Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Biri Island's spectaculay rock formations

I found the following breath-taking pictures from this article in GMA News authored by Aleen Estoquia entitled: "On Biri island, giant rocks that took my breath away."

Biri Island's sedimentary rock formations, eroded and shaped by millions of years of waves and currents.
Photos by Alvin Faustino

The author, halfway up one of Biri's famous rocks.
At the top, overlooking the ocean—but not too close to the edge.

Well, they took away my breath also!  These rocks are so unusual, they are truly stunning! I presume the young lady in the pictures is the author of this article.  My first question would be how did she got to thesoe positions in the first two pictures.  As she described in the article
. . .  we went up, crossed to the side facing the sea, and found ourselves looking down at the Pacific Ocean from a 300-meter drop. From up there, one can see the blue of the ocean brushing against the rugged shape of the rocks down below.
Seeing the view, I was reminded of the strong current and the big waves that I encountered on the boat on the way to the island. Millions of years of those waves and currents shaped the rocks like a miniature Grand Canyon.
We stayed far from the edge though. It was not my first time to be near a cliff or ravine, but it was a bit nerve-racking because there was a flock of seagulls at the top and they were swooping down on us, as if to attack us. We figured that the birds might have nests amongst the rocks.
Yea, indeed, I got nerve-racking just by looking at those pictures. I guess with 300 m drop, there is no concern of possibility of freaque waves can get up that high.  Anyway thanks to Miss Estoquia's writing and Mr. Faustino's photos, I am contented to just reading the article and looking at the pictures, as a septuagenarian, that's the extent of my adventure! 

By the way, for those of us who may heard Biri Island for the first time, here's Wikipedia's intro:
Biri is a 5th class municipality in the province of Northern Samar, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 8,700 people in 1,661 households. The island is famous for a large number of unusual rock formations in the northern shore, facing the San Bernardino Strait.
For the true adventurers, feel free to add Biri Island to your future destinations when you visit the Philippines.

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