WPC: Early Bird – Sunrise and Philippine pandan leaf sellers

My favorite time of the day is right after sunset — the twilight (“takip-silim” in the Philippine Tagalog language, takip meaning to cover, and silim means dusk). I am definitely not a morning person.

Earlier this year, I did see some amazing sunrises.Β  Luckily, I was awake and aware enough to appreciate the moment and snap some photos on my phone camera, with pine trees in silhouette…

Monterey Bay Area (California) Sunrise Photos

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Philippine Pandan Leaf Sellers Sunrise Photos

Though I am not a morning person, one has to wake up pretty early if you want to buy leaves at the market where Philippine pandan leaves — called “romblon” in our region — are sold.

Here are a few of my photos of pandan leaf sellers unloading their banka (outrigger) boats and bringing in bundles of leaves to sell at the weekly market.Β  They usually pull in from surrounding islands right before sunrise.

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More versions of my pandan leaf seller photos arriving for market day are posted on the Native Leaf website, here (posted for the Golden Hour photo challenge).

Romblon Leaf "Bayongs" (Market Totes Bags)

Romblon Leaf “Bayongs” (Market Totes Bags)

And if you are curious about what products can be made from theΒ  leaves of the pandan plant, in addition to its use in Asian and Pacific islands for cooking and food flavoring, see this LolaKo.com post: Philippine Romblon (Pandanus) plant or click on the market totes – Philippine bayong photo.

To participate in this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge (WPC) theme of “Early Bird” or to see entries for this challenge, click here.

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Whether it’s an unforgettable sunrise, that warm glow that only comes from early morning light, or just the lack of other people walking through your shot, early birding can pay real dividends in your photographs.

This week (and especially if you’re among those who find the early bird concept cringe-worthy), I encourage you to set your alarm for the early hours, grab your first (several) cups of coffee, and challenge yourself to capture an outstanding photograph in the early morning light.

16 thoughts on “WPC: Early Bird – Sunrise and Philippine pandan leaf sellers

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  4. Beautiful sunrises. Great shots. Beyond brilliant views. Like you, I am not a morning person, really cannot stress that enough. Even when I go to bed at 9 or 10pm and rise at 8am, no, I am still not a morning person and don’t enjoy it *high five*

    I never knew Pandan leaves could be woven into beautiful baskets like the one in your photo. Even the handles? In Malaysia, Pandan cake is very popular, and pandan leaves is always used to wrap glutinous rice and used to serve nasi lemak or what you call coconut rice in English πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Mabel!

      I think for the pandan seller shots, we had to get up at 4AM to get to the market in time. I probably did not sleep well worrying about waking up so early! I can’t wait to go back and take more photos!

      Yes, even the handles are made from pandan on those market totes, they twist the handles first to make a sort of thick twine, then loop it around another piece of twisted pandan leaf attached to the bag. It is amazing the products made from this plant.

      We have green shade foods in the Philippines, thanks to pandan flavor and its natural deep green coloring, and “buko” (young coconut) and pandan jelly drinks are popular and so good. I so enjoy the scent of pandan in food!. Pandan cake, yummy — I would love to visit Malaysia someday!

      • 4am is a very early hour to be awake. Good on you for doing that! Good things comet to those who go for it πŸ˜‰

        I would love how to make a pandan basket someday. They look so sturdy. But I’m not so sure if it’s good for carrying wet things of things from the wet market…

        I would love to be in the Phillipines right now, or Malaysia. Coconuts in Australia do not taste as good here!

        • Your coconut comment is funny — when my sisters and I visit the Philippines, the first thing we do after our luggage is unloaded is to get a fresh young coconut and to drink the juice and eat the soft buko / coconut meat. Then we feel “home”, haha.

          As there are coconut trees nearby where my mom lives, this is an easy request, as long as we have someone that is good at climbing the trees πŸ™‚ (definitely NOT me). They do have those shorter coconut trees variety now, thankfully.

          Have a great week, Mabel πŸ™‚

  5. Fantastic sunrise shots! Sadly, I could not find one sunrise worth posting out of the very little sunrise shots I had (and they are already on my blog). And I was not willing to get out of bed early to try and complete the challenge. So kudos to you, non-morning person!
    Wow, those pandan totes are beautiful…

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