Year 2011 was no doubt a year for photo enthusiasts. With an unprecedented growth in sales of DSLR’s and mobile phones, tablets and computers with digital cameras, I doubt if there ever was any other time in mankind’s history when there were just as many people snapping away photos all the time.

Looking back at the year just passed, still nursing a hangover of the holidays, I was struck with the number of subjects I was able to cover – from birding to weddings and beauty tilts to travel destinations; from the time I had a glaucoma attack and subsequent laser procedure down to baby pictures and awesome adventure rides and treks in far-flung areas.

Thus I decided to compile my favorites and share them with you for a brief replay of gerryruiz images of 2011.

I hope you like it. Cheers!

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I’ve been to the Agas-Agas Bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte on several occasions.

Currently holding the record of having the highest elevation of all bridges in the Philippines with a height of 292 feet above the ground, it is also the site where the longest zipline (almost a kilometer long) is located.

At this elevation, and when the weather feels like it, low-flying clouds would suddenly envelop the area giving it a scene not unlike being in another temperate country; certainly some place else other than in the Philippines.

And, no, in those times I was in the area, I’ve never had the chance to take some bird shots… until last Thursday, December 22, 2011… when a hornbill, locally known as Talusi, (three of them, actually) suddenly flew into view and perched herself high up in a tree close by where I was just taking snapshots of the general scene.

It was my first bird shot at Agas-agas. And a seldom-seen-in-the-wild Samar Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides samarensis) at that!

Whew! Certainly a great Christmas gift for me!

Merry Christmas, everybody!!!

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Now that the holidays are over (do I hear, “Wait! Happy Three Kings still to come!”?) and we’re back to the usual daily grind and routine, I couldn’t help but think of those kababayans of ours who are stationed thousands of miles away from home and while wanting very much to be with family and loved ones during the holidays were unfortunate not to be able to come home, either due to work or financial constraints or other personal reasons.

Lost in the holiday rush, the endless parties, reunions  and other get-togethers was the otherwise mute and un-Christmassy regular scenes in the suburbs around Tacloban City.

To those missing home, let me share then some photos taken the day before Christmas – and imagine getting a whiff of the tiniest melody being sang in the background, that of “Silent Night”…

Cheers!!! Happy New Year, everyone!!!

View slideshow: http://gerryruiz.callezaragosa.com/p852577099/slideshow

View more photos: http://gerryruiz.callezaragosa.com/p852577099

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It was a good year. A very good one, I would say.

Here are highlights of the various activities and projects undertaken by the Camera Club of Leyte & Samar for 2010.

CCLS 2010 Yearender from Gerry Ruiz on Vimeo.

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