Soaking up in Natural Light

Watching the sun rises in a glorious morning.I couldn´t freeze this moment but then at least I took a snap of it and put in my memory bank.

“Natural Light uses the sun as the natural light source..”

The theme for this week´s LAPC is natural light.I love this theme since I am fond of watching sunrises and sunsets.It´s one of my favourite subject to photograph.Photo above is my very first encounter watching a naked sunrise before my eyes, up close and personal.I managed to get up at 4am and did some hike to Kiltepan Peak then watch the skies turns into dancing palletes of different colors.This is truly special for me.I remember this time I haven´t had a good camera, only my old Sony phone I think.But then, I can´t trade this experience for other thing.

A gentle Tropical sunrise and the clouds slowly descending from the mountain peaks to the valley.(Kiltepan Peak)

Sunset in Arabian Gulf, Kuwait

Oh we had a such abundance of natural light from the sun in Kuwait.I´ve been wearing sunglasses everytime I get out since I can´t help but to squint since rays is too strong for my eyes.

There´s not much nature to photograph there since it has a dry, arid desert climate but then I love watching the sunsets & sunrise there.Because of its soaring hot temperatures, enjoying the sun is not as favorable as here in Europe or in Asia. We have dark curtains and windows are often closed because of dust. Thank God I was living 5 minutes away from the beach and yes, I do miss the views of the beach from our bedroom. We have abundant scorching sun even past after 7pm, together with humidity and heat as high as 49 degrees in summer. During sandstorms, the skies are totally grey, dark and sickening.

Endless Horizons in the Arabian Gulf

Here are some of my favorite spots where I spend countless times walking and watch the skies turns into orange, and pink to purple.So many golden precious hours….my favourites were taken from the Marina, and the endless seafront along the 5th Ring Road in Salmiya.

In the broad daylight, natural light brings bright colors from Kuwait´s unique marine and aquatic architecture.The displays of Dhows and marine life becomes so alive and the culture itself is so enticing. Mind you, it seldom rains in Kuwait, I think only 2 times in a year and it´s like a light drizzle compared here in Germany. Kuwait´s skies is often cloudless, clear and blue .

Lovely sunrise in the Arabian Gulf

A magical sunset in Bavaria, southern Germany
There´s a quaint light at the end of the path

The first time I saw this rippling orange purple skies during Fall here in Germany.It was quick but it was definitely worth the wait! I took this photo just outside our bedroom window.Amazing!

Just watching this pink skies in my neighborhood

Soft bright light turns an ordinary view from the Danube River into like marble slate finish.

The dancing Date Palm trees in Kuwait creates a wonderful backdrop for a purple blue skies.

I think light portrays a vital part in this cascading greens in Munich, Germany.Natural light gives nature more power to affect us and makes us better storytellers.

The rugged hills in Mittenwald on a crisp, bright morning and during dawn it looks like flaming mountains.

Below photos are taken from my neigborhood where I spent countless running and walking.Ordinary places becomes special and go through into a metamorphosis depending on the season and weather.

The Glacisbrücke in the warm tones and cold light during a quiet Autumn morning.
I think without natural Light, these Red Poppies won´t shine bright as it is. ( Take me Back to Summer )

This view is the reason why I never stop exploring and wandering.Afterall, the light is there to guide my steps…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #138 : Natural Light

Until then, Tschüss!

Life in Colour : Green

Hops, the Green Gold `of Bavaria in Southern Germany.This wonder-plant is the main ingredient for brewing Beer.

I gave it a ” Go” when I read that this month´s color theme from Travel Words Life in Colour is Green. In German, its called Grün. In my native language its Berde .It´s one of my favourite color and inpiration in my Abstract paintings .I love it since it´s fresh, calming and very natural. Aside from Blue, I can´t imagine the world without the green color. I am a plant lover, nature wanderer and I find just looking at greens so Zen.

Here are some of the fascinating green moments in my travels and wanderings.

I find this Light Green table setting in a restaurant in Regensburg very warm and cozy.
Watching how the vast forest turns into a green paradise in the middle of Spring
“Green to me is a symbol of growth of nature. When I notice the color green it gives off a calming and peaceful feeling.” – Brenden

Few more weeks and its Spring here in Europe, I am sure my walks would be full of green sights again.For all my lady Friends, I wish you all Happy World Women´s Day!

The Green Windows in Failaka Island

Hops, the Green Gold ingredient of Beer

The Grass is greener in Bavaria

Baggersee Reflections

Stay safe.Tschüss.

Whole lotta Fish

 

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Whole Lotta Fish!

I can’t get enough of these Fishes in frenzy chaos…they come in herds, almost like a catastrophe ready to scare you or amuse you. Koi fishes are particularly beautiful fishes, I love them. But if you see them in volume like these, I bet you will spend quite sometime staring at them.

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More and more fishes..

If you have a time to kill, you can try counting them by their colors, if you got bored,better  just feed them..

This photo was taken from my last vacation in Philippines. These Koi fishes are the main attraction in a Nature Wildlife park called Nuvali.

 

via Daily Prompt: Fish

Arabian Gulf on Fire: Fireworks in Kuwait

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Gulf on Fire : Kuwait Fireworks display  November  10,2012

One of the unforgettable highlight from my Expat life in Kuwait was witnessing the 50th Golden Anniversary of Constitution  with tons of bang & fireworks last November 10,2012.It was the best fireworks display I have ever seen in my entire life! My neck was cramped and felt sore from an hour of looking up into the colorful skies. I have never seen so much beautiful fireworks , only on that particular Saturday night.The Arabian Gulf was really on fire, and looking at the Kuwait Towers, it was an amazing sight.

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Waiting for the show to begin

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Kuwait Towers amidst the fireworks display last Nov.10,2012

This country has more than enough money to throw on a 1-hour fireworks display amounting to $15 Million or approximately 4.163 Million KD! Imagine that…

About 77,282  individual fireworks were launched over a 3-mile-long (5 kilometers) stretch of coastline in Kuwait City over the course of 64 minutes. The intense show was part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the nation’s constitution. The elaborate spectacle broke a previous record set in Portugal in December 2006, when pyrotechnics experts set off some 66,326 fireworks across 37 launch sites on the island of Madeira.

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Kuwait made it into Guinness World records by displaying this extravagant fireworks display ever in the whole world. It’s grandeur can’t be compared to the fireworks displays during New Year or America’s 4th of July! I felt so lucky to witness this event and observed how organized chaos within the crowds could stir up so much excitement. I was one of the thousands of Expatriates and citizens who lined up the shores of Arabian Gulf and waited for hours to witness the show. Young and old, mothers with babies, and every single one waits in much anticipation. The Gulf road was partially closed to accommodate the huge crowds hours before the celebration begins. We went here 3 hours before the celebration because the traffic was so bad and we can’t find a space to park the car. The celebration included various activities to entertain the whole family. During the day, there were airplane shows and sea shows apart from parachute, acrobatic, and kite shows.

Whenever I see fireworks, I can’t help but to remember that one Saturday night in a chilly November, I have seen the Gulf on fire….

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2,500 Feet Underground : Enigma of the Sumaguing Cave

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Underground wonders inside the Cave of Sumaguing

When I saw today’s Daily Prompt : Underground, my nostalgic memory brings me back to one of my unforgettable Backpacking adventures, my first Cave Spelunking. I can only think of the time when we explored the Underground caves of Sumaguing in Sagada in Philippines and it still brings me back the chills.

What I discovered inside the cave was beyond my expectation. When I looked at the photos I took with my old  phone, I just didn’t do any justice to it.All we have is a kerosene lamp to guide us through the darkness. All I have is determination to get through the loops and the challenging cave connection.

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Cave Spelunking in Sagada

Cave Spelunking is something that calls for an adventurous spirit. It is something for someone who is willing to explore the unknown and unveil the enigma of the destination.

I still couldn’t believe that up there in the mountains of Sagada lies an underground mystery, buried thousand of years ago, under 2,500 feet underground.Just imagine a sight of burial graves of about 500 years old before entering this. When I touched the glistening and golden formations inside Sumaguing cave, I felt for a while the cave’s mysterious aura is hovering all the visitors who dare to explore it.Everywhere you see, it’s unexplainable, how could nature be so profound, yet so beautiful.

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Feeling the enigma of the underground beauty of Sumaguing Cave

Beauty underground is rare, It is found by those who seek it.

 

Have you ever been 2,500 feet under and explored something beautiful?

 

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Underground

Daily Prompt: Silence

 

 Silence is golden.

Especially when it’s raining.

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via Daily Prompt: Silence