Friday, April 12, 2013

The Breitling Aero Acrobats

I know I have been missing in action for sooooo long. Well it's about time!! This photo was taken during the Hot Air Balloon Festival held in the Philippines. I was about to leave the place when I heard loud roaring sound and I saw these remarkable exhibition of The Breitling Team hovering around the sky!!

Please visit Skywatch Friday more spectacular views of the sky!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A View From The Crater

60 kilometers south of Manila, Philippines, is an island volcano called Taal (Ta-al). It is said to be the one of the smallest volcano in the world and has a record of thirty three eruptions since 1572,

Going to the crater was an adventure, a 20 minute boat ride from the town proper to the volcano island was pleasing, the view of the lake from the boat made me smile and prepare my camera for I know I have many things in store to capture.

The Mt. Binintiang Malaki is one of the most photographed among the Taal group of craters, it is one of the oldest and inactive crater in the volcano island craters. It was formed through one major eruption at the center of a lake, and since the lake itself is the crater of a prehistoric volcano, and within the lake, other eruptions have occurred producing more craters and micro-lakes.

Tourists and visitors normally go to the town of Talisay, a few kilometers down the slopes of Tagaytay City(about 2 hours from
Manila). Trekking would be fun on the way to the summit but the path can be dusty during summer and muddy on rainy season. A dust mask would be advisable for the trip.

Tourists can also take horses up the slopes to the viewing deck . By horses, the viewing deck is only about 20 minutes from the shore(where the boats dock).They also guide some tourists who prefer to walk up to the crater. These horses are gentle and being controlled by the locals, so you don't have to worry about them.

The picturesque view from the crater is the real Taal Crater, different from what I see in postcards, a gift from Mother Nature and to it's people. Taal Volcano Protected Landscape was declared Philippines’ National Geological Monument (together with Chocolate Hills, and Hundred Islands National Park) and was also proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006.

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Tourism Philippines
Tagaytay View