Last night, while working at the internet cafe, two friends of mine, Jenny and Angel called me, asking me to sit beside them. They were looking at my family pictures at our travel to Enchanted River, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. They we’re so fascinated with the beauty of crystal clear, deep blue waters of Hinatuan’s Enchanted River. By its name alone, one could ask; “why enchanted?”. Actually, Jenny asked it. Local myths say that it was named “enchanted” since there we’re stories of “2 spiritual creatures, a lady covered by greenish like aura and a white like aura of a man”. Thats what they say, but as for me, the place itself is names it “enchanted”.
I remembered the time when I was watching a local tv channel, they we’re telling tips on photography. The host said that: pictures tell stories, and I guess I now have a story telling picture. She said, its one of the Top List on Photography Tips for Beginners, pictures should tell stories.
Hinatuan’s Enchanted River, it’s like a lagoon surrounded by rocks, trees and plants. The deep blue, crystal clear and calm sea water is what many local tourists crave for in this place. Local folks says that the bottom of the river cannot be reached, even with 2 tank divers can get to the bottom. There are caves at the bottom of the river that leads to a room like area, few had reached for myths says that there are people who never returned, I don’t know how true but its sure is scary. My family loves to travel and we’ve been to different places, but Enchanted River is different, it tells us to come back for more! Actually, my family decided, we are going back! Sad to say that when we reach the river, it was Sunday and its flooded with people. I would suggest for some peeps who wants to visit the river, try going there between Monday to Friday, much better if its early in the morning.
This picture above shows a deep blue water on the left, the caves are located there as they say. Around 12 noon to 1 pm, Enchanted River staffs rings the bell requesting people to clear the river, its feeding time for the fishes. Big fishes gathers and catches food thrown to the river. People get excited looking at the fishes. I can’t get a nice picture at the river, but to give you guys an idea about the fish size at the river, here’s a picture of me, and a captured fish at a restaurant, just a 5-10 minute pump boat ride from the river. But, at the Enchanted River, the fishes are bigger than this one.
Pictures should tell stories. As a newbie, I’ll keep that in mind. From now on, whenever I try to take pictures, shoot first and look at it if its telling its viewers a story. Then consider it an experience!