Lake Aguingay blows my mind

Lake Aguingay

Lake Aguingay is  a seasonal crater lake that can expand  up to three times the size of Bulusan Lake.
 Photo by Philip G. Bartilet

Lake Aguingay is a seasonal crater lake. Its landscape is in constant flux.

Its landscape is in constant flux that changes according to the season. Photo by Philip  G. Bartilet.

There are so many reasons why Lake Aguingay  blows my mind.

It is a lake three times larger than Bulusan Lake.

It is higher in elevation by almost  two hundred feet from Bulusan Lake, her sister lake located in the same mountain.

It turns into a vast plain savannah during drier months.

It is intermittent.

It is seasonal.

It has its own  ebb and tide.

It is in constant changing cycles. Wet. Dry. Swamp. Shallow. Deep.

Its landscape is in  a state of constant flux.

It is a  patch of unique ecosystem created by the volcano itself.

It is an inverted oasis.

It is a lake bed.

It seems to be a  wasteland in the middle of a vast rainforests. But no, not a wasteland. It is a back-up embankment  for water. A naturally made  landlocked storage of water in times of abundant rains.

It does not matter that its name did not originate from a Princess of local lore but from a very resilient weed* that grows in it faithfully like a persistent lover while the others simply can’t.

It does not matter that it has been created from a lahar and lava flow from earlier period of volcanic eruptions trapped in an upland pool. They say it is a  crater lake. It does not matter.

It is simply captivating.

Lake Aguingay blows  me away.

*Note : Aguingay is a resilient and persistent weed that can grow in very extreme conditions. Its scientific name is Rottboellia exaltata,  to be more exact: 

Weed name: Rottboellia cochinchinensis (Lour.) W.D. Clayton

Synonym: Rottboellia exaltata L.f.

Aguingay is the Philippine common name ( in Tagalog)  for this resilient and aggressive upland grass. Source: A handbook on Weed Control by IRRI 

Based from the following facts:

Lake Aguingay

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lake Aguingay

Location               Luzon Island

Coordinates       12°44′57.55″N 124°04′23.04″ECoordinates: 12°44′57.55″N 124°04′23.04″E

Lake type            Seasonal Crater Lake

Basin countries Philippines

Surface area       76 hectares (190 acres)

Shore length1   3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi)

Surface elevation            410 metres (1,350 ft)

1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

“Lake Aguingay is a vast plain at the center of Bulusan Volcano National Park located near Bulusan Lake at the Municipality of Bulusan, South central part of the Sorsogon Province, Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Philippines. It is called The Lake because it is occasionally flooded during wet season and dries up during summer. When it is wet it resembles a big lake located right at the foot of Mt. Bulusan. The area is home to various endemic birds, reptiles and other mammals. It is surrounded by lush vegetation and a tropical rain forest. It is only accessible by foot from Bulusan Lake and from the villages of Kapangihan and San Roque.

Aguingay Lake is another dormant crater within the Bulusan Volcano areas. During rainy seasons the water is clear and greenish. Some areas are covered with grasses and rocks. It is home to some endemic birds, mammals, insects and reptiles surrounded by tropical rain forest.”

Lake Aguingay's surface water area varies according to season.

Lake Aguingay’s water surface area varies according to season.

by Alma P. Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines

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