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Photograpy: Chaotic traffic jams and beautiful Nature


Chaotic traffic jams and beautiful Nature


A short visit to Subic and Angeles City last weekend proved to more then I had expected.

I was on assignment to cover some very specific areas in the Pampanga area and my good friend Hans from the
Filipino Travel Center joined me. (he actually did all the driving, thanks a lot Hans)

Under normal condition (but then what’s normal in Manila) it should not take more then 2.5 hours to reach Angeles City but unlucky for us Manila was in a gridlock with traffic jams beyond belief and it took us much longer to reach our destination.
But in the end it was all worth it and the next couple of days proved to be very enjoyable and rewarding. Discovering hidden waterfalls, hiking through pristine jungle with the super nice and friendly Aetas and rewarded ourselves by the end of the day with a very cold beer.

I had to cover a variety of different locations and subjects but thanks to Hans and his knowledge of the area we managed to get everything done that was on my shooting list.

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A spontaneous encounter with young Aeta girl, Philippines


I personally enjoyed our drive through the gorges leading to the Puning Hot Springs, created by the famed Mt Pinatubo eruption in 1991. It is a beautiful scenic and ragged terrain, a visual treat for Photography, Geologist and Nature Lovers.
An awesome landscape shaped by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption, with the river traversing through deep gorges lined with lush vegetation like huge fans and other plants, it was indeed unexpected and a pleasant surprise after the chaotic traffic in Manila.

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Spectacular Gorges on the way to the
Puning Hot Springs, Philippines


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Spectacular Gorges on the way to the
Puning Hot Springs, Philippines


In other areas we did some Jungle trekking and chanced upon a group of Aeta women collection Takipan in the rainforest, a vegetable that can be eaten raw or is used in soup by the locals. Of course I had to taste it; again to my surprise the raw Takipan was very nice and I enjoyed it very much, this could make indeed a very nice salad provided by Mother Nature.

But there is so much more to discover and I upload a selection of Images next week into my PhotoShelter Archives but for now you can check out a very small preview/selection on my website.
http://www.gdeichmann-photo.com/code-2/

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Aeta collecting fire wood, Philippines


Thanks again to Hans from
Filipino Travel Center, a good friend and companion and I keep you posted since the two of us planning something you might find very interesting. (Photo Tour/Workshop)

After all getting out of Manila can be a blessing and Mother Nature is only 2.5 hours away, provided there is no traffic jam in Manila.
GD

Cambodian Tale, the Tiger and Mouse

Cambodia, July 2017

Some nice Cambodian tales I received in my Hotel room during my last private Photography Workshop, actually everyday there was another interesting story rolled up on a nice piece of paper on my bed and wishing me a very good night and in due time I post a few more.

See below one of those Cambodian tales, true to everyday life and nature, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
GD


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Fallen leaves during the Monsoon Season in Cambodia - © Gunther Deichmann


A CAMBODIAN TALE CALLED THE TIGER AND THE MOUSE...


ON ONE HOT DAY, A LONG TIME AGO, TIGER CAME OUT OF THE WOODS TO

DRINK WATER FROM A POND AT A CLEARING; THERE HE MET MOUSE WHO HAD THE

SAME IDEA. FEELING BOASTFUL AND SUPERIOR, TIGER SAID TO MOUSE:

"YOU ARE SUCH AN INSIGNIFICANT AND USELESS CREATURE; THERE IS NOTHING

YOU CAN DO THAT I CANNOT DO, SO LEAVE MY SIGHT?"

MOUSE, FEARFUL OF TIGER, RETREATED BACK TO THE FIELDS.

IT JUST HAPPENED THAT DAY; TRAPPERS WERE IN THE FOREST SETTING

UP NETS, TRYING TO CAPTURE A TIGER FOR THE KING. TIGER, USUALLY CAREFUL

BUT FEELING PROUD AFTER CHASING MOUSE AWAY, WAS NOT LOOKING WHERE HE

WAS GOING AND UNFORTUNATELY STEPPED ON THE TRAP. SUDDENLY, THERE HE

WAS, TANGLED IN THE NET UP ON THE TREE, TIGER TRIED TO FREE HIMSELF BUT

WAS UNABLE TO. HE KEPT ON CALLING PASSING ANIMALS TO HELP HIM BUT THEY

COULD NOT GET HIM OUT, DESPERATE, HE KNEW THE KIND OF FATE THAT

AWAITED HIM, BEING IN A LOCKED CAGE AND BEATEN UP BY THE KING'S GUARDS.

WELL, IT JUST HAPPENED THAT MOUSE WAS PASSING THROUGH THE

FOREST AND HE HEARD THE CRIES OF TIGER, HE APPROACHED AND OFFERED TO

HELP. BY THIS TIME, TIGER WAS LOSING HOPE, ANY OFFER OF HELP WAS

WELCOMED, MOUSE CLIMBED UP INTO THE NET AND IN NO TIME, CHEWED THE

CORDS OUT AND FREED TIGER. MOUSE, THEN SAID TO HIM:


"YOU, EARLIER SAID THAT I WAS A USELESS CREATURE BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, I

WAS ABLE TO FREE YOU, DO NOT MOCK ANY ANIMAL BECAUSE OF IT'S SIZE.

BECAUSE WE ARE SMALL DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE USELESS, EACH CREATURE

POSSESSES UNIQUE SKILLS."

TIGER, SHAMEFUL AND WITH HIS HEAD DOWN, RAN BACK TO THE FOREST

AS QUICKLY AS HE COULD, SO FROM THIS DAY ON, TIGERS LEARNED NOT TO

DISRESPECT MICE.

Awesome light over a magic place, Cambodia July 2017

Awesome light over a magic place, Cambodia July 2017
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia, July 2017
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This was a very first for me, well at least in such an intensity, a full Rainbow over the ancient Khmer Angkor Wat Temple. It was raining heavy all day but Arno Baetz and myself kept on going, trust me nothing was dry we were soaking wet right through the bone.

We left the Bayon Temple area where we had a great Rainbow just 20 minutes earlier, when I decided to take a quick dash over to Angkor Wat in the hope for good light.
Just in time… and what an awesome sight awaited us with almost no people around, they all took cover or went back to their Hotel early since it was raining heavy almost the whole day. It was pure magic for a while, the light and a full rainbow over the historical Angkor Wat temple. I experienced great light and the odd rainbows before at this famous archeology site but nothing like this.

Ohhh... how I love the unpredictable Monsoon season, you never know what's going to happen next, I guess you have to stay out there, get soaking wet and take some chances, and for me ... this was the best 25th anniversary present visiting Cambodia since my first visit
in April 1992.

Please Note:

We just updated/fine tuned and added a few more images to the Galley on my new website and if you can spare a moment please drop by and check out the latest Images from Vietnam and Cambodia including many more from this magic day and please take note of my new Domain Name.

www.gdeichmann-photo.com

NEW HOME/Website: http://www.gdeichmann-photo.com

NEW Blog:
http://www.gdeichmann-photo.com/blog/

Until soon,
Cheers GD


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