Monday, January 12, 2015

Candaba Bird watching

I have always wanted to visit the wetlands of Candaba in Pampanga which is famous for migratory birds from the months of November to February. So when my bestie asked if I wanted to tag along with her to take pictures while she covered a feature story on migratory birds I immediately jumped at the opportunity. 

We met up at 4:30 am at the North Luzon expressway and from there it took us about an hour or so to reach this delightful bird sanctuary. The sun was just beginning to rise and the majestic Mt. Arayat from afar made a wonderful backdrop to the Candaba swamplands.

There were Herons and countless Philippine mallard or wild ducks everywhere. There were many other sightings of rare and beautiful birds. One had to be careful not to disturb their habitat and we were advised not to wear bright colored clothing. The birding enthusiasts in our group brought “mega” lenses that I would only see at the Olympic coverages. My 300mm camera lens was not enough to get up close and personal with the birds. But I managed to capture a few shots.

These migratory birds stay until February so If you want to visit Candaba you still have a few weeks to do so. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

My favorite time of the year for golf in the Philippines. When you are used to golfing in 30-35 Celsius you welcome the cooler weather in December. Every Christmas season the ladies of ladies of Forest Hills mount a year end December tournament that's tons of fun. Check this out...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Too many Christmas balls?

I had too many leftover Christmas balls after i set up our decors.  So I made a Christmas tree mobile to hand outside our door.  It's easy to do. Just make a circular frame and attach the Christmas balls with nylon thread.  Ho-Ho-Ho!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chateau Villemaurine

The Chateau Villemaurine is near the medieval town in St. Emillion. I went to visit their cellars and was surprised that aside from their lovely vineyards, they had quarries of limestone underground which you could explore with a lantern. These quarries existed way back in the 18th century. At the end of the quarry I saw light coming through and took a quick picture before leaving the tunnel. The Chateau Villemaurine also has a monolithic warehouse that houses some of the finest wines in St. Emilion.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Roses and Vineyards

Chateau Villemaurine, St. Emillion

At  the wineries of Bordeaux you will find roses at the end of the vineyard rows.  I always thought they were planted to make the vineyards look more beautiful.  Apparently not.  These roses are like guardian angels to the grape vines.  Making sure that the vines are taken care of.  Apparently both the roses and the grapes are sensitive to the same mildew that kills these plants.  So if anything happens to these roses, it would be indicative of something wrong in the vineyards and serve as an early warning to the wine growers.

The vineyards at Chateau Villamaurine, St. Emillion