Dancing Peacock — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

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

This fine peacock in Yala National Park near Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka, is dancing to impress a  peahen nearby. We may have enjoyed his five-foot tall plumage more than she did. According to a  study at Perdue University, which outfitted peahens with sophisticated eye-tracking equipment, peahens are more concerned with safety and food than with peacocks. The peahens in the study did pay attention to dancing legs and rattling tails, but not to the plumage above head-height. (As engineers, we would question whether the test headgear affected peahen behavior. How could peahens possibly ignore that splendid display?)

 

 

This photo was taken on February 13, 2018.

Dwon or Up — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge — February 16, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge — February 16, 2018.

When we first saw this umbrella stand, which supports a square umbrella at least 20 feet across, we wondered how the umbrella was lowered for bad weather. This morning we discovered the opening for the crank mechanism.  Turn clockwise for dwon, counterclockwise for up.

This photo was taken on February 18, 2018.

Flying Hanuman Zipline– Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Z

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

The Flying Hanuman zipline near Phuket, Thailand, is great fun for all ages.

 

This photo was taken on March 27, 2013.

An Uncommon Garden Lizard — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge — February 11, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge — February 11, 2018.

This common garden lizard was unconciously stealing the show at Buduruwagala near Kataragama, Sri Lanka. After we had photographed the religious site from every angle, we came across this fellow in dappled light on a large black rock.  We asked our guide why the lizard stayed still long enough for us to take photos, and he replied that the lizard probably wanted a tip.  Our interest in the lizard drew more tourists, and he continued to pose as we left.

This photo was taken on February 11, 2018.

I’m Outta Here — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge — February 9, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge February 9, 2018.

Which way is outta here? This long-legged bird is striding toward Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. It has decided to walk out of the picture as quickly as it can.

This photo was taken on February 9, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/320 sec.

A Trio of Tea Pickers

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

This trio of tea pickers is hard at work at the Lovers Leap Division of the Pedro Estate tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

This photo was taken on February 9, 2018.

Monkey on Sigiriya Rock — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Y

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge — Letter Y.

This monkey was sitting on a wall near the beginning of our climb to the very top of Sigiriya Rock in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. While we were toiling upward, he was leisurely enjoying the mid-morning snack that he had stuffed in his neck pouch.

 

This photo was taken on February 6, 2018.