“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.” ~ Terry McMillan, From Disappearing Acts
“From within the lotus flower grows, up through the mud and the muck bypassing all that threatens to taint its emerging beauty and glory. Then it springs forth without spot or stain opening to the world around it to become a new light unto all that lay their eye upon it. This is the lotus flower and it comes from within you, it is the flower of the Buddha, your inner Buddha.” –Venerable Retsuzen Shikata 2011 “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and …
“Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it.” ~Catherine Pulsifer My favorite pastime in my province is to catch the sunrise as well as the fisherfolks during early morning routine of helping boatmen with their catch. Dahican beach, Mati, Davao Oriental
“Handle a book as a bee does a flower, extract its sweetness but do not damage it.” ― John Muir …a simple lesson in humanity. Davao City, Philippines © Jojie Alcantara
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” ― Brian Tracy Typical early morning scene in the coastal village of Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental Locals wait for the boats to come back and help fishermen unload their catch, and being rewarded by an early meal. © Jojie Alcantara
If you want to practice portraiture, the best start is on babies.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau I captured Hagonoy Island on a perfectly beautiful day. The next day, however, cast a different light due to low tropical depression. Storm clouds were approaching as we left paradise. Standing there resolute, while gray skies spread gloom over the heavens, the island stood majestically amidst raging waters, knowing that storms may pass, but it will remain…surviving. It was even more beautiful when we left it. Read my published article here or view more photos in my gallery.
“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.” ~ J. Maarten Troost, Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu I love island shots, especially when the weather is perfectly right, sky is cool blue, waters are clearer, bluer, and that islet in front of you just screams to be walked upon. But I have had island shots where skies darken of impending storms and the mood is even greater. Wherever you go, what seems to be paradise is what you perceive in your mind and heart at that moment. If you are curious about this beautiful piece of gem in the sea, read my article here, published today. You can also view more in the gallery.
“I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath; I am the memory of a moment of happiness; I am the last gift of the living to the dead; I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.” ― Khalil Gibran Found this on a couple of websites and I compiled it: What Do Flower Colors Mean? Steeped in tradition, the meanings of flowers have been a part of human culture for thousands of years. The practice of attaching meanings to the colors of flowers is also a long-honored tradition in almost every culture. Some types of flowers may also have meanings that accentuate or expand on the meaning of the color. For example, a red rose can mean love and passion, while a black rose can signify obsession. The following is a listing of common colors that are associated with a variety of flowers. RED is most commonly associated with love, desire, and passion. A red flower can be a symbol of desire, lust, devotion, and beauty. The color red …
Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. – John Lennon I love to capture small things. These are tiny flowers in detail. Can’t say anything more but love, love, love and let it bloom! © Jojie Alcantara
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa Try to do small things for others without waiting for big rewards. It works wonders for me. Eden Nature Park, Davao City © Jojie F. Alcantara
“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” ~ John Muir The quote “Live curious” is one of National Geographic’s catchy slogans and shirt designs. This particular image was shot with an Olympus micro 4/3 camera, my toy lens and its unique features. Read more about my magic lens here.
Trivia: It used to be called the New Philippines. Named by CEDAM International as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World”, this country lies 1000km (600 miles) east of the Philippines (my country), about 800 miles (1,280 km) southwest of Guam and 2000 miles (3200 km) south of Tokyo. It is the westernmost cluster of the six major island groups that make up the Caroline Islands lying at the end of Micronesia in the Philippine Sea. It has more than 200 islands, of which only eight are inhabited. In history, this area has once been christened Nuevas Filipinas or New Philippines (1700-1800), as part of the Spanish East Indies territories governed from Manila. It was also named Los Palaos, Pelew Islands, Caroline Islands —traditionally for locals, it is Belau. In my visit to this breathtaking island nation in 2006, I got to pose with two beautiful kids aged 9… at these sizes. Can you guess what country this is? 🙂 My trip to this small republic in the Pacific and more images
“I have my books And my poetry to protect me; I am shielded in my armor, Hiding in my room, safe within my womb. I touch no one and no one touches me. I am a rock, I am an island.” ― Simon and Garfunkel, Greatest Hits In 2007, on an assignment to shoot Boracay, my country’s top beach destination, I boarded the small Seair plane and we were cruising down a low altitude. Weather was gorgeous.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they go right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart, so that better things can fall together.” ~ Marilyn Monroe
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”. ~ Mother Teresa Another post birthday shoot outside our gate, in somebody else’s garden. It was quite a windy morning…
“All good work is done the way ants do things, little by little”. ~ Lafcadio Hearn Captured in our little garden, a little macro photography for my birthday today. It was drizzling early morning so I wasn’t able to get my annual birthday sunrise. So I decided to look around in our garden instead.
“Give and Take… for to the bee a flower is a fountain of life and to the flower a bee is a messenger of love. And to both bee and flower, the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
For a simple lady who used to daydream of youthful ambitions and longed for a lasting recognition she can leave her kids, this is a lasting legacy I can be proud of. That I can dream of anything as long as I work hard for it. On May 2011, my photo finally made it to the cover of Philippine Airline’s Mabuhay Magazine. Editor tells me I may be the first female photographer to have done so. This photo was made possible because I rode in an open chopper to shoot Mount Mayon while still on an alert level at that time. This is a feat for me considering that a decade ago I was terrified of heights (and water, enclosed spaces, commitment, and every paranoia I could conjure). Once upon a time, I was stuck inside a box, never wanting to leave the comforts of four corners. The day I made a 360 degree turn, broadened my horizon, and lived outside of the box, was a time I learned to appreciate the life I secretly …
Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat Province Photography, Jojie Alcantara
God in His wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. – – – Ogden Nash “The Fly” Jojie Alcantara, in the garden