This is a picture of the famous chocolate hills. The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. They look like giant mole hills, or as some say, women's breasts, and remind us of the hills in a small child's drawing. Most people who first see pictures of this landscape can hardly believe that these hills are not a man-made artifact. However, this idea is quickly abandoned, as the effort would surely surpass the construction of the pyramids in Egypts. The chocolate hills consist of are no less than 1268 hills (some claim this to be the exact number). They are very uniform in shape and mostly between 30 and 50 metres high. They are covered with grass, which, at the end of the dry season, turns chocolate brown. From this color, the hills derive their name. At other times, the hills are green, and the association may be a bit difficult to make.
Legend has it that the hills came into existance when two giants threw stones and sand at each other in a fight that lasted for days. When they were finally exhausted, they made friends and left the island, but left behind the mess they made. For the more romantically inclined is the tale of Arogo, a young and very strong giant who fell in love with an ordinary mortal girl called Aloya. After she died, the giant Arogo cried bitterly. His tears then turned into hills, as a lasting proof of his grief.
However, up to this day, even geologists have not reached concensus on how they where formed. The most commonly accept theory is that they are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of a impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque. Another picture is shown in the Workshop.
PP; Adjusted levels control; Increased saturation by +4; Sharpened using Noiseware; Cropped and framed.
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Steft (5975) 2005-06-21 9:58
Very impressive landscape. I have never seen choclate landscape like this before. Nice wide view and good composition. Only a shame that the sky was so white, but that is hard to control.
kurtyang04 (478) 2005-06-22 17:21
I really enjoy the photo with great information. great documental work. I'd like you crop the sky too. The sharpness is not ideal. You got great digital camera and good lens. I am not sure if this tripod or post-workshop problem. Happy posting.
feather (51128) 2005-06-22 17:44
What an amazing picture. Because they are so unique I am surprise I have not heard of them before. I think I prefer the WS version; it gives more idea of the scale. It is difficult to get an idea of the size; is the foliage in the foreground trees or bushes?
cyrrhus (2878) 2005-11-16 16:33
I am a geologist and a belgian chocolate fanatic... but I had never heard about chocolate hills!!!
Thanks for making us discover remote places of Philippines.
fbauer (361) 2006-04-12 17:29
That`s very interesting and well done indeed,Andre.Chocolate-hills,I had immediatly chocolate pudding in my mind. ;)) Franz
Albrecht (11279) 2006-11-20 13:30
The subject is great and interesting, but you have edited to much or lost to much detail in the process of putting on TE. That's a pity.
- Copyright: Andre Salvador (erdna) (5707)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-14
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S, VR, Promaster 72 mm UV Filter
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): BOHOL PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-21 9:48