Clinging Tree Orchard
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Okay, I know this isn't a mountain. This is one of the many varieties of
tree orchards found in SE Asia.
This photo was taken very close to Mount Apo, which is the highest summit
in the Philippines. Next time, I promise to get a photo of Mount Apo!
In order for something like this to grow, the rainfall must be very great.
Suppose that's why the Philippines has a "wet season" lasting from June to
An average of 20 typhoons, known as bagyos, whip across the Philippines each year. They generally bring heavy rains and wind from April
to January, with a peak season from August to November.
With the torrential rains come flash flooding. One of the worst flash floods
in recent times struck in November 1991 in Ormoc, Leyte. Fed by rains on
newly bared mountainsides, Leyte's normally tame rivers burst their banks,
killing approximately 8,000 people and leaving 50,000 homeless.