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Photo Essay: Guimaras, Philippines

Alubihod, Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines  

During the entire trip, the gloomy clouds were out of sight. The horizon was happily blue.

Degrees of blue. Degrees of deepness.

Anchored. Afloat. Ah. Me. 🙂

Ave Maria Islet. The boatman is the guide, the subject, and often the photographer of the tourists. 🙂

Heading that way, that way. That.

The kids at Turtle Island.

No, I didn’t touch it. I have more sympathy for animals than for humans. They stripped it of its freedom for five pesos a visitor.

The new lighthouse: the guide, the light, the anchor of the fishermen.

The old lighthouse. A rusty might.

The view from one of the windows inside the tower. Inside was hot. Hot.

Trappist Monastery. A simple front.

Because I was there at the right place, at the right time.

Its ceiling wowing.

Because it becomes a habit to visit a museum. But it was closed.

Except for a window.

Let’s start with the erect limbs

And perky ears, perky greenish

Which bear fruit as sweet as these yellow mounds

Some are fated to be sliced, packed, and shipped.

Let’s conclude this album with a fallen garden.

I’m currently camera-less. It was damaged during my recent trip. And it takes $500 to have it fixed. It means 22, 000 in Philippine peso. I’m polling support to have it fixed.

Help BWAB to have it repaired. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Jona | Backpacking with a Book

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18 Comments

  1. Those colors! I’m a awe 🙂 And I love the turtle shot, Jona. It is beautiful.

  2. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    Fantastic photos, and you were certainly there at just the right moment with the sun shinning on the picture, I assume it is stained glass, and doesn’t it stand out well with the dark timber inside, magnificent photo.
    I can’t get over how the old lighthouse is so full of rust, I have never seen that before, it was definitely made out of the wrong materials. 🙂

    • Hi there, Mags! Yes, the glass was illuminating in the half-dark room. I’ll post a cropped version in one of my essays. The cropped one is more stunning.

      What is so amazing about the rusty lighthouse, it still stands so regally. I actually climbed it up to the top under 12-noon sun. It was suffocating and extremely hot inside the lighthouse!

      Thanks, Mags, for the constant visits.

  3. mikel says:

    nice! reminds me of my travelling days…

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  5. Fabulous images and wonderful blues!

  6. Jo Bryant says:

    wonderful image…must say that hte ‘because I was there at the right time’ is my favourite

  7. ailsapm says:

    Lovely shots, Jona, such vivid colours. The fourth one down is particularly lovely. Great entry! xxx Ailsa

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  9. gelaikuting says:

    Great Photos 🙂 ganda nman sa GUIMARAS 🙂

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