Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Off the coast of Marinduque, Philippines


I find this rock off the southwestern coast of Marinduque, Philippines a beauty to look at. It looks hostile and foreboding but in fact, with some rain, a little sunshine and a gust of wind carrying those tiny, featherweight seeds, this uninviting rock has been turned into a microcosm of plant life. And with plants and moss growing, next comes the insects, birds and a number of small mollusks creating a small universe of flora and fauna.

The rock might look isolated but that’s not entirely true. It is still connected to the nearby isles by the sea water lapping at its feet, the fine sand underneath, and the comings and goings of winged creatures from the rock to the islet and vice versa. I suppose this is the same with humankind. No matter how isolated or apart we think we are, we are still connected to other people and things around us. The truth is, everything is connected. We just have to see things with understanding, listen with honesty and feel with humility what the world wants us to see, hear and perceive.

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24 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Beautiful photo--and the post reads like a poem. Thanks.

laura said...

beautiful! reminds me of northern california actually. I know that's weird. :P happy not-so-wordless-wednesday!!

Sandy's Notes said...

This was so beautiful. I think it actually brought my blood pressure down. What great insight!

WillThink4Wine said...

That is gorgeous. I love how you made it sound like abrand new world.

mama meji said...

So you've been to the Philippines. And I should say it's great that you've been around Marinduque. i haven't been there. Shame on me.
Anyway, I loke what you said here: No matter how isolated or apart we think we are, we are still connected to other people and things around us.

I'll add you in my blogroll (if you don't mind).

Makimeji
Verb

tips and tricks said...

The view is beautiful and that rock looks foreboding (indeed).

Indrani said...

Beautiful picture and even more beautiful are your thoughts. :)

Gattina said...

This landscape with just one rock is beautiful in this blue sea !!

Maya said...

i would hate if i sound so generic to you.. but you know i love big rock. so to me, it's beautiful.

But what really the beauty of it, its how you've reconnect thing together. you have said it all.

Aisha said...

Wow ganda pala, just like Thailand :D

NoorIntan said...

That is a beautiful picture! Makes me feel like holidaying (aren't we always?!!) :p

Happy (belated) WW! :)

ZJ said...

That's really postcard-pretty! Alam mo, di pa ako nakakapunta ng Marinduque :D

I love the accompanying text, too.

ZJ said...

Beautiful! Very postcard-perfect :D You know what, di pa ako nakakapunta ng Marinduque.

I love the accompanying texts, too. You have a way of putting words together beautifully. :D

lareine said...

to sandycarlson: i believe things like the one in the picture bring out the poet in us :)

to laura: i don't think that's weird... maybe its because california and the philippines share something in common --- the pacific ocean :)

to sandy's notes: i'm glad the photo helped you relaxed a bit:)...and thank you for appreciating what i wrote...

to willthink4wine: that was such a flattering compliment... it's good to know you like the way i describe it...

to mama meji: don't worry, there's so much to see with not that much opportunity... so i guess, that's understandable... and thank you for adding me... i'll add you too :)

to tips and tricks: thank you for agreeing with my observations :)

to indrani: that was such a heart-warming comment... i really appreciate it:)...

to gattina: thank you, i have the same thought as you :)

to maya: this one's for you:)... and it's good to know someone appreciates the way i see things:)

to aisha: well, i guess the topography of the philippines and thailand is the same...

to noorintan: yes, it adds a flavor of summer holidays... i hope you, too, enjoyed your wednesday :)

joker said...

nice blog... I like those pictures taken. Keep it up!

By the way, if you like jokes, please do drop by my blog...

http://1jokeaday.blogspot.com

cheers!

lareine said...

to ZJ: thank you so much for such an encouraging comment... it really warms the heart to know one's effort is appreciated :)

to joker: thanks for the visit and the nice comment... sure i'll visit your blog when i feel the need for a good laugh (which i always do :)).

Ambrosiality said...

ABSOLUTELY LOVELY!

lareine said...

thank you ambrosiality for the visit and the wonderful comment :)

Lalaine said...

i love the way you reflect on things and make analogies..to an ordinary person like me, this is just a rock (a beautiful rock, that is)and nothing else..heheehe!

Have a great day!!

lareine said...

Thank you very much for this heart-warming comment. I'm not always in a reflective mood. Like you, there are also times i only see things as they are :)... But sometimes, there are just those moments or things that make you take a step back and see something more than what they seem to be :).

Thanks for the visit :)

Katarina i Kullavik said...

Great photo (as always) from you - the island looks hostile, but at the same time i get a desire to go there...immediately! /Katarina

lareine said...

katarina, i can understand the urge you feel... i would love to go back there too... well, actually, any sunny place near the sea will do :)... thank you very much for the visit and the wonderful compliment :)

nussaibah said...

That is absolutely beautiful. And I would agree with you... Everything is connected :)

lareine said...

thank you nussaibah for the visit and leaving such a reassuring comment... it's nice to know someone shares my view... i guess the photo is beautiful because the subject is beautiful (i hope this shot did justice to it)... again, thanks and i'm looking forward to reading your posts in your blog :)

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