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Still more from Coron’s island-hopping tour on December 13

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 9, 2020 at 4:39 AM

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  1. So many colours and textures in these scenes.


    January 9, 2020 at 10:54 AM

  2. Easy to see why it’s so popular.

    Michael Scandling

    January 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM

  3. The color of the water is gorgeous! That rock formation reminds me of Devil’s Postpiles here in the Eastern Sierras though not all that surprising since there are volcanoes all over the Philippines.


    January 9, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    • Not till now have I ever heard of Devil’s Postpiles, which I see is a national monument (though I don’t like the fact that our government has dropped the apostrophe in geographic names). Thanks for alerting me to its existence. As for the volcanoes in the Philippines, they erupt a lot more often than the ones in California.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 9, 2020 at 3:35 PM

  4. That tour is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Steve Gingold

    January 9, 2020 at 5:03 PM

    • That’s a good way to put it, even as I’ve tried to keep from going overboard on the subject. I was going to follow up with one more post in the sequence but decided to skip ahead to the next thing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 9, 2020 at 5:11 PM

  5. While those rocks are amazing, it’s the mangroves that take my eye. Mangroves are so essential to a healthy ecosystem, but these also look like they are “walking’ on the water.


    January 10, 2020 at 5:00 AM

    • Like you, I sometimes get the feeling that the elements of a mangrove just above the water line are legs and therefore that the tree is walking on water. Four days after the Coron island-hopping tour we got to see many more mangroves, and of varied species. Pictures showing some of those should appear here in a few weeks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 10, 2020 at 6:15 AM

  6. The color change in the last photo is glorious. We can see the same kind of distinction in the Gulf off Galveston, but we have to make do with brown and green. It’s rare to see blue water move in toward shore, thanks in large part to the rivers and near-shore shallowness.

    I like the way the point of land and the streaks of water-borne vegetation in the first photo compel the eye to the right, almost to a point even outside the frame. It’s a wonderfully dynamic image, and my favorite of the group. Even the clouds seem to be moving to the right.

    The abstraction of the second photo’s appealing, too, but a comparison of the rocks and mangroves in the third and fourth is interesting. The mangrove roots and the striations in the rock are remarkably similar. I might not have noticed it if you hadn’t put the photos next to one another.


    January 11, 2020 at 8:12 AM

    • I thought you’d appreciate the distinct color change in the last photograph. As for Galveston, you may recall that some years ago I complained about never seeing waters along the Texas coast look anywhere near as good as those on the southern end of the Gulf of Mexico.

      I felt the first photograph worthy of standing on its own due to the colors and surface texture of the water, the overall sweep to the right that you mentioned, and other elements. Still, given the backlog of trip pictures, I’ve been bunching them up and posting only once every two days.

      I hadn’t thought about comparing the third and fourth pictures. They ended up together merely for an extrinsic reason, namely that I wanted to alternate between horizontal and vertical orientations—unless my subconscious was at work.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 11, 2020 at 11:18 AM

  7. I particularly like the varying hues of the water, Steve, always a source of fascination to this observer.


    January 11, 2020 at 8:45 PM

    • You’re not alone in enjoying those changes in the colors of the water. Shoreacres noted it, and of course I was very aware of it as I took my pictures. The last one in this post exists for no other reason than to highlight the two-tone water.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 11, 2020 at 9:22 PM

  8. Oh, that water, and those rocks. Eye candy! Thank you Steve. 🙂


    January 15, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    • You’re welcome, Lynn. I mentally rearranged a few of your words and came up with rock candy to supplement the eye candy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2020 at 3:04 PM

  9. Ah more super photos … 👏


    January 15, 2020 at 2:14 PM

    • In such a scenic spot, getting good pictures wasn’t hard, although I did have to deal with the boat’s movements.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2020 at 3:06 PM

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