Sending Wishes to Heaven

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Out of this World.

This photograph shows worshipers sending wishes to Heaven at the Kataragama Temple in Sri Lanka.

 

This photo was taken on February 4, 2018.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/11, 1/10 sec, 45mm,

 

View from Dambulla Rock

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hills.

This green hill against a gorgeous blue sky was photographed as we rested during our climb up Dambulla Rock to the Dambulla Cave Temple complex.  One of our favorite experiences in Sri Lanka, the Dambulla cave temples will be the subject of a future post.

This photo was taken on February 3, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100,  f/8.0, 1/250 sec, 50mm,

 

Wild Sri Lankan Elephant — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wildlife

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wildlife.

This wild Asian elephant was standing between Thanamalvila Rd and Uda Walawe Reservoir near the Elephant Transfer Home in Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka. With about ten feet between us, as well as only a two-strand wire fence, we stared at each other calmly.  (Full disclosure: We humans did not get out of the car.)

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) has been on the endangered list since 1986.

This photo was taken on February 12, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/200 sec, 18 mm.

A Charming Pair

This is our second entry in Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special: Pair.

This pair of cobras in a pair of baskets is responding to the movement of a pungi (musical instrument) as a snake charmer plays it in front of them. This little traveling show was set up on a raised sidewalk near Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic), a Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

This photo was taken on February 7, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/50 sec, 50 mm

Walking in Pairs

This is our entry in  Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special: Pair.

These school children, walking in pairs, have been visiting the National Museum in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

This photo was taken on February 22, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/320 sec, 50 mm.

Ritual Bathing at Kataragama Temple

Ritual purification in religion can involve bathing in a river to maintain purity prior to an important act.  The bathers seen in the Menik Ganga in the following photo are preparing to enter the Kataragama Temple near Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka, a sacred site for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Vedda people. Although the water didn’t seem clean to us, physical impurities don’t diminish the ritual purity such bathing brings to the believers.

 

This photo was taken on February 14, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/11, 1/60 sec, 50 mm.