My main objective in Zambales was to visit Nagsasa Cove but when Anton and his wife introduced us to Capones island, it became an unexpected highlight.
Months ago, I had an affair with big red ants and cogon grass in the island of Guimaras. Little did I know that a golden sea with the same type of weeds would provide another focal point to this beautiful island.
February 22, 2011
Capones Island, Zambales
docking area to the lighthouse
stairway to the lighthouse
A day after camping out in Nagsasa, we proceeded to Capones Island to see the lighthouse – a landmark of which this island is known for.
It was scorching hot and this is where I accumulated red marks on my skin reminiscent of a roasted pig. Our boat didn’t have any shade so that added to the redness.
We had difficulty docking near the island as huge waves crashed the shore full of rocks. But I was happy we were able to set foot with our cameras intact.
When one treks the pathway to the top, he would NOT notice the grasses right away. Being curious, I’m glad I ran towards these bushes despite the smoldering heat.
nothing extraordinary at first glance
You would prefer the usual green grasses and not these wilted ones just because you’d assume that they don’t have anything special about them. But I saw it amidst the dullness.
Because of the sun’s rays and their piercing brightness, these grasses turned golden which added a brilliant texture from a backdrop of the blue ocean and sky; with the horizon separating the two elements.
dry but golden
Photos were immediately taken, smiles were immediately captured. People with sensitive skin won’t dare to spend time out here that’s why it was encouraging to realize that my companions were game enough to pose with me.
with Anton, Teresa and Doi
Still not satisfied, I couldn’t help but jump around and about, diving (face first!) even to these grasses. My friends just let me be as I attempted countless times to get a shot being suspended in air.
Upon continuing our trek, I later realized how risky my jumps were. I encountered boulders of rocks along the way. Huge boulders that would’ve cost me a face if I hit any of them upon diving.
But that’s just me being too juvenile and carefree; something I wouldn’t advise anyone when going on a trip to uncharted territory.
careful with your face!
Going back to the cogon grass, I guess we were lucky enough to witness this colorful sight. Maybe in another season, these grasses turn green and become full of life. Although that would be another setting to behold, the golden grasses added more drama different from our country’s usual landscape.
The lighthouse is the main attraction of Capones Island, but these grasses did it for me.
Check out articles about my Zambales adventure trip here:
- Zambales Trip: Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove and Capones Island
- Zambales Trip: An Afternoon Nap Under Pine Trees in Anawangin Cove
- Zambales Trip: Exploring Anawangin Cove
- Zambales Trip: Morning Jog in Nagsasa Cove
- Zambales Trip: Cooking and Camping in Nagsasa Cove
- Zambales Trip: Golden Cogon Grasses in the Island of Capones
- Zambales Trip: Standing on Top of the Lighthouse in Capones Island
- Total Budget Expense in Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales
- Tips and Things to Know about Anawangin, Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales
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