Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A child in the driving seat.

My 2 year old grand-son is an admirer of two wheeled tractors. I gave him the time of his life by sitting him on the driving seat of a two wheel tractor oif a farmer.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Family transport in Sooriyawewa, Sri Lanka.

The province of Uva in Sri Lanka has fields of paddy tended by farmer families. The two-wheel diesel tractor and trailer is an essential item in farming. I took this photo on a Poson holiday where an extended family had come far from home to visit the hot springs close to Sooriyawewa.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kuttapitiya falls, Pelmadulla, Sri Lanka.

'Kuttapitiya falls' is a beautiful sight from the approach road to Pelmadulla from Kahawaththe. I took this picture on a mild drizzly evening using the maximum 12 X zoom on my Fuji Finepix S 1500. It was a hand-held shot.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The white flower arises from a stalk emanating from the thick leaf of the plant, it blooms at night and emits a sweet smell. A native to Sri Lanka. Photo taken in my house garden.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Old type 'mile stones' of Ceylon.

The old type granite stone markers with the number of miles and the inverted crown below it to indicate miles.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A follow-up on the earlier book “Remembered Vignettes” - which recalled the hilarious times of being a medical student in the early 1960s – “The CRY of the DEVIL BIRD” - records some fascinating incidents in the life of a medical officer between the years 1965 to 2000. We are sure you would enjoy reading this latter release.

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Dalada Maligawa, Kandy.

The bottom part of the repository of the "tooth Relic' at the Dalada Maligawa, Kandy.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mini hydropower plant, Dickoya.

 The potential for tapping electricity from the streams and rivulets of Sri Lanka has been on the test-bed for quite some time. I saw one operational a few miles outside Avisswella a few years back. A small concrete wall was constructed across a village stream high up in its course from the hills. The water was led via a 3inch polythene pipe to a vertically mounted turbine-alternator. The switching system delivered current to about 10 households in this remote village strictly for purposes of lighting at night. Very little maintainence was needed for this set up.
Recently on a visit to Castlereigh in the highlands I saw this mini-hydro project set up by 'Vidya-shilpi' the organization supplying schools with laboratory equipment. They had built a concrete water channel from a nearby stream and this water powered a turbine down below. The pictures show the water channel and the point where it was being led to the valley below to power the turbines.

Friday, June 11, 2010

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Brown-headed barbet, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

I heard at a lecture by Felsinger in the 1970s, how difficult it was to isolate and record bird song in that era. They would set up microphones set in parabolic mirrors and wait. Any bird song was invarioably marred by the raucous song of the babbler. These birds are quite noisy.

Friday, June 4, 2010

A 'cadju-nut' after a parrot had got at its contents.

A cadju fruit has a very hard shell. It needs roasting in the fire before being smashed open. The parrots with their sharp teeth nibble their way and reach the fleshy kernel while the fruit is still green and hanging on the tree. The picture shows the result. I took this picture at Dehigahapitiya, Sri Lanka.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A pensive bride, Kosgama, Sri Lanka.

I managed to get this picture of a bride dressed in all the traditional finery at Kosgama, Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A 'Black-headed Oriole' enjoying a ripe mango fruit.

The 'Black-headed oriole' - 'Kaha kurulla' - 'maambalak kuruvi' - enjoys a ripe mango when it sees one. I took this picture from the window of my neighbour Piyal Romawardena's house.