and oftentimes do come together for common interest and good. Sniping and unconstructive critiques do not help anyone.. we in the Philippine Islands do need help and locally we are trying to rehabilitate an endangered coral population, protect exotic fishes, and retain flora underneath the waves.
Indifference from political leaders IS the single most deadly aspect of this preservation, more than a starving fisherman going out spear-fishing, or netting…
Visit us at The Palms Resort Mindoro and explore caves, go rock climbing, meet the Mangyan Indigenous Peoples who have the sweetest smiles, and let them guide you into the jungles and see what you’re made of without your GPS!
It truly is falling off the edge of earth and disappearing.. however bring your gear just in case you want to get back up and join the civilised world again. Or employ the tractor beam and beam you up Scotty!
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Its been said that turtles visit the VERY beach where they were first laid as eggs by the mother. For some reason these creatures have the natural GPS encoded in their genes so they are able to hone in on that particular body of water and make that journey to lay their eggs there.
The natural processes at play here is much in the same way as another species, the Salmon. Everyone I think is familiar with the life cycle of a Salmon. When Salmon gets to maturity to spawn they go back to that source of water where they themselves were hatched. Sadly for the adult fishes, they die after assuring the continuous survival of their species.
Thank goodness, turtles don’t die after they’ve laid that first batch!
This particular visitor came around April 20. Due to its size we believe it might be in the same batch of hatchlings as the one caught and tagged a year ago. I hope s/he comes back when I’m there so we can tag it too. It would be nice to find out how many times an individual turtle shows up at the beach.
If this one is a female and had laid eggs the nest won’t be very far from our doorsteps.
How neat is that? 😉
It is June-July in the Tropics and the predictable yearly weather pattern called “monsoon” has arrived at the Equator. This is probably my most favorite type of weather “disturbance!” I love typhoons. I grew up in it. I love pelting rain that blistered your skin when it hit, driven by gusts of wind up to 120 kilometers per hour. Don’t worry- that’s approximately only 70 miles per hour!
These pictures were taken at different days within a week. The beauty of being in the Tropics is that the weather flips on a dime and you better be ready.. It’s wonderful!
Jim shot these pictures off of our Porch. He wondered where this fisherman got his colorful sail to add an idyllic peaceful scenery out there.
Then the following morning, boom! Waves crashed way up on the shore line. This one nearly took the boat out with it. If those boats weren’t tethered they’d be gone by the morning.
Although for surfers these waves are nothing, once in a while it goes up about 5 feet to where one can get a good ride on a short board.
The boards are here in California. I am strapping the guitar on my back, not a board, when I fly out of here to the Resort come July. The boards will have to wait one more season… darn!
Once in a while in the South China Sea there comes stiff breezes that create 5-foot waves. I wish this phenomenon would linger on for weeks. It normally does not. This is other than, and different from the seasonal monsoon.
On one of those odd climes, somebody tried to sail. I wish I had a video of it.
In the following pics, I had edited the original ‘brightness’ by one or two degrees so these shots are showing brighter. And still noticeable in the skies above– dark clouds!
I love weather like this, especially in the tropics. Winds become cooler from the mountains giving relief from constant heat. Driving rain pelts down on your skin you wonder where’s the bruises after staying under it, drenching you in minutes.
It is a challenge to the well-trained. The wind can shift rapidly, and in the end will direct you towards the shore. And in some unfortunate cases, rocks!
You up for it?? 😉