These were taken from the top of the Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Limestone cliffs of sedimentary rock along the coast of Burgos which are largely undefended from erosion by the sea. Facing the South China Sea, this coast yields gamet (black seaweed) from September to February, also a period when Burgos Bay is rough and the waves are swelling. The equivalent to the Japanese nori, gamet comes as a black and flat seaweed sheet when dried.
Gamet gatherers would wait for the waves to retreat before they start picking on the seaweeds stuck deep in the fissures of rocks and corals. I have eaten gamet but never thought gathering it can be dangerous. I loved these windswept cliffs, the rugged coast, this remote place. It wasn't easy coming here but it was all worth it.
Burgos, Ilocos Norte, Philippines