Solitary by the Lake
October 2013: The project I was working on in the Philippines was just starting but it felt like I already needed a break and I remembered the advice of my former mentor: “When wanting to relax your mind, focus on the scenery around you and be one with it”
But, needing a scarce but higher dosage of relaxation, I always took the advice a notch further: I drive to a wonderful scenery not only to commune with it but also to photograph it.
My favorite mountain retreat in the Philippines, Lake Sebu, happened to be just a short drive away and it offers the relaxing scenery I needed. I immediately began with the mountains and the sprawling green rice fields.
And then drove to the lakeside where floating huts, fish cages, fishermen and the elements of nature combine forces to keep me busy with my camera.
The bamboo poles that make up the floating fish cages create exciting lines and shapes in the photo frame.
By the time I got settled in a lakeside bungalow, fog was already creeping over the mountains and darkness started to fall over the lake.
At a balcony overlooking the lake, I sat alone, relishing the view until the lights on and around the lake gradually took over and the sights of both my eyes and my camera’s lenses started to dim.
And when there was nothing else but darkness around me, I slowly crept to bed but was back in the balcony even before the sun was up.
And sipped my morning coffee by the calm waters of the lake.
And then the distant mountains started to recover their shapes
And the trees began to regain their colors
And then the first sunlight of the day hits the mountains’ faces
And all the reds, yellows and greens awake to the glory of the morning
At the lakeside, the huts started to stir
An early riser started to mend his fish cages
Other dug out canoes came out of their hiding places
As their masters started searching for the potential catch for the day
The soft morning sunlight also sent a mother out on her boat to check the nets
And then the whole lake erupted in light and colors. Like the lakeside folks, the lotus blooms have fully rested and were now ready to face the challenge of the sunlight.
Only a day had passed and another has just started at the lake but I was already full of the much-needed healing I came for. It was time to face the challenge of work once again.
Related Posts by Shutter Bug:
- Lake Sebu (lakesebulover.wordpress.com)
- Lake Sebu, South Cotabato (udjim.wordpress.com)
- Lake Sebu ” 7 falls” (lakesebulover.wordpress.com)
Just like in a dream… a really beautiful one!!! I feel so sad about knowing what right now is going on on the Philippines…
Thanks, Claudine. I’m actually feeling doubly depressed right now that work is preventing me from visiting the affected region and documenting the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. 😦
Such beautiful photos, and presented in such a perfect way – with the unfolding of the night / day I feel as if I’m actually there… wonderful work and thank you for sharing!
Pleasure is mine! Thanks for leaving a kind note.
Beautiful, as always, Jessie.