Enjoying Albay from Above the Clouds | Plains, Highlands, Sea

"...they are the stratus clouds, the low lying pieces of clouds and hurray!!!!!!! - I am above them!"

Visiting the province of Albay for the first time, what I only knew is to be mesmerized by the view of the stunning and lovely Mayon Volcano as being seen from below, or from the plains. But oh yeah, I did a different thing like some other travelers have done - I captured the beauty of Albay and guess where I am? I was on a high altitude at the slope of Mayon Volcano while viewing the beautiful scene of Albay from the sky!

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At the location where I was standing, I was lucky enough to see the highlands of Albay (and that is the Mt. Malinao), the Lagonoy Gulf and of course the plains below.

At the photo above, you can see the plains (or can I call it valley since it is in between two mountains?) of Tabaco City, the municipality of Malilipot and Malinao - still in Albay and how I wish I can also see the island of Catanduanes here but just never mind.

The view is an instant refreshment to my soul as I see the view with the clouds on an elevation leveled to where I was standing.

I was in fact at the Mayon Resthouse Park in Tabaco City, Albay where I reached halfway the peak of Mayon Volcano (almost). From this park, you can afford to see the view of this 3 dimensions I am referring, the highlands (Mt. Malinao), the sea (Lagonoy Gulf) and the plains below.

Who would expect that from this part of the slope of Mayon, there exists a park considering that Mayon is very active. If Mayon has washed out the Cagsawa church, what about this park which is even closer to the crater?

Well, well, well, don't underestimate. People who are already familiar with the activity of Mayon tell that this spot at the slope of this volcano is a safe zone.

The lava that flows from the crater of this potentially angry volcano does not pass through here that's why the park still exists and it is where I am standing now.

The two photos above show the view of the Lagonoy Gulf (to the Pacific Ocean) and the "whitish" aggregates at the center of the photo is the central business district of the city of Tabaco.

With our accidental tour guide (because he was not actually a tour guide, we just picked him up somewhere), he told me that Tabaco City is the take off point for people who are going to the island province of Catanduanes. You gotta ride a ferry from Tabaco City and I hope you can spot the "super tiny" ferries at my photos above, uh! (Hint: Focus at the right side)

So that is the Lagonoy gulf as seen from the point where I am standing now, and yes, I am still on a high elevation at the slope of Mt. Mayon.

And from here, I  was actually above the clouds! Notice my photos especially the first one. You will be able to see the smoke-like thing floating in the air.

Those aren't smoke, it is hardly possible to have a thick smoke build up with that elevation. Now you know, they are the stratus clouds (correct me if I'm wrong), the low lying pieces of clouds and hurray!!!!!!! - I am above them!
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comment 38 #TownFolks Commented :

Yuu Ki on February 20, 2012 at 2:57 AM said...

been there several times since our place is just an hour or so drive...really a great place!

Traveler on a Shoestring on February 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM said...

I am from Albay and grew up seeing Mayon Volcano everyday of my life. I am proud of the majestic Mayon.

Mayon Volcano is the only perfect cone shape volcano.

kindlehearts.com on February 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM said...

awesome pictures! The last time I saw Mayon volcano was in 1997 and of course only from afar.. wish to visit this place again with my family. :)
- sionee

KC Canlas on February 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM said...

Oh, those are clouds. I thought fog so I was thinking, parang super lamig! :D

-KC Canlas

John and Joyie on February 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM said...

Good location - a birds eye view of the entirety of Albay. Nice shots too..

enzo on February 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM said...

Not everybody gets to see such a majestic scenery as these. You are lucky to have seen such wonder. I hope I'll witness these too.

Joy Calipes-Felizardo on February 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM said...

I love the view! Thanks for sharing the beauty of Mayon in your perspective...

Stacy Liong on February 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM said...

You're photos are always awesome. I'm amazed at how you can always take the top view.

violy vallester on February 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM said...

OMg ang Ganda!!!! I'm speechless sana makarating ako dyan!

Blanca/BlancNotes on February 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM said...

You were literally in cloud nine. Would have love to trade places with your at that moment:)

Vonn Angelie David on February 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM said...

great photos as always!

bayenmd on February 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM said...

great shots here, almost like heaven on earth

Kathy Ngo on February 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM said...

The view is different when its from above pala. Interesting take on Albay.

killerfillers on February 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM said...

balak namin i-roadtrip from Manila hanggang dito.haha

Edmaration etc on February 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM said...

@killerfiller!

Go! Ang saya kayang mag-road trip... :))

Jenny O'Toole on February 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM said...

like feeling cloud9. Hahaha Sound like your having fun.

Sining Factory on February 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM said...

Been to Albay many times. At hindi ako magsasawang balikbalikan to. Great shots dude! :)

Edmaration etc on February 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM said...

@Jenny,

Oo nga. Ang lamig dito at talagang high-altitude na.

Edmaration etc on February 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM said...

@Noks, Sining Factory,

True, gusto ko nga rin bumalik uli eh. Hindi nakakawala ng amazement ang Mayon.

athena on February 21, 2012 at 1:22 AM said...

beautiful photos there! :)
clearly you enjoyed and very scenic talaga ang place.
hopefully i'd go there someday. :3

Edmaration etc on February 21, 2012 at 1:51 AM said...

@Athena. Yup, enjoyed a lot.

Gemma | My Dailies on February 21, 2012 at 1:57 AM said...

my family's originally from Albay, I have yet to see the place "above the clouds" you talking about!... seem a very romantic place to share with your loved one!:)

Edmaration etc on February 21, 2012 at 2:11 AM said...

@Gemma: exactly, and it's way too chilly hear. Bring some extra jacket.

Gil Camporazo on February 21, 2012 at 7:37 AM said...

Stratus clouds are known to be as rain clouds. When rain is coming or about to fall, stratus clouds are usually formed. These clouds are in approximately 2,000 m (6,000 ft) below the altitude.

Edmaration etc on February 21, 2012 at 7:49 AM said...

@Sir Gil. I'm glad I could be right :)) Mayon is more than 8,000 feet, so it is possible that these are stratus clouds considering they could be lower than 6,000 feet and I am near the crater.

Simurgh on February 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM said...

amazing vantage point!
I guess you'll need more of wide lenses.
But then the point here is to show the plains of Albay, and the slopes of Mt Mayon

markpogi on February 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM said...

That was really a good perspective of Albay. Atop of almost everything, plus it gives you a perfect vantage point to cover almost everything. ^_^

Edmaration etc on February 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM said...

@Simurgh, how I wish. I only use point and shoot. I don't have DSLR :(

Edmaration etc on February 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM said...

@markpogi, exactly.. thnaks for the plus.

Claire on February 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM said...

Never been to Albay. But It's such an awesome place. Great picture.

Blair Villanueva on February 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM said...

dude, you are lucky to have seen such a wonderful majestic Mayon.. but you haven't seen its truest beauty.. try to visit there in the month of September til December and you will see Mayon, especially at night, flowing its red hot lava, like a teardrops at night..

ThePinayWanderer on February 21, 2012 at 11:38 PM said...

Seeing majestic Mayon and being with someone special, wagi! :D Been to Albay many years back, sana makabalik ulit. :)

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM said...

Blaire, yep! You have just mentioned the scene I always wanted to capture.

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM said...

PinayWanderer, tama. lalo na kapag mas malamig-lamig ang paligid. haha.

Christian Lucas Sangoyo on February 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM said...

very nice!! nung nagpunta kami jan tanghali na, although malamig pa rin, it doesn't look as magical as the ones on your photos

Edmaration etc on February 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM said...

@Kuya Christian, salamat po. MAganda po talaga 'yung place kaya ganyan, haha. I use point and shoot lang.

philtrvia01 on March 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM said...

A Romantic spot for dating, i bet you can view sunset on that spot. oh one more thing Great photoshoot.

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Edmaration etc on March 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM said...

Thanks you so much philtrvia01 for those kind words :))

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