Coconut Flower

The beautiful flowers of the Coconut.

By the way, here’s an interesting fact about Coconuts:

The concept of large-scale gas deployment in World War 1 made gas masks a necessary tool to survive the war. Gas mask manufacturers in the US developed the use of coconut char (derived from burned coconut husks) as a vital component in gas masks. They discovered that masks using coconut carbon were far more efficient at filtering dangerous substances. Today, coconut carbon is still important in cleaning up radiation and has been used extensively in the cleanup project at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Throwback

Here’s a little throwback. This photo was taken at the summit of Mt. Dulan Dulang during our 3 day trek across the Kitanglad Mountain range. Mt. Dulang Dulang is the second tallest mountain in the Philippines, and is sacred ground for the local tribes. Before scaling up the mountain, climbers must first secure a government permit that must be signed by the local Datu (tribal chief) after a short briefing and cleansing ceremony.  In the photo is one of our guides, and the shirts we were trying to dry in the sun.

Milky Way

On a return trip from Cebu I arrived at the farm around 12am. While looking up at the stars, I noticed a white haze in the sky. It was traces of the Great Rift. I grabbed my camera and had all the perimeter and poultry lights turned off. I stayed up til 2am snapping photos. Some of them turned out really well despite the fact that I’m a newbie at Astrophotography.