Tag Archives: Nature

Matterhorn in my Mind



I fell in love with you just at first sight! Amazing how one could be so enthralled with your grandeur to muster courage and get closer to you. It was getting late yet Jaq, Imee and I were unmoved…we kept moving up, past meadows with bits of unmelted snow from the snowfall the day before, herd of sheep, more meadows and empty old wooden cabins up in the mountains.

We made it here– serene, the air cool and fresh and the VIEW, ahh, how awesome is that! The setting sun behind us casts that golden yellow color on to Matterhorn!

We made our descent back to Casa Vanessa, hesitantly though, before the sun fully set. Was it worth the climb? Definitely!

(post-processing assistance, credit to my husband Frayne Buhong)







HOME — where the water flows freely and the birds sing heavenly, where the soul rests in tranquility and the heart beats soundly, where the air smells fresh and the wind blows coldly, where the sun plays hide & seek and the moon rises calmly, where the clouds embrace the mountains high, the rain splits splats and the rainbow display is sometimes more than just one at a time. (Ba-ag, Tam-an, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines)

My 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge

Yesterday I successfully completed my 7-Day Nature-themed Photo Challenge on Facebook. It was, in a way, challenging, having to dig into your stock of photos as soon as you reach home from work and scamper to post it before the clock strikes 12 midnight. It was also fun especially when you find an image you have long forgotten having taken and actually be proud of it, more so when you need not have to do much post-processing.

As only a couple of you are my friends on Facebook, I would like to share these photographs to the rest of you with hopes that these would bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart. Comments are most welcome, too.


Day 1: Chasing the Sunset on My Birthday! — Sir Baniyas Island, Abu Dhabi


Day 2: Matterhorn dubbed as “toblerone mountain” on a sunny day after the snowfall. – Zermatt, Switzerland



Day 3: “Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.”– Bernard Meltzer  – Zermatt, Switzerland



Day 4: My version of the Aurora Borealis! Soon, God-willing, I will get to see the real one! – Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao



Day 5: One day I got bored (ang tambay na-bore?), went for photowalk by the terraces and got this. Productive Boredom huh! Nabongyawan Rice Terraces – Poblacion, Hungduan, Ifugao



Day 6: The rainbow before the heavy downpour. – Laodicea, Denizli


Day 7: Boble Mid Bannawor! My solo trek of the Viewpoint-Bocos Trail.- Banaue, Ifugao


Early Morning Beauty!

I woke up to one February morning with a nagging feeling to pick up my Niko and head out for an early walk. A stirring feeling, not even the chilly temperature, could hamper me from jumping off bed.

A muffled yellow-orange hue painted the horizon with scattered gray clouds hanging by greeted me as I stepped out of the house.  The place was nice and quiet, except for the sound of chirping birds, crowing roosters, a barking dog, flowing water on the side of the house and a passing public bus.

Few meters walk from my parents house is this awe-inspiring scenery.  I remember getting down here before when I was a kid to watch my parents help during harvest time while nibbling on young rice grains, locally called (k)utim or (k)ut-timan.  Even I was surprised why I have not visited this place for ages.

Just when I thought I was early to catch the sunrise, the dew-wet mud dike showed dog’s footprints! Oh well, it was nice to have shared the beauty before me…and I would like to share it with you too!


PAYO. The pride of the Ifugao forebears, carved from the slopes of the mountains 2,000 years ago using rough tools, for food. Photo taken from Ba-ag, Tam-an, Banaue, Ifugao.