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Mystic Tree... | by Rex Maximilian
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Mystic Tree...

A mangrove tree greets the sunrise and fisherman during low tide on the eastern side of the mystical island of Siquijor in the Philippines.


Having arrived at 11am the previous day, this was my only chance for sunrise photos. During our circumnavigation of the island by jeepney the day before, we happened upon this scenic spot about 15-20 minutes before sunset. While the lighting was nice enough, the tide was high, and it just didn't offer that dynamic vernacular. However, knowing we were on the east side, we decided to make it out here the next morning to catch the sunrise...


After taking sunset photos at the karaoke hut, we completed our trip back in the town of Siquijor. There we negotiated a 3:45 am pickup by a motorcycle cab (yes, this kind), and the following morning the three of us and our driver made our way back out here (about an hour trip each way, and very uncomfortable)... to the beach on the boulevard of the Siquijodnon town of Enrique Villanueva, where we took about an hour-and-a-half worth of shots...


...this was one of the very last ones. We had all but packed up our gear when we saw the boat sailing by. Well, you can't let that opportunity pass you by!


More from Siquijor to come!

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Taken on April 24, 2011