Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Waterfalls at last!

The Projects Review and Planning Workshop of our division in the office was held in Tanay, Rizal. I know that Rizal province has many towns in the uplands, but this is my first time there. The terrain is really hilly with limited vegetation, poor soils in many parts, denuded and prone to landslides. The road is circuitous and long, so from Quezon City we reached it in 3 hours by private vehicle. Trips like these are more fascinating for me than the continuous and boring plain. So i had the fun of my life, however shooting is very difficult. I didn't have any descent photo while inside the vehicle.

Before leaving the area for home, we visited aside from the Regina RICA retreat place, the Daranak Falls. It was about half an hour from the Bakasyunan Resort that housed us. From the hills our vehicle went down to the deep ravines, and the photo below greeted us at the entrance.

The above photo could have been shot during the rainy season, as the volume of water at the falls is bigger than it is now. It was like a curtain covering most of the fall ridges. It is understandable at the peak of the dry season, water volume is really very low. Fortunately, the lagoon is wide enough for swimmers to still enjoy the area.


A 20 pesos entrance fee is required of every adult. After the entrance, facilities like huts, tables and restrooms are available for groups. There are also barbecue grounds and sitting areas. From the picnic areas, concrete stairs with rails will guide tourists down to the falls.

I hope i can be back when the waters are bigger and the falls larger. That will be more fun for shooting.


23 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhh---that is gorgeous... As you know, I LOVE waterfalls --even the ones with not-so-much water!!! Hope you can go back sometime when the water is really flowing!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Yes Betsy, i know of you are George's preoccupation. In fact i am envious because you can always go to waterfalls there, when we don't have much of them here. I also shoot anything even if it's just a little water flow, haha!

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  2. Very calm and relaxing moment to enjoy in these waterfalls.
    Lovely.

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    1. Yes James, waterfalls sooths aching hearts and disoriented minds!

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  3. Beautiful waterfalls! I would love to be there- some day :)

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    1. Oh sure come here and I can show you those that are more beautiful than this one. But nothing compares to your Maui drive, where you saw many waterfalls on the same road.

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  4. whoa! i've heard of daranak falls before but never really seen it. it's special.

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  5. Beautiful shots of the falls.

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  6. 20 Pesos is a bargain! A beautiful place Andrea!

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  7. Beautiful falls. I always enjoy photos of areas I haven't seen in person through someone else's eyes.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  8. This is a pretty waterfall even with the low water levels going over it. I hope you can get back to see it during the rainy season.

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  9. Waterfalls are always beautiful. Is the condition of your hill country partly the result of erosion, and are there any efforts to restore lost flora?

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  10. That is a lovely spot to visit.

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  11. This is a pretty waterfall. I do hope that you return during the rainy season so you can get a photograph similar to the one on the sign at entrance to the falls.

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  12. What an awesome sight. Glad you shared as that is the only way I get to see these great places.

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  13. Awesome looking place to visit.
    JM Illinois
    U.S.A.

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  14. What a beautiful waterfalls and lagoon. Looks so inviting.

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  15. The falls are lovely and I look forward to seeing more of them

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  16. Beautiful place. I can imagine how cool it is down there. It must be a great place to escape when it gets excessively hot!

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  17. What a beautiful waterfall - even if it is not as full as in the rainy season. I would love to go swimming there! What a fun place for a picnic!

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  18. Hi Andrea, Even tough the water was low, the falls are quite spectacular. I am glad you incorporated some swimmers in your shots because it helps to give a sense of the scale of the falls.

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