The Living Fossil

It is believed the origin of horseshoe crabs dates back 450 million years making them 225x older than modern man, Homo Sapiens, who dates back a mere 2 million years. They have changed little over the millennia. This little guy was swimming in the shallows. Do they sting? Not sure. Do they bite? I was in a…

Orange Star

The water in Palawan also housed an orange starfish. I had always imagined starfish to be a bland, natural, sandy color. This being the result of growing up land locked and not having a great deal of interest in oceanography. The variety of ocean life can be fascinating.

Blue Star

I have been to a few tropic beaches but have never seen a starfish that is until my trip to Palawan in the Philippines. We found this one at low tide when we walked into the ankle to calf deep water. It didn’t move so I am not sure if it was alive. It may…

The Swimming Hole

During my trip to the Philippines in 2015, we went to the family farm. Getting to the farm requires a ferry ride over this small waterway. On this very hot and humid day, the kids were jumping off the bank into the cooling water. Some of them were completely naked….something that wouldn’t go over too…

The Sun Rises on 2016

This photo of a sunrise on the island of Palawan in the Philippines is another of my very favorite photos taken in 2015. It too is a repeat from earlier in the year. For the most part, the weather on this trip was overcast. There was only one morning that I was able to observe…

Sun Kissed

One of the things I loved about the Philippines during my first visit was the multitude and glory of the sunrises and sunsets. On this trip, I was not so lucky. Because of the overcast skies, I only encountered one sunrise and one sunset. This sunset was on my last day in Leyte and my…

Coconut Climbing

No trip to the farm is complete without enjoying a freshly picked coconut. The water cools as it trickles down the throat and the flesh is tasty. They are harvested the old fashioned way. A boy climbs up a tree with a machete and chops them from the tree. The land on the ground with…