Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tropical Highway Scenes

I am fond of taking photos while inside the bus going home to the province on Saturday mornings and returning to the big city again the following day. This time I make sure to sit on the left side of the bus for the sunset views. It is very difficult to take photos while the bus is in full speed at the highway, but i just keep on shooting, sometimes i get a few decent shots.

Akasya trees or raintree (Samanea saman) are towering above other vegetation in this side of the highway. It is untypical canopy for this tree, but they are regularly pruned to behave that way. Fruit trees below them need partial shading for proper growth and development. 

This is a scene in one of the toll gates. I like the combination of the  hedge colors here. 

 It would be very nice if the bus will just stop here for me to take nicer shots of this landscape. I love the white sugarcane flowers in the foreground. They glisten with the afternoon sun, but they gently sway with the wind, producing the blurry effects.

The sun here is already hiding beyond the tall bamboos. How i love to have a long zoom lens on the ground to take this scene. Never mind, a private car one of these days will solve this wish. 

I am joining Tina's PicStory to give them some deviation from the winter grey skies at the other side of the world. Our tropical skies seldom get grey in the whole year.

  Our World Tuesday Graphic


52 comments:

  1. I love the photo of the sugar cane fields with the blooms swaying in the evening breeze. Come to think of it, I've not being to a sugar cane for decades. Must make a trip to the farm one of these days.

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    1. That is the only sugarcane fields i've seen nearest me, as normally they are out of the way. This is a new expressway, so the old fields were bared.

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  2. Samanea Saman = Raintree not equal to Acacia sp.

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    1. You are right, the common name is raintree. Acacia is our local term, but it is not acacia, i didn't say it is Acacia sp!

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  3. I do miss the rural sceneries of the Philippines, especially on bus rides going out of Manila. It's a lovely country :)

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    1. Is this Mark? If you are, i can understand. You should come back often.

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  4. thanx for your tropical piece of heaven! i feel little bit more warm now :)

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    1. hahaha Tina, I hope you do! Keep warm.

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  5. What lovely scenery! I like the sugar cane flower photo. I never thought of them having flowers. Great photos. Thanks for sharing your part of the world.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Thanks Loraine, I always wish i can just stop and get better shots of what i see, but i am not privileged to do that yet. How are you now?

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  6. Good job taking those pics from a moving bus! I like the sugarcane field. Must be a beautiful country.

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    1. yes Jason, it is beautiful country, that even I who always see these scenery still keep my eyes wide open on the road.

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  7. HI Andrea, You have a fabulous ride on the bus... AND--you managed to get some great pictures.. I liked them all, but of course, the sunset is my favorite one.. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy, taking shots on a fast moving bus makes my back ache, as i cannot sit properly while always looking sideways. My seatmate might be disturbed too! thanks for appreciation.

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  8. I love those raintrees and the beauty of the bamboo in silhouette

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    1. Yes Donna, it is actually so beautiful looking at those tall bamboos, how i wish i can put the beauty of their greenness here in the posts. They are amazing in normal view!

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  9. Andrea, beautiful shots of the raintrees and the sky shots are lovely. You did a great job taking the photo from a moving vehicle. Have a happy day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, it is really difficult and from the so many shots i can only get very few ones! How i wish i can have shots like yours.

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  10. Hi Andrea, I am glad that you stopped by and am sorry to be so slow to return your visits. My hubby and I both came down with a terrible winter flu. I still am coughing and coughing. Anyway...One good thing about your bus ride is that it leaves you free to let your mind wander, to look out and observe something other than the road. I used to compute 40-45 minutes each way to my job. Traffic in a big city takes all your attention and there were many times I wish that I had that commute time to think about something else besides driving! Of course the great thing about having a car is that you are free to stop, get out and take pictures. I love your description of the sugar cane flowers. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Jennifer, i hope you are well now, it seems many from the winter climes got it. I've long wanted to have a private car drive me along our highways, but it takes so long.

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  11. Amazing photographs! And such a lovely countryside.

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    1. Thanks for your visit and appreciation NC mountainwoman.

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  12. I think you did grrat taking shots. You were lucky too that the bus had clean windows :)

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    1. Hahaha, actually the windows are not clean, but the magic with DSLR telefoto unlike the point and shoot models is that the dirt near the camera are not seen. That has been my problem before with PnS, window dirt, haha! thanks.

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  13. What wonderful views Andrea! Such beautiful sunsets. Great shots!

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    1. Hi Lona, i have a lot more beautiful sunsets, so you better come over soon! Thanks for the visit.

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  14. It is amazing that you get such great shots from a moving bus! These are beautiful and give me a good idea of what your country-side is like. I almost feel like I was on the bus with you. Had to laugh at the idea of the bus driver stopping so you could get a better picture. Ha...I am lucky if my husband will stop the car for me to get one! ;)))

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    1. Thank you Sallie, I also visualized the bus stopping to allow me get a nice photo and i laughed too, hahaha! I have always been posting photos while in the bus going home and back. I never nap at all like other travelers.

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  15. A wonderful romance of colour and light in these beautiful scenes! Especially love the atmosphere in the last two photos!

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    1. Thank you Gemma, i always love your choice of words, "poetic-romatic-artistic-mystical".

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  16. my big problem taking a pic from my car is that the windows are so dirty - blame the dog....nice collection of tropical landscape

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    1. hahaha, lower the window wipe it from inside while the car is moving, then shoot!

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  17. Hi Andrea, don't we at times simply have to think out of the box.

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    1. Alistair, i didn't get what you mean, is it within the context of this post?

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    2. Hi Andrea, I am now expecting you to be a mind reader. I was just thinking, how interesting to not only think of taking pictures from a moving bus and also getting such good results. Something I would not have thought of, hence, thinking outside of the box. Told you I sometimes make rubbish comments!

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    3. Thanks for the clarification Alistair, as i've been thinking of unusual things bordering on something that will be unjust for you. I didn't know that is supposed to be a complement, haha, i thought you meant that my mind is very predictable and ordinary.

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  18. Pretty shots... esp. that of the sugar cane flowers...

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  19. Nice shots -- love the sunset shots. It is definitely not easy to take a photo while the bus is speeding ahead. I love acacia trees too. :)

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    1. Oh yes Jean very frustrating. But this acacia looks different that what we use to see, because they are pruned like that.

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  20. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  21. You got some very wonderful photos from the moving bus, which is not at all easy to do. I really like your picture of the sun behind the bamboo.

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    1. Yes George very difficult to do and very frustrating especially because most of the time my shots are bad, the reason i almost asked the driver to stop the bus!

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  22. Those are great shots. You are a photographer extraordinaire!

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    1. Oh that's too much for me Melanie, haha, but thanks!

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  23. I am amazed how good the shots are from a moving bus. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much Fun60, my neck gets stiff for always looking sideways, LOL

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  24. Fantastic shot at the bottom! The trees on the top shot somehow remind me of the acacias in Africa.

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  25. Hi there - I do like the bus shot - it manages to give a look of movement without being too blurred.

    Yes, we do have a small population - but it can still be hard to find a bit of solitude, because most people live in a small part of the country.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  26. Beautiful pictures! You are a good photographer!
    Ps: My religion is Christianity.

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  27. I know how you feel:) Frustrating to be on a bus while passing all the gorgeous views. This happened to us on Sunday! A bird flew next to the bus and I wasn't able to get clear views. I just knew it was different. Frustrating!

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