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Kayangan Lake

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On December 13 we went on one of what are known as Coron’s island-hopping tours. The first stop was Kayangan Lake, which was so crowded with tourists that I could hardly take any photographs. At a moment when swimmers and floaters briefly cleared a spot on the opposite side of the lake, I managed to get the picture above. (How about the color of the water?) Other than that, I was limited to a few closeups of things in the lake, like these rippled rocks that appeared to be covered with neon lights:

A floating red leaf caught my attention, as did the needlefish near it:

Here’s a closer look at the needlefish:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 5, 2020 at 4:31 AM

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  1. Breathtaking pictures, Steve!! ❤

    The Little Mermaid

    January 5, 2020 at 7:34 AM

  2. In the rock above the blue lake, I see a friendly face being content to be so far away from the hordes of tourists. Interesting shot of the underwater rock, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    January 5, 2020 at 8:45 AM

    • I don’t see the friendly face in the rock, but I’m glad you do. And yes, that underwater rock really grabbed my attention.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 5, 2020 at 4:23 PM

  3. Last summer I was startled to see a small gar right at the shoreline where I was wading. I watched as he aligned himself with the assorted twigs that floated there. It was very effective~if I looked away it was very difficult to spot him again. We kept each other company for a few minutes until Pete splashed up.


    January 5, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    • Your gar seems to have been much better camouflaged than this needlefish was. I wish all the tourists at Kayangan Lake could’ve been as well camouflaged as your gar.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 5, 2020 at 4:25 PM

  4. Great pictures, Steve. 🙂


    January 5, 2020 at 9:13 AM

    • I was happy to get some in this spot, where people mostly thwarted the pictures I wanted to take.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 5, 2020 at 4:27 PM

  5. The first shot stopped me cold. Wow. I love the second as an abstract. And the needle fish is beautiful.

    Michael Scandling

    January 5, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    • That area has a great mixture of tall rock formations and bright blue-green water—if only you can get views without lots of people and boats. The second picture struck me as a good abstract, and I helped it along compositionally by photographing at a 45° angle (which you can tell from the top left corner).

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 5, 2020 at 4:31 PM

  6. The water is incredible! So clear, and blue! The needle fish is interesting.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 5, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    • The clear and colorful water is one of the things that draws so many visitors to that part of the Philippines. I’d not even heard of needlefish till I got to this spot and someone standing there referred to them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 5, 2020 at 4:35 PM

  7. The second is a fine image, so abstract and colorful. The color of the lake water is beautiful.

    Steve Gingold

    January 5, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    • You’d have been thrilled with the possibilities the rocks and the colorful water provided.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 5, 2020 at 4:37 PM

  8. The color of the water is truly amazing!!


    January 5, 2020 at 8:44 PM

  9. You certainly made the most of your limited photo op, Steve. All four photos are very special. How about the color of the water? I was really surprised by it when I scrolled down on the page, as the hue was completely unexpected.


    January 5, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    • Then happy surprise. The water color is a big attraction in Palawan. The hues vary, as you’ll be seeing in the next few posts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 6, 2020 at 12:45 AM

  10. The colors are stunning, the water so clear that I would not have known it was water in that image of the leaf. Great finale, a closeup of that little picudo wannabe!

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    January 6, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    • It was great to be in tropical waters, even for only a day. From your comment I assumed picudo is the Spanish name for a fish in Ecuador, and when I looked online I found one site that identifies it as Boulengerella maculata. I also found that in Central America picudo can mean a weevil.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 6, 2020 at 4:38 PM

  11. The second photo’s my favorite, with its variety of reflections: linear on the left, block-like in the middle, and smoother in the upper right. As for faces: I laughed at your placement of your name in that photo. With the two bits of brightness above it as eyes, your name takes on the appearance of a mouth, and seems to suggest someone staring at us from the depths.

    The clarity of the water’s remarkable; the red leaf does appear to be floating in air. The needlefish is interesting, too. The species known as Strongylura marina, the Atlantic needlefish, can be found In Sabine Lake, Galveston Bay, San Antonio Bay, and the Brazos, Colorado, and Nueces rivers. This page has a bit more information about them. I didn’t realize that their eggs attach to the sargassum that covers our beaches from time to time.


    January 7, 2020 at 7:36 AM

    • Just call me Mr. Mouth! That’s probably more auspicious than Mr. Tombstone.

      I didn’t know about needlefish. Now Coron has made me aware of the kind over there, and you’ve made me aware of the kind over here. And yes, it’s easy to think that the red leaf was floating in air.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2020 at 1:46 PM

  12. Oh, that water! makes me long to be in a place like that. The nearest I’ve been is Hawaii, and the Caribbean, but I have a feeling this is more intense. I enjoy seeing the sunlight ripples – gee, I haven’t seen that for a long time either!


    January 8, 2020 at 8:01 PM

    • Unfortunately an underdose of sunshine is what you get for living where you do. On the other hand, I expect the tropical waters in parts of Hawaii and the Caribbean rival what I saw in Palawan.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 9, 2020 at 4:33 AM

  13. What about the colour of that water! And crystal clear too ..


    January 12, 2020 at 12:42 AM

    • The clarity led some viewers to think the red leaf was right on the rock rather than floating above it on the surface of the water.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 12, 2020 at 6:54 AM

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