Pulag Night Sky

I left out one of my favourite experiences of the Mt. Pulag trip from the last post and that was because I didn’t have the photos, and my words can only describe so much.  Many thanks then, to Aaron Palabyab who has kindly allowed me to use a selection of his impressive photos so you can see some of what I saw that night.  For more of Aaron’s fantastic work you can check his site here.

Having spent a good two and a half hours in the woods, dodging between puddles and uneven stones, we finally came out to an open area and our long line stopped, giving us chance to look around and have a breather.  The atmosphere changed once we were out into the open, there was a sense of anticipation building, partly because we knew we into the final third of our journey and partly because of our surroundings.

At eye level, there was a vast expanse of blackness in front of me – which I later found out was a huge grass field – and bordering this was an L-shape queue of the many of my other fellow hikers, the tiny lights from their headlamps flickering back and forth but mainly upwards to the glorious canopy above our heads.

Seeing the stars overhead was an absolutely immense experience.  This magical abyss of subtle colour is made all the more stunning when you realise that is also a window through time.  All that light coming from long dead sources is such a colossal thought to get one’s head around and really gives perspective on our place in the universe.

It’s rare that one feels camaraderie with a stranger (or indeed many) but at that moment everything was perfect and everybody bonded without words.  It felt like I was at the centre of everything; the light travelling from who knows how many years ago arrived when I did – for my appreciation, I like to think – the clouds held off for the celestial light show and the welcome wind cooled us after our travels . There are few of these intensely personal introspections that happen throughout life but I suspect each of us had our own moment whilst in line, waiting to recommence our travel on to the summit and glimpse another of nature’s finest moments.

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25 Replies to “Pulag Night Sky”

  1. Thanks for sharing, Ste J! I’ll never get to the Philippines, so I really appreciate the views you’ve sent along, and the posts you’ve written about the people you met.

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    1. I still have plenty more photos to share. We will never get to all those places we wish to see, at least we can share our experiences with each other and bring some measure of observation to others.

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  2. Wow! What great pics. I must say when I saw the first shot, I thought….OMG I hope Ste J didn’t turn into a werewolf! Then when you described the L shape of other journeyers, I thought …. an entire field of werewolves! Of course you were all saved, as there is no full clear moon in any of the pics! 😀 😀 😀

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    1. They are fabulous shots, my camera couldn’t pick up any of them sadly. I think I would make a decent werewolf or at least a chair tester whilst I read.

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  3. The photos are wonderful, yes but your description of the experience you had is so immediate and emotional and GOOD that I almost felt I was there with you. I have had similar experiences and your words recalled them to my mind.

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    1. There is something about the moment, we may forget it for a time but we can recall it instantly and experience it again. What I loved about it is that nobody really spoke, we were all alone with our reflections on existence and time, it was a beautiful moment.

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    1. I didn’t have my notebook with me so sadly couldn’t get my thoughts down under that amazing light show but I am glad I retained enough of the words to make into this post. As a writer that really transports her readers into the feel of nature, I beyond appreciate your words.

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  4. Hey Buddy!,

    Long time since my last visit. So sorry about that. So glad you are still here and LOVE what you have been writing. This photo is beautiful. I hope all has been well with you? I’ve been busy co-writing a memoir with a former NFL pro and doing a little book promoting again on the side. And of course, still advocating about gambling addiction and helping others in recovery.

    I won’t stay away SO long! Many blessings your way and “Write On!”
    PSS…I revamped my book blog: https://anauthorandwriterinprogress.wordpress.com

    CaT 🙂

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    1. Well hello there! Life has been good with me, plenty of changes and plenty of books. I’m impressed with all that you have been achieving. Apologies for being away so long myself, I am in need of a visit and will do soon!

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      1. Well, I always like to pop in every so often to let you know I was thinking about YOU! LOL CAT

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        1. You are kind. I noticed the comments on your blog were closed for the book post I commented on. The books would be an intriguing read but sadly I have many books waiting to be read already, it’s a bit stressful juggling them all. When things calm down I will get backatcha!

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          1. I think I fixed the problem with comments! LOL. Sounds awesome XO CaT

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  5. Wow. This is really beautiful! I cant believe I missed several of your blog posts about books and Philippines! This really made me sad we werent able to bump into each other when you came here to visit!

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    1. There is always next time my friend. No doubt I will be coming back soon and I have some other Philippines posts to get up which should be commencing this week.

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