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Out in the Woods at 5AM

Nature paints different views at different hours during the day. Once, while I was in the woods at 5AM, it painted faded hues and soft tones of black and gray.
Though it was still a bit dark and my camera struggles for light, the bare branches of the tree struck me. The intricate patterns they make against the sleepy sky reminded me of shadows I used to be afraid of when I was young. They brought me back to my childhood when, at night, I would hide under the blanket, afraid of the tangle of shadows that swayed with the wind.

Nature always speaks to me most eloquently on moments like this. I am humbled to look up and see how big the trees are. They just grew there, I assume, without anyone caring for themβ€”just the earth at their feet and the sky above. While we, humans, struggle every single day to live, they just stand there, firmly rooted and arms spread, ready to receive heavenly blessings.

Moments like this ground me. This is why I always seek comfort from the trees, the ocean, the rivers, the blue skies. Nature has its way of reminding me of my strengths and my weaknesses, my vulnerabilities and my worthlessness. At the same time, it affords me the ability to feel and the opportunity to realize my own depths.

Posted 4 years, 3 months ago at 10:22 am.


42 Replies

  1. Wow…. ganda naman ng lugar. ang sarap siguro ng feeling na naglalakad sa ganyan ng madaling araw. feel at one with the nature talaga.

    o kaya para ring nasa harry potter scene, tapos lalabas ang mga dementors. hehehe

  2. Hehe natawa ako sa dementors, Rogie. Buti na lang walang dementors na lumabas nung andun ako. Di ko pa mandin dala yung wand ko at di ko pa masyado napractice yung Expecto Patronum spell hehehe

  3. hahaha, praktisin mo na Ms. N πŸ™‚

  4. Hmn, which should I practice, Rogie? πŸ™‚

  5. that is lovely! i can feel the quiet. πŸ™‚

    thanks for stopping by!

  6. Thank you, too! It was a pleasure to visit your blog. I enjoyed looking at your photos and reading how things are going on in your side of the world.

  7. 5am.

    Everything still runs wild in the woods.


  8. You got me smiling with your haiku. Thanks so much!

  9. Jonathan Jul 14th 2013

    What beautiful photographs! And the texts that goes with them are gems.

  10. Jonathan,
    Happy to see you here again. Kumusta?
    Thank you for your kind words.

  11. Jonathan Jul 22nd 2013

    Mabuti naman. I didn’t see any of Tarlac or Baguio under your categories. Will go there so wondering if you posted any.

  12. Hi Jonathan,

    I haven’t posted anything yet about Baguio and Tarlac though I have been to these provinces several times. I am actually looking for some of my photos among my files hehe. Looks like nawawala pa nga yung ibang photos ko ng Baguio πŸ™ But I’ll try to find them. Anyway, medyo marami namang infor na makukuha mula sa mga blog friends natin na mga travel bloggers πŸ˜‰ Pero super appreciated ko ang paghahanap mo ng post about Baguio and Tarlac here at my blog. Thanks!

  13. wah i like this post damang -dama ko yung serenity kahit sa text pa lang tas yung mga pix hmmm parang nakakaginaw. heheh

  14. Hoshi! Naks, talagang damang-dama ha πŸ™‚ Pareho pala tayong mahilig sa mga ganyang serene na eksena. Natawa naman ako dun sa nakakaginaw na pix haha. Pero, trulili, maginaw talaga nung mga oras na ‘yan.

  15. Nature is really pretty.. Buti nakakayanan mong gumising ng ganyang oras at kumuha ng pictures. πŸ™‚

  16. Hi Orville,
    I am fond of taking early morning photos as well as late afternoon photos. Andun madalas ang beauty ng nature at its best πŸ˜‰

  17. Beautiful photos as always, Miss N! The foggy ones look eerie but I would love to go there! Na-miss ko ng mag-trek at mamundok. Sigh. At na-miss ko na din itong blog mo!

    Btw, do you still do photography prompts? Pa-link naman sa sites if you do. Ang LP exclusive to Instagram na yata eh.

  18. Buge! I missed you ah πŸ™‚ Grabe, such a long, long time na. I was just starting this blog when we were first interacting online, sa Litratong Pinoy pa noon. Yes, nasa Instagram na ang LP, di na rin ako nagpa-participate sa mga photography prompts for lackk of time to take photos sa ngayon. But I would love to. Perhaps you can join the Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress.com. Tapos meron pa rin naman yung Wordless Wednesday. And then there’s Skywatch Friday rin and Show Your World. You can just look for them from google.

  19. Hi there.

    Appreciate your friendly comment on my page! πŸ™‚
    So you’re a nature lover. Such wonderful photos… Anyway, I like your entry on the “Kadang-kadang” thing. In Malay, “kadang-kadang” means “sometimes”. Apparently it’s an outdoor game there. Interesting!

  20. Hi back to you!
    Interesting indeed how dynamic words are and how they can mean another thing in another place. Yes, it is an outdoor game here πŸ™‚ I have learned another thing from youβ€”kadang-kadang means “sometimes.”

  21. This is a lovely! Your thoughts are so similar to so many others on this beautiful planet. We all have our fears of growing up and experiencing life. Thanks do much for visiting my world.


    Sophie and Ron

  22. Hello, Sophie and Ron. Thank you for your kind words about my blog. It made me smile. Enjoy your walks together and hope to read more about Sophie’s adventure.

  23. i like the nostalgic effect on those woods. hmmm i might try going out and taking a pic early in the morning too πŸ˜€

  24. You should, Sam. There’s beauty even in the early hours of morning πŸ˜‰

  25. Feels good to wake up early in the morning, feeling refreshed and see the wonders of nature. So relaxing…I just love mornings..Love your images !! Awesome!

  26. Aha, another morning lover πŸ™‚ Yes, I agree, masarap gumising sa umaga, refreshed by nature’s wonders.

    Thank you so much for your kind words about my photos, Ric.

  27. I love reading your blog because it reminds of the many blessings that I have! Thanks for this, Ms N!

    PS. felt the same way about them dementors too, hahaha πŸ™‚

  28. Ahh, na-touch naman ako sa sinabi mo, Dinah. Maraming salamat. I am all the more inspired to post here πŸ™‚

    Hmn, on my next early morning walks, I should bring a wand na, in case dementors appear haha!

  29. Oh wow! Totally magical shots.

  30. Thank you so much, Fiona!

  31. ahhh, beautiful capture of the woods, i especially love those foggy shots, indeed, nature opens to us so many realizations, it’s great to be out experiencing it

  32. Ms. Betchai!
    Tama ka po. Kaya siguro addicted ako sa outdoors hehehe.

  33. Nice photos. I remember our retreat in Tagaytay. Similar, bounded with trees and nature. πŸ™‚

  34. Hi Genzel, welcome to my blog. Thanks for the visit and for your kind words about the photos. Yes, Tagaytay is one province that still abound with trees, di nga lang dense forest. But still, marami pa ring trees. That’s why aside from its elevation, malaking factor din sa cool climate niya ang maraming trees.

  35. The first photo looks like a scene from a ghost movie… πŸ™‚ where in the world is this? I usually take morning walks, pero not as peaceful as this scene, lumalakad kasi ako papuntang church, kaya dinadaanan ko sidewalk ng highway… totally different from these pics. hope you enjoy the rest of the week ahead and thanks for the visit.

  36. Hi Carey!
    These were taken in Sagada, Mountain Province. Ang ganda dun! Kahit super init sa Manila, doon naman super lamig. Masarap maglakad early in the morning. Ang dami pang puno sa paligid.

    Salamat din sa visit, Carey.

  37. Wooow, ang ganda naman ng entry na ito.

  38. Big thanks!

  39. hello, Ms. N… lovely pics as usual, wonderful musings… πŸ™‚

  40. Thanks, Ate San. nag-emo lang sa ilalim ng mga puno haha!

  41. Great shots!

    At first, it looks scary like a scene in a horror movie but then it’s not.
    I like how the fog almost covered up the trees.

    And the last two shots reminds me of heaven or at least that’s how I perceives heaven to be. πŸ˜€

  42. Hi Dylan,

    You have a very nice idea of how you perceive heaven to be. Karaniwan kasi, clouds lang ang nai-imagine sa heaven. Ikaw, you imagined it with trees and grasses and some flowers. Hmn, ako sa totoo lang, I haven’t really thought about what my idea of heaven looks like. Siguro maliwanag lang siya tapos magaan ang feeling ng mga taong andun πŸ™‚

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