Five Swan Boats — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 5+ Items.

Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, offers many types of pleasant water activities for the whole family, including whimsically-painted paddle boats in the shape of large swans.

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

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/9, 1/320 sec, 5.87 mm.

Unrolled

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

After a journey spanning three days (17 hours in the air), we were finally deposited at a tiny hotel in Negombo, Sri Lanka.  Since the local time was approaching 5 AM, we were most anxious for sleep in a real bed.  Checking out the bathroom, we discovered the sum total of toilet paper supplied for us.  We decided to dig out our own reserve supply (we have traveled in this part of the world before).

 

This photo was taken on February 1, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 500, f/2.0, 1/30 sec, 4.5 mm.

Bentota Fisherman — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Diagonal Line(s)

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Diagonal Line(s).

This young man is fishing from the beach near Bentota, Sri Lanka, just before noon. His fishing pole, held on a diagonal, is no fancy rod and reel. Close to 15 feet long, reaching easily beyond the crashing waves, it appears to be bamboo rather than fiberglass, with a monofilament line shorter than the pole.

The body of water is the Laccadive Sea, which is a rich source of fish for the local population.  In fact, directly behind him on the sand (not visible in the photo) is a long fishing net stretched out to dry and the drift gillnet fishermen who just brought in and distributed their catch are walking back home.

This photo was taken on February 20, 2018. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/320 sec, 18 mm.

Stupa Dome in Dambulla Cave Temple — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Arch, Dome or Half Circle.

One of the most interesting places we visited during a trip to Sri Lanka this February is the Buddhist Dambulla Cave Temple. It would be easy to spend hours visiting the site. Inside the temple, which comprises multiple caves, are bell-shaped stupas surrounding relics. There are beautiful views in every direction. The following image shows one of them.

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

Olympus TG-4, ISO 800, f/2, 1/13 sec, 7.6 mm

Fishing Boats near Colombo

We visited Sri Lanka for the month of February. One of our early stops was at a harbor for fishing boats just outside Colombo. The daily catch is either sold in stalls and outdoor markets or left drying in the sun for later use.

This photo was taken on February 1, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/250 sec, 50 mm

Do not leave your shoes in place — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 8, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: April 8, 2018.

When we visited Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, we also visited the sacred fig tree Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the Mahamewna Gardens.  As is the case in all such sacred places, visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering. The question is always, where shall we leave our shoes? Usually there is a staffed building nearby with shoe-minders, where shoes can be left safely and retrieved after paying a very small fee (50 Sri Lankan Rupees, or about 35 cents, for three pairs of shoes).  In the picture below, the small building can be seen in the back. The grassy space in front is roped off with a sign in the local language as well as in English:

Do not leave your shoes in place

Of course, we see many “shoes in place” (even on the base of the sign), as well as a man in the very act of ignoring the directions.

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

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/11, 1/640 sec, 21 mm.

Alone (but not for long) — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone

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

We saw this Crested Hawk Eagle at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.  He is alone but appears to be looking for a meal companion.

 

This photo was taken on February 11, 2018. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 320, f/8, 1/320 sec, 250 mm