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I first visited Sitio Kalakwasan, a Batak village in the forest in Barangay Tanabag within the city boundary of Puerto Princesa, in 2010 when I was producing a coffee-table book of photos for the then Mayor Ed Hagedorn; I will create a separate post about that. It was one of most unforgettable assignments of that […]

It’s another deskbound rainy day here in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. As I mentioned in a recent post I would usually be going on the whale shark trips to Honda Bay at this time of year, but I have moved on from that way of doing it now to do it differently, and there are also […]

Shortly after volunteering my services as a photographer to the Centre for Sustainability in Palawan in 2016 I had my first exciting assignment: to document the Almaciga cone collecting expedition from the Batak village Sitio Kalakwasan for one of its flagship projects; the Saving the Almaciga Tree Project, which is linked to its other flagship project […]

I would normally be photographing the whale sharks in Honda Bay, Palawan at this time of the year, but after ten years that particular episode of my life, or that way of doing things on an increasingly crowded tour boat has come to an end……I’m glad to say. I’m not sure when I will be […]

A Courting Ray Ballet Beneath me in the murky darkness of a blizzard of tropical krill I could see a formation of many dark winged silhouettes like bats flying out of hell, and indeed they were devils, but by name only – a large shoal of spinetail devil rays coming to join the feast just […]

A whale shark was butchered alive by Chinese poachers who sawed slices off the living whale, beginning at the tail, leaving the shark to experience incredible agony before finally taking its last breath. Demand that the perpetrators be severely punished. Source: Whale Shark Butchered Alive by Chinese Poachers Deserves Justice | ForceChange

My next trip out on Toto’s dolphin watching boat on July 29th was even better than the last one. On this occasion the dolphins seemed to be harnessed to the boat and pulling it along like Neptune’s chariot because they didn’t stop bow-riding in numbers for most of the time that we were with them. […]

I had a fixation with humpback whales for so many years, especially their spectacular bubble net feeding. They provided endless exhilaration, and as a photographer, endless permutations of shapes, lighting, water effects, combined land and seascape backgrounds, serenity and dynamism. The whale sharks seem to have become my underwater fixation because they also provide endless […]

There wasn’t a whale shark trip so I joined Toto’s dolphin watching boat to photograph the resident spinner dolphins that can always be found a short distance from Puerto Princesa. I’ve seen them many times here before, but just as with the whale sharks you can never tire of watching them and being exhilerated by […]

Although sleep was elusive during my first few days back in Palawan, it was nice to just close my eyes and bathe in the ambience of colourful sounds suffusing the little detached community of houses where I live amongst the trees at the end of the main road to the city centre of Puerto Princesa, […]