Sunday, May 8, 2011

UP Diliman: Spring Sunflowers in Summer


There's something to be said about the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines in summer. This is the time of the year when flowers, in all shapes, sizes and colors, bloom. One flower most especially--the big, bright and reminder of all things summer, the sunflower.

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

Here in tropical Philippines, summer comes earlier in the year. It begins around late March and ends around late May. That's when the monsoon season kicks in. So we do not really have a "spring." Nonetheless, the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City make do with its own bloom season--a spring in the middle of summer.

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

I came here on a scorchingly hot and dry April weekend, hoping that this year would be the year when I get to photograph the beautiful sunflowers that line the University Avenue. Thankfully, the sunflowers were still there, along with a few other flowers that make the road which serves as the campus's front entrance a very beautiful drive indeed.

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

UP Diliman: Spring in Summer

(Dedicated to my three mothers: Nanay Paz for being the family's guiding light, Nanay Sing for rearing me in my early years, and my mom for striking the balance between caring and allowing me to be the person I want to be.)


Do you also anticipate the coming of the sunflowers in UP Diliman every summer? It's our very own Spring season, right?


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