Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Finding inner peace in Sagada

At any time of the day, the little noises here and there - the distant gleeful shouts of children playing, the billowing of pine tree leaves, or the howling of the wind as it blows through the forests of echo valley -- dissipate into an deep, intense kind of stillness. So much so that the quiet deafens. It's the kind of silence that either unnerves one or puts oneself into a higher state of placidity.

Finding ourselves in Sagada over the weekend, it was a blessing to experience such state of peace again. Away from the noise of urbanity, we can hear our thoughts loud and clear, akin to meditating.

It's my fourth time here (same with my best buddy, Ironwulf) and it was wonderful to just chill out and as Ferdz said in his blog, let photography take a backseat for a change. I personally took time to just let my mind wander, to drink in the deafening quietness, to let the hours pass without regard to the time of day. To nourish the mind as well as feed the gut, to give the palate time to relish the mountain-grown coffee and tea. To appreciate the luminous light that makes the scenery glow after the rains. Even with the threat of the after-effects of storm Marce, we were amply rewarded with things apart from a good capture. (Photo detail: taken on a stopover in Kibungan, Benguet, enroute to Bontoc)

13 comments:

the donG said...

another shot that really impresses me. galing talaga bro.

lagal[og] said...

thanks dom. funny that we find opportunities to capture moments like these when we least expected it. glad you liked it :-)

bertN said...

I cannot describe a moment in time like you did.

Marvz World said...

nice pics... nice post... hi was just hopping around... hope you can visit mine... thanks...tc

http://marvz18.blogspot.com/

Gud luck nga pala sa blog awards...^__^

lagal[og] said...

bert, i just wrote what i experienced :-) i guess a magical place like sagada makes one wax poetic :-D

arlene said...

you are really excellent in capturing a moment through your photos and words.

lagal[og] said...

arlene, kahit yata sino, magiging makata dito. i've been here four times and i've always enjoyed the experience.

Dingexx said...

wwooww..it was a great pic you have there..It was a cool view in front of you..BTW..!!I wonder if we could link ex-with my Travels and Tours blog. Looking forward on this..Just visit my blog and leave your blog info..Thxx

libpuritan said...

love your site (and photography). adding to my favorite links. =) hope you don't mind.

RONeiluke, RN said...

when i first fumbled in this site... the photos were the ones that captivated me... but reading your words... you're one blessed man, mate. the description was so vivid...

bloody wicked.. hope you win PBA..:)

lagal[og] said...

marvz, dingexx, libpuritan and roneil, maraming maraming salamat for your kind words. very much appreciated po each and everyone. give me time to link up, hectic lang kasi :-) God bless y'all!

Erick said...

nice shot bro!

cant wait for another sagada post. medyo excited kahit hindi pa approved ung leave ko. haha!

maganda sa kibungan yung mga ridge nila eh. nakita ko sa pictures. hope makapunta din tayo.

lagal[og] said...

thanks erick! sana nga matuloy ang sagada trip :-D

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