On the way to the Pagsanjan Falls, negotiating the rapids in the gorge. I have to take my hat off to the guys who work the dugout canoes: they must do this every day, and it's not a stroll in the park! A bit later, and there was a lot of white water, but by then I'd decided - prudently - to put my camera away.
Pagsanjan Falls (indigenous name: Magdapio Falls) are one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines, located in the province of Laguna. The falls are reached by a river trip on dugout canoe known locally as shooting the rapids, originating from the municipality of Pagsanjan. The town itself dates from early Spanish times and lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac and the Bumbungan. The falls and gorge were declared a National Park on March 29, 1939 . The Pagsanjan Gorge National Park covers an area of 152.64 hectares (377.2 acres).
According to history, the Pagsanjan Falls is rich in legendary lore. Long, long ago, recounts one legend, there were no falls. There were only the foliaged highlands, the twin rivers, called Bumbungan and Balanac, and the alluvial delta (where the town of Pagsanjan now nestles). On the eastern bank of the Bumbungan River lived two old brothers named Balubad and Magdapio. For many years, the two brothers enjoyed a rustic life of peace and happiness. But one day calamity struck. A terrible drought brought ruin and death. No rains came for successive months. The soil became dry as tinder. The blooming flowers and food plants withered and died. The birds, deer, wild hogs, monkeys, and other animals disappeared. The rivers, creeks, and mineral springs dried up. Not a single drop of life-giving rain fell from heaven.
Going upstream to the falls then shooting the rapids downstream through the verdant tropical gorge
Balubad and Magdapio suffered immensely. Day and night, they prayed for rain, but the gods did not heed their prayers. The older and weaker of the two brothers, Balubad, died of thirst. Magdapio, with a sorrowing heart, buried him on the slope of the mountain overlooking the river delta. This mountain is now called Balubad.
Left alone in a waterless world, Magdapio agonizingly trekked to the upper region of the arid riverbed. He reached the high rocky cliffs, after an arduous journey. To his utter disappointment, he found no water.
"Ye gods!" he sobbed bitterly, "Where is the water?" In despair, he angrily hurled down his big cane among the rocks.
Suddenly, a spring bubbled on the spot where the cane fell. Rapidly it grew bigger. The fresh waters roared down the canyon walls, soon becoming a booming waterfall. Amazed at the miracle, Magdapio fell on his knees and thanked the gods. He drank the cool water until he felt new energy surging in his blood. Thus emerged the falls of Pagsanjan.
(Taken from Wikipedia)
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danos (87551) 2011-11-25 4:12
nice the snapshot with the men to push the yellow boat to the way to the Pagsanjan falls. I like the fascinating scenery with the tourists to go upstream to the falls to enjoy the pure Nature.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
saxo042 (37580) 2011-11-25 8:34
The photo really brings the feeling of sitting in the canoe, anticipating to trip along the river. The dynamics and actions are perfectly captured.
marina7 (8055) 2011-11-30 13:45
I can see myself sitting in that boat about three years ago admiring the stunning scenery around and those men pulling the boats through the rocky rapids. Only our boat was a blue and orange one:) That was an overwhelming experience. Unfortunately my shots of this gorgeous place didn't come out very well since it was raining that day and I wasn't quick enough to capture the action the right way but I have a similar shot to yours, maybe I'll post it some day. Thanks for the memories and a great capture.
npecanhuk (66382) 2011-12-03 2:37
Wow! I'd love to be there with you guys! What an adventure!
The picture also pleases me a lot for it places me right there with you all!
Chosen pov, composition, colors and exposure are highlights!
TFS - congrats,
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-01-12 6:58
I really love the dynamism of this photo, the chosen perspective is the key! It seems to transport me into the action! Great POV play, well chosen framing and composition. This adventure looks fun, I should consider going here soon, I guess i need to buy a waterproof casing for my camera first. Thanks for sharing this one! Nice note too!