Camarines Norte: Calaguas, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn
Calaguas Island sheds a new kind of light from the moment the sun touches the horizon as it bids the day goodbye until it peeps from the east greeting everybody another pleasant morning. The darkness reveals a different kind allure, sometimes, the naked eye won’t easily see. In this post and through these set of photos, I would like to share how I was captivated by the enchanting beauty of Calaguas, from dusk ’til dawn.
Just beyond the northern end of Mahabang Buhangin.
Rocky shores marked both ends of Mahabang Buhangin‘s kilometer stretch of powdery white sand. These rock formations pose a perfect subject for long exposure landscape images complemented by a magnificent sunset on the backdrop. Water, shot in long light exposures, stirs a feeling of motion to the photograph rather than just a static image.
Warm tones painted the sky just minutes before the sun went down.
Camping under the stars.
Lovely moonlit evening in Calaguas.
For me, the true spectacle of Calaguas Island is unveiled when the vivid blue sky turned pitch black. Tiny white holes pierce into the night sky, one by one, flickering, shimmering, and glittering, until they became countless entities, like a unified army committed to a single purpose – enthrall their spectators. A majestic manifestation of Mother Nature’s artistry and brilliance. This is the luxury not even the richest man on the planet can afford. Fortunately, this could be enjoyed by everyone, have’s or have-not’s alike.
Lighting storms in Calaguas.
Lightning storms won’t stop these guys from celebrating the beauty of Calaguas.
Sunrise promises an equally stunning sight to behold just like sunsets. Sleepy heads would come to their senses upon witnessing the enchantment of first light. A vibrant festival of hues emerge from beyond the grasslands and rolling hills, painting a beautiful day to come. A beautiful day in paradise. Sigh, and say, “Good morning, Calaguas.”
Calaguas kisses you a good morning.
Lovely morning, isn’t it, Kimmy?
Aside from image capturing, the camera taught me to see the world in a different light. It taught me to see the beauty beyond what can be seen by the naked eye. It taught me that there is beauty in everything around us, even in pitch black darkness. In this modern world where everything is on high gear, we easily take things for granted that we miss how beautiful this planet is amidst our daily struggles in life. Sometimes, I think we have to pause for a minute, look around and just appreciate what’s there, what we have, then we sigh and say, “What a lovely planet we have.”
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