Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

This week’s photo challenge revolves around the theme “Sea”. If ever there were a perfect photo challenge for this blog, this would be it. So what does the sea mean to me?

The sea means meeting things head-on. Yes, even that oncoming wave.

01 waves

The sea means going with the flow. Every day is an adventure.

02 walking

The sea means looking at the bigger picture. When you’re stuck, take a step back and reassess.

03 islands

The sea means having fun!

04 pips

The sea means taking care of the environment that sustains us all.

05 cleanup

And finally, the sea means embracing life. There’s so much to see and so much to do!

06 airport view

Alaska in four photos

So I got to tick an item off my bucket list last May. Of all the places in all the world, I got to visit Alaska. Alaska! I saw glaciers, mountains, icebergs, a bald eagle, and a humpback whale. A humpback whale!!! *ecstatic* It pains me to say that I haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and properly organize my photos, notes, and thoughts but some of my favorite photos are ready to share. So ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present Alaska through my eyes. I can’t wait to go back.

The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau
Alaska - 01 Juneau

The Norwegian Gem as it leaves Skagway
Alaska - 02 Skagway

Glacier Bay
Alaska - 03 Glacier Bay

Ketchikan
Alaska - 04 Ketchikan

Phoneography challenge: my neighborhood

So this week’s photography challenge is “My Neighborhood”. To make it even more interesting, all the photos should have been taken using a mobile phone. At present, my “neighborhood” for most of the month is Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. It’s got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. They say that the best camera is the one that you have with you, and my iPhone 4S hasn’t left my side since I bought it last year. So behold – Bacuit Bay as seen through a smartphone’s lens πŸ™‚

The view from up top (Matinloc Island). This was taken using the iPhone’s Panorama option.
[minor tweaks in levels using Photoshop CS6]

The view from up top (Matinloc Island)

Same view, different boat and focus (Matinloc Island, El Nido)
[minor tweaks in levels using Photoshop CS6]

Same view, different boat and focus (Matinloc Island, El Nido)

Miniloc Island Resort’s water cottages (Miniloc Island, El Nido)
[minor tweaks using Snapseed]

Miniloc Island Resort's water cottages (Miniloc Island, El Nido)

Breakfast for two at the Miniloc Island Resort clubhouse (Miniloc Island, El Nido)
[minor tweaks using Snapseed]

Breakfast for two at the Miniloc Island Resort clubhouse (Miniloc Island, El Nido)

Outrigger boat – the only way to travel (Bacuit Bay, El Nido)
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Outrigger boat - the only way to travel (Bacuit Bay, El Nido)

Bacuit Bay as seen from the seat of a kayak, taken using the iPhone’s Panorama mode (Bacuit Bay, El Nido)
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Bacuit Bay as seen from the seat of a kayak, taken using the iPhone's Panorama mode (Bacuit Bay, El Nido)

What does your neighborhood look like? πŸ™‚

Waiting outside

When the water level gets too low, large boats can’t get into the Big Lagoon anymore. The boats end up outside the Lagoon and tied to a mooring buoy while their guests either kayak or snorkel + walk in.

boat outside the Big Lagoon Macy Anonuevo

 

Travel theme: Sunset

Bridge over very calm water. Taken at Lio Airport, El Nido, Palawan.

I’d like to thank Ailsa for giving me an excuse to post sunset photos πŸ™‚ I didn’t want to torture myself trying to decide which of the numerous (and equally memorable) sunset photos I’ve taken over the years to post, so I went with just the newest ones instead. I took these last August 17, 2012 when I caught the last boat to Miniloc after traveling from Apulit, Taytay via boat and bus. (The Apulit trip deserves its own series of posts).

The airport bridge is so damn photogenic! It looks good from any angle. Hmm. Now I’m thinking of doing a photo post on just the bridge πŸ™‚

The sun and the water. Taken at low tide in Lio Airport, El Nido, Palawan.

Photos taken with an iPhone 4S and tweaked with Snapseed.