Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. – John Lubbock
When Chris and I were spending our post-Christmas holiday in Culasi with some friends, he was so delighted to be able to hang out by the very beautiful beach of Malalison island in Culasi. Yep, he swam all day long, literally. Other than the beach, what he really admired was the magnificent view of the highest point in Panay Island! He said it very well reminded him of Switzerland and that this is one of his favorite places to be!
Perhaps, when one is looking to fulfill the line, “where the mountains meet the sea”, they better go to Antique. Mt. Madia-as (alternately spelled as Mt. Madjaas or Madya-as), it is the highest point in Panay Island, standing tall at 2, 113 meters.
It is known as the Home of the Visayan Deities and has been considered by many locals as a mystical one. Gifted with open slopes,mossy forest and waterfalls, this is considered as a major mountain to climb. With this, it has a relatively unexplored peak.
With the summit scaled at 2,117 m above sea level, it is almost always shrouded with clouds.This can be seen, if one is lucky enough, during days of clear weather or on late afternoons. Its beauty can be adored clearly when one is standing on the shore of Malalison Island or when on the boat crossing to mainland Culasi.
The vegetation of this mountain is kept alive by the waterfalls around its base. Climbers have to expect heavy rains that fall at any given time. Perhaps this is why it is rich in fauna and flora.
To see all the mighty mountain has to offer, one should endure a 15-kilometer road of stony way that lead to the river bed. There is also an improvised wooden bridge and hills that are full of hurdles everyone must tightrope walk by the sea of clouds. Many climbers attest to climbing to an almost vertical slope while having only the rocks, grasses and roots of trees to hold on to.
Madia-as provides a marvelous mountain scenery with its peak almost always covered with thick clouds that seem to magnify its mystical beauty.
This is the sixth of seven posts in response to Christina of JustBlueDutch’s 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge Series.She blogs about a multitude of topics about her personal interests being a parent, traveler and a Pinay expat. It is always a pleasure exchanging thoughts with her.
The rule for 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge is simple. Just post your favorite nature photo and nominate another blogger every day, for 7 days.
For my Day 6 of this 7-Day Series, I nominate adventuredawgs.wordpress.com. If you are interested to know about the joys of travelling with man’s bestfriend, you can head to this blog.
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