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More from our Coron island-hopping tour

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As you’ve heard, on December 13 we went on what’s known as a Coron island-hopping tour.

It showed off the area’s rock formations, cliffs, trees, and colorful tropical water.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 7, 2020 at 4:49 AM

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  1. What a beautiful turquoise color in the first shot!

    Robert Parker

    January 7, 2020 at 5:34 AM

    • You see why I put that picture first. In my traditional modus operandi I’d have let it stand alone in this post, but I have so many pictures that I’ve temporarily adopted other people’s habit of showing several each time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2020 at 6:25 AM

  2. It took me a moment to figure out why the first and last photos, particularly, seemed so unusual. I think it’s because, around here, the water takes on the color of the sky. There, the turquoise and green are so different from the blue of the sky, they have a bit of a surrealistic feel. The floating vegetation in the third photo surely isn’t duckweed and azolla, but the visual similarity is striking. That’s my favorite of the group; I’m glad you included it.


    January 7, 2020 at 7:45 AM

    • I noticed that contrast in colors, too. It’s the magic of a tropical sea, or at least the shallows of one. In the fourth picture the deeper sea is closer to the color of the sky. As for the third photo, you’re right that it doesn’t show duckweed or azolla, though as a stranger in a strange land I have no idea what it does show. Next time you’ll get another look at that sort of thing, along with a picture of two-tone water.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2020 at 11:05 AM

  3. Everything there looks gorgeous!


    January 7, 2020 at 8:03 AM

  4. Those are impressive rocks and cliffs! Beautiful photos, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    January 7, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    • It sure is different from what I’ve seen anywhere in the United States. I suspect there are similar places in Hawaii.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2020 at 11:13 AM

  5. Wow, stunning!


    January 7, 2020 at 8:53 AM

  6. Stunning. Reminds me a little bit of Virgin Gorda.

    Michael Scandling

    January 7, 2020 at 10:14 AM

    • I cut the Gordian knot by immediately going online for pictures of Virgin Gorda, which I’d never heard of. I see the similarity. I also noticed in Wikipedia that “Christopher Columbus is said to have named the island ‘the Fat Virgin’ because the island’s profile on the horizon looks like a fat woman lying on her side.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2020 at 11:20 AM

  7. More of that wonderful turquoise water. That’s some beautiful scenery and a great cruise.

    Steve Gingold

    January 7, 2020 at 4:37 PM

    • We got to go in a powered outrigger as the only two passengers, thanks to a mix-up in which we hadn’t been picked up for the multi-person tour we expected. As a result I was much freer to walk around on the boat to take pictures than I would have been with a bunch of other tourists on board.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2020 at 5:26 PM

  8. Amazing pics – looks like an awesome tour!

    M.B. Henry

    January 7, 2020 at 5:54 PM

  9. You were right, Steve (of course)–more beautiful watercolors. 🙂


    January 7, 2020 at 8:56 PM

  10. You did the islands proud, Steve. I know it’s not easy to photograph unfamiliar things in new places, and maybe you were suffereing from jet lag to boot. But you’re a pro. 🙂 Thanks for introducing us to such spectacles as these. 🙂


    January 8, 2020 at 8:03 PM

    • You’re right about sometimes not being at home enough in a strange place to have a good feel for what to photograph. We do what we can, trusting that experience and innate intuition will lead the way. My home territory isn’t glorious the way these exotic places are, but years of experience here give me more of a sense that I know what I’m doing.

      As for jetlag, I’ve never found it a problem going from Texas to eastern Asia or New Zealand. It’s always been a killer coming back, though, and in the two weeks since our return from the Philippines I’ve had a terrible time sleeping enough and at the right times of day. The night just ending is the first one when I’ve been able to sleep mostly normally.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 9, 2020 at 5:53 AM

  11. In the first photo, the contrast in blues between the water and the sky is really powerful. And I don’t know if the last photo is my favorite, because of those fantastic rocks, or the third for the beautiful tree, the water, the rocks in the water, etc. What a stunning place! (I used to think about the combination of cool, lavender blue and a more turquoise shade of blue whenever I looked at a Blue jay. Have you ever noticed how they have those two “clashing” blues in their plumage?)


    January 15, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    • (Just some more thoughts on this delicious post)


      January 15, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    • Although I grew up with blue jays in our neighborhood on Long Island, I never really paid attention to their different shades of blue. I looked online at a blue jay picture just now and I see what you mean. Live and learn… And yes, Coron is justifiable as a tourist magnet, what with its water, rocks, and trees. The tree in the third photo reminded me of some I saw in New Zealand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2020 at 8:03 PM

  12. Wonderful images Steve …


    January 15, 2020 at 1:24 PM

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