How Red is the Valley

Valencia, Negros Oriental, the Philippines

June 25, 2011

Baffling plumes of smoke were rising from the rocky mountainside by the zigzag highway. It couldn’t have been a swidden; the slope was too steep for crops. The van driver claimed it was sulfur emanating from hairline fissures in the rocks. True enough, a slightly sulfuric scent hung in the air when we stopped for some snapshots.

Solfataras on the Slopes of Mt. Talinis

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