Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tsunami Memorial, Yala, Sri Lanka.

When a Tsunami hit Sri Lanka in 2004 on the 26th December it caused severe devastation. A group of Japanese tourists who were camped at this place - Patinagala in Yala were swept away. The photo shows 'Patinagala' - the stony outcrop on the sea-shore. The vertical sail like structures near the foundations of the devastated building, is the memorial erected in memory of the dead. Photo by Queenie V

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pine logs from a plantation near Beragala, Sri Lanka.

Pinus trees were planted on a l;arge area close to the Badulla Highway from Belihul oya. These logs are harvested and transported to Colombo. You see the felled trunks by the roadside on this picture.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Waterbirds, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Inside the fenced off area of the Sithawaka Free Trade Zone at Avissawella is a pond, where swamp birds come to feed and build their nests, uninterrupted by humans. I took this picture there. You can see egrets, stilts, bitterns  lapwings, whistling ducks etc. Try and spot some of them in the two pictures.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Offering to 'Sani Bhagawan'

I took this picture on the perimeter road of 'Saman Dewale', Rathnapura, Sri Lanka. The crow is said to be the 'vaahana' of 'Sani Bhagawan' in the Hindu Pantheon of Gods. When 'Sani' or 'Senasuru' is said to be 'Neechcha' - inauspicious, in the horoscope of an individual at a period in his life all sorts of calamities could occur to him, according to the astrologers. They advice propitation of 'Sani' by offering food to his 'Vaahana' the crow. This is such an offering of balls of milk rice served on seventeen leaves left to eaten by the crows.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Kosgama, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

I took this picture in heavy vegetation close to a house at Kosgama, Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seasons Greetings

'I'd like to see the world for once,
All standing hand in hand,
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land'

We wish you a Merry Christmas

That's not enough - I want some more....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

St.Clair's waterfalls, Pathana, Hatton, Sri Lanka.

St. Clair's waterfalls is situated about two Kilometers away from Devon waterfalls, on the Hatton - Thalawakele road.I took thiese pictures before the completion of the Upper Kothmale Dam which impounded its waters upstream.
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Devon falls, Pathana, Hatton, Sri Lanka.

This is on the Hatton to Thalawakele road in Sri Lanka.
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Feeding the orphan elephants at Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

Elephants orphaned in the jungles of Sri Lanka are brought to this orphanage run by the Department of Wild Life. They are looked after and released into the Udawalawe wild life sanctuary bordering the orphanage. They come back from the jungle twice a day to get their quota of milk.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A tea-factory and a planter's bungalow - remnants of British Colonial rule, Haputhale, Sri Lanka.

The valley towards Bandarawela as seen from Haputhale, Sri Lanka.

The main train to Badulla from Colombo and estate roads in a tea estate and a tea factory are seen in this photo.

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The climb from Beragala to Haputhale - mid stage.

In the 1960s the rains would bring torrents of water coursing down the road on this stretch and cause damage to the highway and initiating landslides. Now well constructed concrete conduits and drains carry the water away. This was a project done by 'Keangnam' a South Korean firm. The Koreans inherited their modern engineering skills from their French Colonial masters. Thus we see the French approach to road construction in Sri Lanka improving on the British legacy that we had from our British Colonial masters.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

The view of the Uva valley from past Beragala, on the climb to Haputhale, Sri Lanka.

The stretches of glistening water near the horizon are the Udawalawe, Hambegamuwa and Chandrikawewa reservoirs.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The view of the Uva valley from Beragala, Sri Lanka.

A panoramic view of the distant hills from Beragala.
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Belihuloya to Beragala scenic wonder, Sri Lanka

Scene after scene of nature in its abundance greets the eyes on this road. If you stop to pause at nature around you you are in for a treat.
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Scenes at the entrance to the Rest-house, Belihul Oya, Sri Lanka

I picked out these scenes looking straight ahead, looking to the left and looking to the right coming out of the Belihuloya Rest-house. You can see the variety at every turn.