larawan ng langit na dumidilim bago lumubog ang araw

Overcast sky by the MOA baywalk before the sun sets…

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.

larawan ng tabing-dagat ng Maynila sa dapithapon

People come around to be by the sea, to experience wide space after work or school.

Underneath this awning, Β there is the darkening, glistening sea… Its waves, gently lapping the rocks by the breakwater.

Larawan ng mga along tahimik na humahampas sa mga bato sa baybay-dagat

The water seems to whisper softly onto the rocks.

The promenade and the surroundings still look and feel clear. There is no need yet to turn the camera’s night mode on.

larawan ng lakaran sa may tabing-dagat katapat ng Mall of Asia

The night and the day wrestle for the dominion of the sky.

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.

larawan ng mga taong nanonood ng pagpapalit-kulay ng langit sa dapithapon

Watching the sky transform and the sun set by the Manila’s breakwater…

* 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. πŸ˜‰

31 comments on “Firmaments

  1. sorrygnat says:

    wonderful photos – wishing you well

  2. bagotilyo says:

    simple ang pictures pero astig πŸ™‚

  3. very soothing pics!

  4. How nice. I so miss going to such beautiful places. 😦

  5. The Secret Keeper says:

    Hello ate!

  6. ladyfi says:

    So restful to sit by the sea or lake, watch a lovely sunset or dawn, and just refresh the batteries.

  7. ZielonaMila says:

    Fantastic photographs. I am greeting

    • Greetings to you, too. πŸ™‚ How nice of you to stumble upon my blog. So glad… ^_^

      i’ve come over your site a few times and have enjoyed reading your entries immensely. your site is different, it reminds me of the writings of the classic naturalist authors. Warsaw is too far from where we are but thru your posts, I somehow feel that it is reachable, ahaha. ^^

      please let me know how i can subscribe to your site. also, i’ve been trying to leave comments there but they could not get through, for some reason… again, many thanks and well wishes. πŸ™‚

  8. krn says:

    Can I ask, do you have another blog? πŸ™‚

  9. J.A. Vas says:

    the text and the photos, for me, created an intense atmosphere. I just felt like being there: a beautiful daydreaming! πŸ™‚

    • Wow, many thanks, dear. Am glad you appreciated the post. The photos were taken in Mall of Asia (MOA) bay in Pasay. Pasay City, like the city of Manila, is rather old. Old and decaying, haha. But the sunset by the bay remains beautiful, after centuries of ravage. It’s really restful when one goes there… I hope things are doin’ well, your side of the world, hehe. πŸ˜‰

  10. singkamas says:

    Kung malapit lang sana’ng tabing dagat sa ‘min e araw-araw akong tatambay dun. Hello 35 and up ate na on hold ang cynicism! πŸ˜‰

  11. nadia says:

    You should post more pictures, San! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post.

  12. I should but I can’t. I don’t own a camera and the few times when I do using borrowed cams, my sisters raise their eyebrows as if asking – what could I be up to, this time? πŸ˜‰

  13. Lambing says:

    ay ate.. ang ganda talaga dito … ang ganda ng mga pictures naalala ko tuloy nung dinala ako dito ng special someone ko.. nawala lahat ng pagod ko sa 8 hours na byahe ko from my province to manila ayun oh…. mwah!

    • hala, may kakabit na special memories! paano na ang moving on? πŸ˜‰ aliw naman at napadaan ka, nagkamali ako ng click pero what the hey, it’s about time… and she left a comment with her signature mwah. what can I say? welcome around… ^_^

      glad you came by and have a look around – when you’ve nothing better to do, sister. hugs πŸ˜‰

  14. ivanlabayne says:

    i like the second picture: how we humans continue faring even with the portents from nature, or from any other thing, I believe. πŸ™‚

    • hello, ivan… sorry, this comment has gone wayward somewhere, didn’t see it till now, pasensya na… πŸ™‚ thanks for dropping by and taking a peek. hala pa, nothing profound in this post, really. the musings are in the longer essay as i explained above… but yes, you’re right about how humans continue faring despite the odds. sana nga, sana… have a good week πŸ˜‰

  15. akanedou says:

    reflection of water and sky gradation are very beautiful.
    I can imagine what kind of wind was blowing from this photographs.

    • hello, akanedou… thanks for swinging by and leaving a trace – am glad… πŸ™‚ thank you for appreciating the atmosphere in the post.coming from you, that’s a lot. πŸ™‚ thank you and cheers…

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