We were driving back down to Auckland from the far north, in pitch black winding roads. It was eerily quiet and empty. As I looked up into the sky, I saw the clearest of nights and so, decided to stop. I parked by the side of the road and pointed my camera up to capture the brightest and clearest view of the milky way galaxy I have ever seen.
This is the village of Batad, a small community in the mountains of Ifugao, Philippines. Rice terraces made of clay and stone have been standing here for more than 2,000 years made by people with a rich culture and heritage. This is one of the best places in the world that every explorer must see, in my opinion.
I went to the coast hoping to catch an explosive sunrise but was greeted by a long march of clouds instead. I didn’t exactly get what I wanted but I’m still happy with the subtle hues that nature put on display that morning.