Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Natural Northern Landscape

We were the only one that day enjoying the nice quiet beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. The landscape was unique in its own way. Rocky, which makes it not suitable for swimming. But the headlands bounding the bay are distinct. The shapes were probably eroded over time by the roaring strong waves coming from the open sea.

Yet in this harsh coastal setting, the natural vegetation seemed to rival the manicured plantings here in Manila. The wild plants form brushes that resemble the mass plantings in Metro Manila malls. There are contrasting colors of the different foliage. The beach morning glory (Ipomeia pes-caprae) form the foreground, the beach lily (Crinum asiatica) serve as middle planting and the beach pandan (Pandanus tectorius) provide the background. Nature is really the best architect around.

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