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.