My Sunday morning routine includes a short walk to our street to buy 3 leading broadsheets and sometimes, a supot or  pack of freshly baked pan de sal.  As I observed my weekly habit this morning, I brought along my point and shoot cam to capture the stillness of our place. 


I’m always in awe whenever I see beautiful photos of nature, people and whatnot captured by pure visual talent and good quality-digicams of most photographers. I wish I’ll get to own one good camera soon but domestic budget and school enrolment of our preschooler son, monthly bills are our present top most priority, so purchasing a nicer cam would have to wait for the moment.  I’m just grateful to have virtual-friends who own personal sites dedicated to photography (Check out my sidebar here and visit also their photoblogs).  They don’t have idea how my daily visits to their sites continuously inspire and motivate me as a photographer-wannabe, LOL. 


Going back to our place in Quezon City – it may not be Ayala Alabang Village where streets are huge and houses are far from the executive village’s main entrance (I know these things because we celebrate Christmas and New Year’s eves at my wife’s relatives living in a 2000-square meter- lot in Ayala Alabang Village whenever my dad-in-law from Missouri is in town),  it may not have 24-hour roving guards but baranggay tanod , LOL, the streets near where we live are peaceful and quiet and the coolest for having century-old trees.


Imagine walking under these huge trees on a bright cool Sunday morning, it’s one of  life’s simple pleasures.


Then seeing these flora on the sidestreets and on my neighbors’ gutters is really something… 










Do you know that Bougainvilleas have bright colored leaves in varied forms and the only considered flowers are the smallest bloom at its center?  This atypical plant trait can also be found in poinsettias that bloom their red or white leaves mostly during winter months or at least here in our country, every Christmas season until early March…  


More than those colorful petals, I always like walking through a street near our place with bamboos. I like bamboo so much, not only because of its physical attributes as the tallest grass, but perhaps figuratively and literally, its ability to withstand any weather is such a character that can’t be found even in some tall trees. After bamboo grass grew its tallest, it bows and that for me is a metaphor of humility. 


Seeing all those before reading my broadsheets, drinking my coffee and starting another week is indeed a blessing!



  1. I know the feeling. If I am not away from home, I take a daily morning walk from our house to our community’s greenbelt area then to a county park across a major street – a simple but delightful pleasure.

  2. Flowers makes me so happy. I actually designed our retirement home we are building right now
    to have a 12″ X 13″ foyer as my greenhouse (suntunnels from roof). We also live where we have 2 miles paved walking path along a bay (water)and wild flowers are abound.
    Ang ganda talaga ng mga pictures mo! So kagaya ka na ni Dennis V na maganda ring kumuha ng pictues. Cheers, Thel from Florida

    1. Glad to have you here Thel from Florida. I wish to visit your site too and link it with my blog if you only have left your URL. Thanks!

    1. Hello Thel, thanks for dropping by my blog and I appreciate the kind words.
      But I am far from the works of Dennis- that man is so talented it’s apparent on his site. i so like his socially relevant photos, they are really inspiring!
      Thanks and you’re welcome to view my previous posts. Come and visit frequently.=)

  3. doc, these are good captures! it’s midnight now as visited your blog but i can feel the stillness nac calm of your morning walk.

    don’t worry about what camera you use. it’s just a tool, what’s important is your keen eye for beauty 😉

  4. A nice place to see and buy plants with an emphasis on orchids is the Flower and Plant Market on Quezon Avenue where it runs into Agham Road. This is maybe a 4 blocks long and quite wide area that you can walk through with little traffic. It feels like you are in a country park somewhere and in fact the air smell great. That shows what plants can do for the air we breath as it is actually a pleasure to take a deep breath only a few meters from a very busy street. You dont have to buy but the prices at the 20 or so flower and plant dealers seem fair and they will bargain. You can also do close up photography of the orchids. An orchid to me is a thing of great beauty and also makes a great gift.

    1. thanks for the suggestion. we live few kms away from manila seedling bank in quezon ave where orchids are too much to a sight. i may dropped by soon. thanks for the suggestion.

  5. I just love all the photos in here, doc! as you probably know by now, i love gardening and i immensely enjoy admiring the blooms including the flower of the weeds! ha ha
    (didn’t know that bamboo is considered a grass-learned something today) 😉

    1. Thanks Ms. Nance. I knew you’d like this for you’re such an amazing green-thumb!
      Seeing your efforts and dedication to your gardening on your posts is indeed inspiring.

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