SAGADA | In Search Of A Beautiful Sunrise
A Cold Morning, A Viewpoint And A Foggy Sunrise
It looks like a gateway to heaven, seeing the fog covers and envelopes the pine trees, marking their silhouette even from a distance. It certainly looked divine, making it one of the reasons why I wanted to visit Sagada again. The rugged terrain, the sweet smell of old pines, marvelous cave system, and a weather that's perfect for communing with nature, these makes Sagada to be just the right place to escape the searing heat of Summer in the Philippines.
It was the 2nd time that I experienced witnessing Sunrise from Kiltepan Viewpoint in Sagada, it wasn't as marvelous as the first time, as there were too much fog in the horizon blocking the sun's rays. It's a grey morning and a challenge to photograph, not only that, this particular spot is getting popular among visitors that there are more guest than I remember before.
I was looking forward to retracing my steps a year ago, taking the same angle of shots. Pine trees scatter in contrast to the heavenly sight beyond. What's new, is that they have a ready bonfire to warm the guest. It's 5 in the morning after all, the morning cold is a signature of Sagada. There's also the coffee vendor which my friends enjoyed immensely, though it was a 3-1 instant coffee, I would've preferred the very own brewed coffee of Sagada.
Let Nature Inspire You
It a beautiful morning, and its the simplest description that I could come up with. Yet, I was besieged by nostalgia and became too wrap up in smelling the fresh air while taking landscape photos amidst the humdrum and excited giggling of people taking turns to shoot their profile photos. I was awed and in silent conundrum, Sagada had once again brought me to the point of paying homage to appreciating nature. There is no substitute to feeling lucky, being there right at that very moment, when the rays of the sun hits the seemingly tangible fog, how white, how serene, and the scattering or rain clouds gave a nice contrast to an otherwise grey cast regular sky anywhere. I know then, I would always come back here.
Of Feeling Lucky
The morning sunrise in Kiltepan is not always glorious as I know it. Weather conditions need to happen first, like experiencing afternoon rains on the day before but should not last until the next day, otherwise the fog which would normally blanket the Kiltepan Rice Terraces, it becomes overwhelming that visibility won't be very good. The perfect months to visit is during dry season. But even with bereft visibility, Sagada's ultimate offering is an adventure meant for all season. After all, Tropical Storms and heavy rains could hamper us, but Spelunking in Sagada's Marvelous caves would still hold its promise. Sunrise viewing in Kiltepan is just an added side trip to a few lucky guest, I should consider myself lucky in Sagada for the second time.
Of Pine Shadows
You may say that this is a Pine Country as Pine trees are in abundance. I always associate it with favorable cold weather. Love it! Live it! In this country where we get too much humid heat in summer its fairly natural to chase pine shadows. Beautiful, otherworldly and towering pine trees. I love to photograph them because they are like a tree of windows, so unlike our native tropical trees with thick canopies.
Of Scenic Mountain Views
Photographing Mountain sides was a challenge, keeping the photos sharp with varied details, more so that this is a grey cast morning. One can't really go wrong when you're in the right place at the right time. These mountain sides complete the tableau I had come to expect of this Kiltepan Viewpoint, Sunrise viewing.
I mentioned that this is the second time I blogged about this place. Looking at the old photos of Kiltepan I took over a year ago is very humbling. I was just starting my blog then, and my post processing and photographing skill is so below the borderline. I'm proud to say that I've improved and I have more room to improve with. Makes me glad. knowing I'm inspired to do better.
I was visually assaulted by Kiltepan's beautiful Sunrise. So this is where I apologize for doing the same to you with these photos. What of other ways to describe to you the experience when I don't find words strong and convincing enough.
For my previous Kiltepan Post.
Check this Link: Sunrise at Kiltepan Peak
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