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Lambug Beach

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After our December 16th visit to Kawasan Falls we drove north to Lambug Beach, which provides a view westward across the Tañon Strait to the island of Negros.

Mostly I took the opportunity to do closeups of small things that had washed up on the beach.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 22, 2020 at 4:49 AM

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  1. Hi Steve – did you ID the object in the second picture?

    Robert Parker

    January 22, 2020 at 5:24 AM

    • I think it’s a kind of sea urchin. I wish I could be more specific but my internet searches haven’t turned up a good match.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2020 at 5:50 AM

      • I first thought was it might be a type of sand dollar but I’m not convinced it’s flat enough to fit in that category.

        Steve Schwartzman

        January 22, 2020 at 6:23 AM

  2. I love these beach ‘wash-ups’, what lovely natural works of art. where is the island located?


    January 22, 2020 at 5:28 AM

  3. Love the colour of the sea.


    January 22, 2020 at 5:34 AM

    • Me too. It’s one reason to visit a nation of islands like the Philippines — or New Zealand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2020 at 5:58 AM

  4. I really liked the peek at the cylinder type rock or shell that washed up in the first image. The markings look lovely on them.


    January 22, 2020 at 8:35 AM

    • When I took the picture I was so focused on the subject that I didn’t pay attention to the much smaller objects around it. Back home a couple of weeks later, I saw that cylinder and was sorry I hadn’t noticed it at the time so I could’ve portrayed it in its own right. I’ve often speculated about how much we photographers don’t see, and I assume I’ve missed plenty of things, most of which I’ll never even know about.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2020 at 8:44 AM

  5. There are fat sand dollars that show up here, but they’re usually called sea biscuits. Here are some images. I’ve seen them as much as 2″ thick. But, they’re western Atlantic creatures. Whether there are sea biscuits in the Philippines, I don’t know. Sea urchin seems like a good guess for the strange ‘thing’ in the second photo.

    If I were to pick up anything shown in that second photo to bring home, it would be the piece of grayish coral in the upper right. That’s beautiful. It reminds me of the skeletons of cholla cactus. The translucence of the shell is really nice, too, and I laughed at the first photo. The water at the bottom looks pure Gulf of Mexico, with a tropical turquoise stripe separating it from the bluewater. I thought that strait must be deep because of the color, and sure enough, it’s 500 meters. You have to go pretty far offshore here to find that kind of bluewater.

    The last object reminds me of the seedhead of camphor daisy — except for that interesting hole in the middle.


    January 22, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    • I’d looked at information about sea biscuits in the Pacific but I still couldn’t find an approximate match with the thing in the second photo. I went with sea urchin because that general term includes categories like sea biscuit. I’m assuming the creature in the last picture, which you also commented on, is a different kind of sea urchin.

      Circadianreflections (above) was also taken with that grayish coral. If I had it to do over, I’d do what you said, bring it home.

      The islands in that part of the Philippines quickly go from shore to mountains. In the opposite direction, it seems that some of those mountains continue down below sea, which would account for the water depth you mentioned in the Tañon Strait. We’ve talked about the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston, and I’m still waiting to see appealingly colored water there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2020 at 12:03 PM

  6. I was wondering what the second one was too. The fourth one has a lot of interest in such a small patch.


    January 22, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    • It does indeed. If I’d had more time to spend I might have investigated the smaller things. As things were, I concentrated on the more-obvious items.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2020 at 11:48 AM

  7. What wonderful treasures those waves carried to the beach, Steve. Your first photo even captured the motion of those undulations (unda is Latin for wave, but I’m sure you are aware 😊).


    January 22, 2020 at 5:26 PM

    • To follow Carl Sandburg: the treasures, yes. You’re right that the order of the images could make it seem as if the waves in the first picture deposited the items in the pictures below.

      And yes, Latin unda is a nasalized descendant of the Indo-European root for ‘water’; in fact water is a native English descendant of the same root. German went a step farther by changing the [t] to an [s].

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2020 at 6:10 PM

  8. The sea urchin in your last photo made my toes tingle, because I incautiously encountered one while wading in the shallows here in New Zealand a year or so ago, and wound up with two of the spines suddenly imbedded in my big toe and broken off at skin level. I was able to dig one out, but the other was too deep and required minor surgery to remove. When you see these, and are wading with bare feet, please exercise reasonable caution!


    January 23, 2020 at 1:01 AM

    • Thanks for the word of caution. I’ve heard about that kind of mishap and am sorry to hear you had one. We didn’t go into the water here, but we might have.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2020 at 4:50 AM

  9. I thought sea urchin for the second but am not at all really familiar with small sea creatures. If you don’t already have it, iNaturalist is a free app for your phone. It’s not perfect but usually gets me close to what I am looking at and narrows down the search. Just post an image and the app suggests likely IDs. It does track and identify your location for the image so I wouldn’t share anything rare…assuming you know what it is.

    Steve Gingold

    January 23, 2020 at 3:48 AM

    • Thanks for reminding me of iNaturalist. I have the app on my phone but never thought of using it while I was at this beach. I’ll try to remember to use it the next time I run across something unfamiliar.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 23, 2020 at 5:01 AM

      • I’ve snapped a shot of something when it was displayed on my computer screen and submitted it that way so you could still use it for this. Of course it will then record the image as being taken at your home which might give away your address if that concerns you…and really throw off the database.

        Steve Gingold

        January 23, 2020 at 5:26 AM

        • After your first comment I thought about doing what you suggested, using my phone to take a picture of my computer’s screen. I didn’t think about possibly revealing my address but I did realize that the wrong location would show up in iNaturalist. I haven’t checked to see if there’s a way to manually override the location data that comes from the phone.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 23, 2020 at 5:41 AM

          • I haven’t considered that, but if you figure it out let me know.

            Steve Gingold

            January 23, 2020 at 5:47 AM

            • I believe there is a space for comments so you could correct the location there.

              Steve Gingold

              January 23, 2020 at 5:48 AM

            • I found a way. The trick is uploading the picture through the iNaturalist website rather than through the phone app. I used a Google map to get the coordinates of the place where I took the photo. The iNaturalist website reads the date and time from the photo’s metadata, but the date and time were off because I’d left my camera set to Austin time. I corrected the date and time on the iNaturalist website.

              Steve Schwartzman

              January 23, 2020 at 7:21 AM

  10. […] the farthest point on the tour as we neared the place where the Bojo River empties into the Tañon Strait. The rocks on the river banks get steeper there, as the next three pictures […]

  11. Nice! Seeing these makes me long to walk on a tropical beach.


    February 6, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    • Ah, but I so often envy you for being close to the coast, even if it’s not a tropical coast. An ocean is still an ocean.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 6, 2020 at 2:59 PM

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