Friday, March 27, 2009

Thirteenth Post

Sunsets Unlimited

Seasons here are a little wacky when measured by norms of the northern hemisphere’s temperate zones. But then, too, from what I read on the net, I gather that seasons in the northern hemisphere are a bit skewed these days. According to some it is God’s punishment for the United States electing a liberal, while the liberals adamantly blame global warming.

On the other hand, weather here is governed by the trade winds. Generally there are two seasons; wet and dry. During dry season it gets scorching hot and rainfall is not nearly as plentiful as the wet season. There was almost solid rain from Christmas until early February. That went away, and nowadays we might get a brisk shower weekly. The end result is some outstanding tropical sunsets.

I came by a new Canon A470 not quite 2 months ago. I’m not a photographer by any elastic stretch of the imagination, but the folks at Canon really did right on this one. Even a klutz like me who doesn’t know F-stop from shutter speeds can snap good pics.

Coupled with the new camera is an interest in dining al fresco at a nipa roofed, open-sided establishment located way out past the ferry piers on landfill. (Yes, tree huggers, I frequent such establishments.) The view to the west is largely unobstructed. The next major island over is Panay with a smaller island named Guimaras between.

I try to time my arrival for dinner a half-hour before actual sundown and walk out on the man made spit. All sorts of things present themselves as photogenic in those lighting conditions. As a consequence, I shoot up a storm. I have begun having my jpeg files printed at a little photo shop across the way. They’ve caused quite a bit of commentary among the people who have seen them and I’ve had requests from friends to stop by and copy my files to their thumb drives. I, of course, am flattered and happy to accommodate.

The costs of printing and framing here are extremely modest, so I have begun adorning my nearly bare walls with 8 by 10 and 12 by 16 sunsets and sloe-eyed island beauties.

The vernal equinox is just passed. The sun should be at this latitude (11° north) around the beginning of May. I am looking forward to some more outstanding photo opportunities. I ride down to “Reclamation” once a week. (It’s a “two ride” trip. Seven pesos for the jeepney and 10 for the trisikad, which is a bicycle with a side car, Takes about 20 minutes for the entire trip.) On top of fabulous sunsets, a fresh seafood dinner for four can be had there for a bit over the equivalent of $15.

The building itself is a rather sturdy structure. Built on concrete pilings, floored with mahogany planks, open walled for the most part and topped by a nipa roof supported on six-inch diameter bamboo poles which are joined by a heavy duty baling wire. I asked my favorite waiter, Harmon, what damage was fetched up by Typhoon Frank. His answer was the building was unscathed, but they did have to carry the tables and chairs back in from the parking lot where the hurricane force winds had deposited them. Heck, I might get into shooting these amazingly enduring structures, as well.

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