Hali is the kind of person to capture small details rather than wide-angle views. It’s one of the unique things about him that I find endearing. It’s actually me who asks him to take photos that we can specifically use as travel shots. He also likes to capture wildlife, and after I’d published a post he’d often badger me to say something like, “Why didn’t you include the picture of the cat?”
Well, okay, this one’s for you. A gallery of animal photos from our travels spanning almost 2 years.
Kunig, one of the canine guides to trekking Mount Kofafey in Maligcong.
A stray cat in Sagada, where the animals all seem to be furry and fat.
See? This dog seems to have a coat of fur that’s 1-inch thick.
A stray dog in Nacpan Beach, El Nido. This lovely dog followed us when we trekked to the viewpoint in Nacpan Beach and even took a dip in the water. After some time, she guarded our bags while we were swimming. We felt bad that we didn’t bring any food to give her and when we went over to the nearby restaurant, she was gone. We miss you, lovely dog.
One of the friendly dogs in Digyo Island, Cuatro Islas in Leyte.
A dog in the viewdeck of Lake Holon.
An aloof dog in Carangyan Beach Resort, Catanduanes.
A litter of puppies in a resort in Oslob. They looked so cute when yawning!
A cat sitting idly in one of the shops in Walking Street, Koh Lipe, Thailand.
Had to tell off Hali for standing too close to the monkey in Monkey Beach, Thailand. The monkey got a little pissed and took a swipe at his arm, almost.
A gecko in Bulalacao, Mindoro. Hali took this while we were stranded in an island due to a storm.
Another dog in Suguicay Island, also in Bulalacao.
One of the many huge black-purple crabs that roam Target Island, also in Bulalacao.
A duck in Tikling Island, Sorsogon. I saw Hali following the duck inconspicuously. This was during our road trip from Manila to Leyte.
A lobster in Juag Lagoon’s marine sanctuary in Sorsogon. We did not get to eat this one. Too bad, too bad.
Small crab in Seco Island, Antique.
Jelly fish swimming smoothly in Sohoton Cove, Bucas Grande. Sohoton Cove is popular for its stingless jellyfish sanctuary. Previously, guests are allowed to swim in the enclosure, but not anymore. Still, you can scoop them up, very gently. The jellyfishes feel like thick jelly (the dessert)… I feel like an idiot saying this, maybe that’s how they got their name?
One of the black pigs taken care of by the locals in a mountain in Kalinga, during Hali’s visit to meet Apo Whang-Od.
An angry goat in Tibiao, Antique. Srsly, what did we do?
Goats roaming freely in Nagudungan Hill, Calayan Island.
A teeny tiny goat feeding off grass in Carabao Island, Romblon. Seconds later from taking this shot, it hopped away. Very cutely, at that.
A black and white dog, this time in Alibijaban Island, Quezon.
Carabaos bathing in a vast farmland in Catanduanes. The next one is grazing in the grass field near Tuwad-Tuwadan Pool.
A carabao swimming in Lumot Lake, Laguna. Did you know that carabaos can swim? Yes, we were amazed too because their bodies seem so heavy. But apparently they can traverse across the lake to graze in different islets.
Carabaos in Melville Island, in Balabac, Palawan.
Yes, I don’t always post these pictures because they’d come out very random and irrelevant to what we write… Nonetheless, Hali still enjoys taking and uploading them in our drive. I appreciate them too and I find it interesting how he gets so immersed sometime when observing animals and taking that perfect shot. (Hali is also the type of person who’d stop mid-conversation to point out, “Look, there’s a dog!”)
Happy birthday, Hali! Here’s to more animal photos you’ll take.