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Tag : Sri Lanka Travel

16 Apr 2013

An Engagement Photo in Sri Lanka

As I wandered through the green expanse of Kandy’s Botanical Garden, I came across this lovely couple out for a shoot with their hired Sri Lankan wedding photographer. Being the interloper that I am (the basic nature of a photographer?), I asked if I could take their picture. They obliged and everyone, including their photographer, seemed happy with the request; their photographer took a picture of me taking a picture of them. My guess is that I am now in […]

12 Apr 2013

A Country of Tea Drinkers

In Sri Lanka, tea is a big deal. Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer and the second largest exporter in the world. I had always thought that tea production had a really long history in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), but it was the British who introduced it and started cultivation in the mid-1800s. Previously, coffee had been the big deal (fueled by consumption in Europe), but a coffee blight pretty much wiped out the entire stock. Luckily, they had […]

09 Apr 2013

In Search of Big Blue

Having quickly exhausted anything mildly of interest in the coastal town of Unawatuna, I learned that just down the road, in a town called Mirissa, one could hire a boat and go blue whale watching. Yes, I thought, blue whales! The prospect excited me because 1) I had never seen a blue whale and there are only a handful of places where one can catch site of these, the largest organisms that have ever existed—and 2) it wasn’t Unawatuna. So, […]

29 Mar 2013

Portrait of a Sinhalese Buddhist Monk, Sri Lanka

I took this shot just outside an old temple in central Sri Lanka. (Make sure you click on the blue, “Read More” button and then click on the image to get the full-frame version of the shot.) I love the light in the shade in the tropics at mid-day. Forget about shots in the direct sunlight during the harsh light of a tropical day. It’s just way to intense. The shade is where it’s at. We’ll be starting a travel […]

28 Mar 2013

The Holy of Holies— The Holy Tooth Relic Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka

I shot this photo just after I had queued to catch a glimpse of the golden casket that allegedly holds one of the Buddha’s teeth. The monk is entering a chamber one floor below where the the tooth is located. As such, he must be a pretty important monk to get solitary access to such a special place. (Make sure you click on the image to get the full deal.) The Holy Tooth Relic Temple is the most important religious […]

09 Mar 2013

That's a Really Big Rock

Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a rock-fortress in central Sri Lanka that you can read more about here. Since I am writing on an iPhone with a spotty connection, I’ll keep it short. I’ll write more in the coming days, but I wanted to share an image of this more-than-cool chunk of rock. It’s a seriously wild climb to the top. Most basic safety standards for handling large crowds in high places were cast aside. It’s everyone for […]

07 Mar 2013

My Lucky Day with the Elephants

I say lucky because even though I visited Udawalawe National Park at mid-day, I still saw over a hundred elephants. Despite the crushing heat, the elephants were out in large numbers, maybe because there was a little atmospheric haze that brought the sun down one notch. Even though their skin looks tough, apparently it isn’t and they regularly cover themselves in muddy water and dirt throughout the day to protect themselves. And in the extreme afternoon heat, you see them […]

04 Mar 2013

Surfing the Sri Lankan Way

A coastal town sounded like the perfect reprieve from the grime and congestion of Colombo so I headed south to the beach-town of Unawatuna. The town itself is nothing spectacular–it’s primarily a tourist destination with little soul. But it does have the amenities of relaxation: rooms and restaurants at nearly every step and, of course, it has the ocean with its long, sandy beach and surf break. I studied the break for awhile and I was convinced that this was […]

02 Mar 2013

Navigating the Traffic and the Cops in Colombo

Driving here is not for the weak of spirit. Like so many other places around the world, the streets and roads of Colombo are wildly chaotic and dangerous to navigate especially if you’re a foreign driver. Even as a pedestrian in traffic, survival requires thought. The featured image is more of a back street scene, but I like this one because it shows the mix of street life. Oftentimes, there are no sidewalks. And one has to be aware of […]

27 Feb 2013

I Gave Big Sea Fishing a Try, Then Ran for the Shade

As islands go, Sri Lanka is the 25th largest in the world. On a map it may look like the size of a mouse alongside the elephant of India, but it’s still twice the size of Vancouver Island. Consequently, it has a vast coastline and fishing is a major occupation in Sri Lanka. If you like seafood, this could be your paradise. It’s on nearly every menu. In the featured picture, if you look way out on the horizon (depending […]