(Over)tourism in the Udawalawe National Park

This is our entry in the FRIENDLY FRIDAY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TOURISM.

In February 2018, we were taken on a Udawalawe National Park Elephant Safari in Sri Lanka. Our transport was a 4×4 safari jeep with a capacity of six tourists, although there were only the two of us, accompanied by the driver and a guide.  They sat in the cab, while we sat in elevated seats in the back.  Our tour was only for a half day, and so we sped through the preserve from sight to sight (birds and beasts).  We were not alone.  There were many other jeeps also jockeying to see the sights.  As jeeps passed each other, guides shared what was available to be seen, and all jeeps in the area converged to the latest find.  In between the big finds, we enjoyed seeing birds and other smaller creatures at a more leisurely pace.  Here is a typical view: the tourists outnumber the elephants.

This photo was taken on February 5, 2018. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/16, 1/80 sec, 55 mm.

 

 

 

Fake Fear

This is our entry in THE SNOW MELTS SOMEWHERE’s FRIENDLY FRIDAY: FAKE challenge.

We had wanted to visit Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for years. In 2017, we were finally able to do so.  One of our best experiences there was Art in Paradise, the Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.  Along with many other tourists having fun, we inserted ourselves into works of art and posed for ridiculous photos.  The family in the photo below are using a dangerous swinging bridge to cross a terrifying gorge (but they don’t really  appear to be afraid).

According to their website, there are also Art in Paradise museums in Pattaya and Bangkok, which we will be sure to visit given the opportunity.

Queuing at the Elevador de Santa Justa

This is our entry in Manja Mexi Moving’s Friendly Friday bricks and tiles.

The Elevador de Santa Justa in Lisbon, Portugal, carries passengers (mostly tourists) from the Baixa district below to the Bairro Alto district above.  The observation deck on top of the elevator gives excellent views of the Baixa district as well as the line of tourists queuing to enter the elevator.  From 45 meters up, the people in the queue seem to copy the pattern in the tile beside them.

For a photo of the Elevador de Santa Justa itself, from which we took the above photo, see our post Elevador de Santa Justa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E.  For another view from the top showing tiled rooftops, see our other post at View from Elevador de Santa Justa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Week 1 Photo – geometry, bushes, window, brick, etc.