The firmament does magic. Go to the Mall of Asia bay before six in the evening to see, not just how the sun sets, but also how the sky transforms itself. At this hour, the ceiling of the horizon might be overcast, but with no evidence of rain about to fall.
Underneath this awning, there is the darkening, glistening sea… Its waves, gently lapping the rocks by the breakwater.
The promenade and the surroundings still look and feel clear. There is no need yet to turn the camera’s night mode on.
Plenty of ambient light, although the coming of the night is pre-announced by the soft, cool winds blowing from the Northwest. Only the fishy, tangy smell of the sea reminds one of the nearness of this gigantic body of water.
* This is an excerpt from a much longer write-up written on January 20, 2012, with the title, Of Firmaments and Skyscrapers, an essay discussing the Manila Bay sky and the buildings in Makati’s central business district. Photos were taken by somebody who is not claiming to be a photographer, at the MOA baywalk, on January 17, 2012.
** The site has a humble gravatar, finally, taken from the the said photo series. 😉