My Indoor and Outdoor Photography | Wildlife/Animals/Pets

Stunning Sunset Photos with Animal Elements

By on April 13, 2019

On a hunt for a breathtaking photo spot in the hopes of finding a dramatic landscape, a lucky change brought my way outdoors. The perfect location is now a pristine place, the new Manila Bay along the historic Roxas Boulevard where the environment is clean compared to what it was beforehand. After the clean-up drive, the new look is just as beautiful and many people wants to get a glimpse of its natural beauty to behold once again. I was here the same spot years earlier but this time would be a good line of photography experience, it gave me the initial idea to consider the presence of animals along with the sunset background to achieve a more dramatic scene.

This is a summer make-over given the chance to deal with obedience trials of animals, I was excited and curious to get my furry friends involved but I don’t really know how to keep them still in the course of each shot. The sweet thing, they were all behaved and a good follower. Most of those who have taken their pets around Manila bay are welcome to join photo-shoots, it just happens the presence of animals being in the right place when I was there. Among my excitement when pet owners were able to join an hour shoot for their own pets. Aside from horses, there were birds, dogs, cats and an elephant is another location done the same day.

Pet owners has done a good job for allowing me to have a quick snapshot with their pets and I was even welcomed to cuddle and huddle their pets. This kind of activity soothes and relaxes both of us while developing close bond together even for just 15 minutes, excitement comes keeping a list of every shots.

I cannot predict a beautiful sunset, it depends upon the weather and level of clouds. So far, the air is clean, calm and the cloud is high, I’ll take more advantage that when it’s summer, it’s a wonderful sunset time. Here are my stunning sunset photos. Let’s get started.

Animal Photos with Sunset Background

The smallest creature comes first so the birds will take the lead followed by the cat, dog, horse and lastly, the elephant. This would be an unforgettable once in a lifetime photography experience, not a safari thing but the presence of more animals during sundown is a great thing. Let me show you first how sunset looks like beforehand, without the animals.

Magnificent Sunset Over Manila Bay

Birds in Flight at Sunset Background

Marveled by the beautiful colors of the sky, it’s evident and dramatic. The hue scattering colors or orange-red, yellow- blue, purple and red makes a magnificent picture.

My excitement to see the migratory bird, the Great White Egret is a long distance migrant. ( 2nd photo ) you can see complete details of birds displaying aerial acrobatics wading, gliding and diving just in front of the sunset.

Great White Egret flying through the skies of Bayview, this bird has mastered the power of flight, it has a powerful wingbeat with long legs trail behind the body in flight.

A bird is an appealing subject in front of the sunset, it adds beauty to form a perfect sunset landscape. This is what I’m dreaming about… to aim for imaginative images and finally got it.

This serves to be my postcard shot. To create a postcard scene is a time waiting, I hate people in the foreground.

This is a graceful shot with the bird graceful glide and diving up into the clouds down to the water and even crosses the beautiful sunset. Definitely, it adds life and beauty.

Cat on Sunset Background

Sometimes…unexpected surprises came when least expected. Something out of the ordinary and less likely to be seen here. The sightings of a cat during sundown is rare considering the busy location perhaps, this is one way of enjoying animal freedom and must include his presence.

More stolen moments… taken at considerable distance during sunset time.

Perhaps this is a peaceful moment for the cat.

Solitary scene, I can even feel the peacefulness of the surroundings. Cat can be noticed as a loner, you really can’t hide it even in pictures…

Dog on Sunset Background

A dog is totally different from a cat, you can see that this dog is happy smiling and I’m more inspired to take the next step.

My newfound friend is a friendly one, got 2 dogs (Labrador breed) to include in here, the other dog is the featured one.

Beautiful Dog Portrait at Sunset.

You can just imagine the incredible bond between the dog and the photographer.

This is how to prepare dog for the shoot, exceptionally smart and affectionate, a well-behaved and sociable dog is excellent.

Horse on Sunset Background

A gorgeous working horse

Elephant on Sunset Background

As my finishing moment.. a different photography location just nearby Roxas Boulevard.

Mali, the captured elephant.

To capture an elephant on sunset is rare, a hard to get considering Philippines is a tropical country. It’s a lucky shot!

Got 2 more weeks for my photo shoots around the city area and out of the city this coming holy week. I’m in a hurry to finish before the rain comes, rainy season shooting is a tricky one, just as have to know my limits beforehand. Rainy season is a full indoor photography time therefore would be focusing more on other categories like foods, science and technology and restaurant reviews soon.

One thing I have learned from this activity, photographing animals is a pleasurable interaction, communicating at every interaction, it was a busy but a very fulfilling day for me. I have to make photo-shoots short but enjoyable. I had quality time interacting with them and that makes it hard for me to end photo session. I will surely miss my furry friends.

To all pet lovers, I’m sure you’ll love this! Thank you all readers for reading my blog.

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Cat Climbing Down a Tree

By on April 8, 2019

Can’t figure out why our family cat Uniqlo loves to climb this type of tree, I’m just wondering why our cat climb trees in the first place. Just a few ideas from my personal friends: firstly, they climb up for safety, that’s one I’ve been thinking about. Secondly, it’s just a fun thing to test their skills and thirdly, it’s a good spot to watch for a good prey. Great answers from you guys, Thank you!

I’m already used to it, I think, it’s just a normal behavior for Uniqlo unlike other cats that they climb everything in their path and once they are up, they can’t come down, it’s hard for them to maneuver downward. One good thing, it’s easier for Uniqlo to come down because it’s a good climbing route, it’s just a med-sized sugar-apple tree or sweetsop, a widely grown native tree and we call it ‘’atis’’ in the Philippines.  

Ascending and descending climbing from start to finish. Here are some photos of Uniqlo climbing a Sugar-Apple or Sweetsop tree upward and going downward.

Up there, it looks like it’s a place for relaxing. Just like humans, Uniqlo wants to connect and interact with nature…..

Thank you for reading my blog, just a simple note down there makes me happy. See you next posts!

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Cat and Dog Lavish Hugs and kisses

By on April 2, 2019

I’m enjoying to see the wonderful moments of our family pets. A dog and cat unique closeness and strong bond is a rare chance you don’t see often. Dogs are prone to chase cats and cats are prone to run all the time. Definitely, Frosty is not a cat chaser.

Frosty and Uniqlo, both male pets in union together. By nature, cats don’t always show affection with each other but contrary to popular belief, these photos will surprise you and will change your perception about the way you think about cats and dogs.

Desirable Traits

Frosty and Unoqlo hugging and kissing each other, their unique closeness is stronger than what can be in pictures and fully hoping the bond will last beyond lifetimes.

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Save Water, Save Life

By on March 26, 2019

Get ready for a hot and dry summer, How to beat the summer heat?

Cat’s  and dog’s water bowl must be filled with fresh water every day, Clean water means good health.

Very thirsty! Spade (our family cat) is drinking a lot of water.  Cats love cool water. Essential for life as we know it, the worth of water… source of life. No water, No Life

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Qingjing Farm Green Green Grassland

By on February 22, 2019

It’s a dreamy land where hills are alive! Qingling farm best known as the”Paradise above the Mist” the sublime view of the natural landscape under the blazing sun formed by a vast open pasture. The beautiful mountains and foothills around with a cotton-like clouds above blue skies and the background scene of adorable sheep leisurely grazing on the green green grassland is simply breathtaking.

However, others often referred to as a ”Little Switzerland” is perched in the Central mountains of Taiwan. Qingjing farm is situated at altitude 1,750 above sea level with unpredictable temperature between day and night and scenery changes with the season. The farm produces alpine vegetables, fruits, teas and flowers. It also offers leisurely outdoor activities; Spring flower viewing, maple leaf watching in the autumn, snow flakes watching during winter, wide tea plantation, it has so much to offer.

Before entering the farm, you must purchase your tickets at the entrance counter ( Just a reasonable admission fees) that includes 4 areas; Green Green Grassland, Guanshan Pastoral Area, South Business Circle, Shoushan Park ( Nature theatre) It is strictly forbidden to feed the animals ( sheep, horses) with left-overs. You can only feed the animals using animal feed provided by the park. Be sure to read all the guidelines regarding on-farm visitors.

Shearing show is also a special attraction. Sheep ranching nowadays can lure tourists, it’s a special attraction unlike before it’s just a livestock, raising some is much rewarding. I remember the stories of my grandma back to primitive. According to my grandma, ” wealth before is being judged by a number of cattle a person owned. Lol ! Nowadays is totally different….

Green Green Grassland stretches far and wide, it is an undeniable peaceful pasture and the sweetest I’ve ever experienced to bond with the flocks.

Splendid scenery fascinate all those who have experienced them.

The uphill climb stretches into a distance..

Visitors Waiting Area

Beautiful sheep house

Beautiful lamb house and wall design. I love it!

The Sheep Shearing Machine Station , a place to shear-off the sheep coat. Without this machine, the sheep can cause to become overheated and die. It is also for their health and hygiene.

Equally fun and enjoyable to bond with my new friends down there…

Human-Animal Bond

Up- close and personal social relationship with the sheep. It was my first time to touch these animals perhaps, this would be my most unforgettable memories to bring home…

What you can see here is something I don’t usually get to do back home, feeding a sheep is fun.

At first, I was having a hard time to get their attention, they can’t keep still.

With too many sheep around, I’m uncertain if I can domesticate one in just a minute. What I need is a friendly one.

Wooo! to my surprise! It works! He’s so sweet and gentle but I can’t take the smell. The woolen fleece so thick and fluffy but it was too dry, rough and brittle.

This one I think, has a long overdue haircut !

How beautiful! It’s really a peaceful pasture.

How do you lure a sheep? Perhaps, Graham knows more than me…

Holding an animal feed to attract them.That’s it!

Using preferred food. He’s enjoying …


Being called-off bringing in one group . I was waiting for the guard dog to drive the sheep.

Green Green Grassland beautiful sunset

Looking for the shepherd boy to watch the flock of sheep and his master…. It’s a goodnight time for the herd.

Fruit section at the entrance available here. A great place to buy fresh fruits and quality is good.

Fresh local fruits of Taiwan

Luscious fruits, I did purchase some for only 100 NT any 3 kinds of your choice.

Qingjing farm Green Green Grassland is a must visit attraction. As in Taiwan, people are looking forward to continued growth and progress.

Visit Taiwan’s Qingjing Farm

 Address: Renhe Road, Ren’ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 

More Taiwan attractions coming up next post….

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Frosty, a Male Shih Tzu~Newest Member of the Family

By on September 14, 2018

Owning a puppy requires a big commitment to love and care for the next 15-20 years of life. Aside from commitment, the number two prerequisite for adoptive families, you will  remain committed to treat him as your own but in the end, you’ll be rewarded by unconditional love and eternal grateful to your love and kindness.

Before Frosty arrived, we made sure our house is safe and hospitable for him, we removed everything that will harm him like bottles of pesticides or anything toxic to dogs. We want to give him a safe environment as possible. Because he is still a puppy, it requires more time for basic training and to learn proper command.

The First Night

We were all very excited to welcome the newest member in the family. The first night was memorable. it was so difficult  for a 3 month old puppy to be away from his family for the very first time and I’m sure, not accustomed to sleep alone. I can’t take heart-wrenching cries and I was tempted to comfort him putting him on my bed to minimize night stress.

The Eww Factor

One most difficult to handle, picking up a poop, wiping stringy pee. For sure, it’s my responsibility but there’s the other one most difficult to handle is during teething stage, when he misbehaves, I will correct it firmly with gentle words.

Note: ( Using an Eww factor just as an expression of disgust, it also means”yuck”)

Teething Behavior

This is just normal for a puppy, we all experienced bad behavior during this time. He once rolled the whole toilet paper pulling from the toilet down to the kitchen, dining room ended in the living room, that was merely 8 meters away. The destructive chewing is the problem here, he likes to chew everything, he chewed more that 8 shoes and 10 slippers, books, ear headphones and furniture. So much and we gave Frosty an appropriate toy to chew to soothe his itchy gums. Puppies go through teething stage just like babies.

Frosty is a 9-month-old male Shih Tzu with a typical colors of crystal white with 3 light brown spots and black on both ears. The good impression of overall appearance is a ‘’handsome figure’’ He is friendly, loving and sociable but naughty playful which is just normal for puppies. We have 3 dogs; 2 Labrador breed and Shih Tzu as the latest one, we give them quality time; spending good time walking as a regular scheduled activities, giving them proper diet, daily grooming and a regular veterinary check-up of eye, ear, coat and dental care too.

Frosty First Bath

Giving everything needed, Frosty just completed all his vaccinations. I have a complete grooming supplies; metal pin brush, nail trimmers, dog shampoos and many more.

Aside from jumping, we also play lively game of squeaky toys but soon he will learn the basic obedience training and commands like; heel, sit, stay and many more..

Just like me, Frosty loves to smell the flowers in the garden.

 

Frosty loves to bond with fellow housemate, the Labrador Moo Cow

Moo Cow is a big Labrador breed and Frosty is just a toy dog but they get well together.

2-Month-Old Frosty  He is so cute!.

3-Month-Old Frosty

Another stunning shots for my baby!

I will always think of the health benefits being a dog owner and they are my best friends relieving my stress. They will change my life forever. And you?  Are you ready  to be a pet master?

 

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Dramatic Sunset with Animal Element

By on March 27, 2017

The faithful dog guarding his Master’s fishing boat

Very rare timing to catch up, to include an animal with the view of the sunset but what a perfect poise for the dog! It looks like the fisherman’s dog is tired but actively opens his mouth showing his wet tongue, adorable looks, huh! Thanks Doggie for your cooperation! Thanks for making my day!

 

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