Nice place for a dirt nap
I went to the Philippines for the first time in May, and I am STILL (!!!!) working on the images I took there.
I just processed the images below and I am so jazzed about them that I wanted to post them here. One of the places I visited was a small resort city named El Nido on the island of Palawan. The town itself is really nothing special but the small islands that surround El Nido are remarkable. As is the fresh seafood there, fish and stuffed squid being a local specialty.
I came across a small, old cemetery used by the locals. It sits perhaps ten or fifteen yards from the water, surrounded by lush rainforest. In the late afternoon on the first day in El Nido I was walking down a dirt path and smelled smoke from ahead. I turned a corner and saw the gravestones on my left. On my right, among roosters and chickens hedonistically pecking away the locals were burning palm fronds, I guess to ward off the swarms of mosquitoes. With the frond fires crackling, roosters strutting and smoke rising into the tall palms in the gloaming it was a “Moment” burned into my brain. I returned the next morning with the camera just after dawn. Below are some shots. I love the moss covered gravestones and the plastic flowers are priceless.