I am pleased to announce a new Sri Lanka gallery with a selection of images that I think captures some of the character and beauty of this pearl of a country as it emerges from civil war and the tsunami.
Sri Lanka has so much to offer the traveler, and now that there is a peace I hope that many more travelers will serendipitously find their way to the place once named “Serendib”.
It was thrilling to capture this elephant stampede from close range, the speed that they move is quite incredible. Elephants roam freely in many parts of Sri Lanka, though they appear docile most of the time they can be dangerous. Just because there are no warning signs does not mean it is safe to approach them.
The image below is of women taking the traditional afternoon stroll along the ramparts of Galle. The ramparts are the outer walls of a massive fort built initially by the portuguese to defend the port of Galle and then taken over by the dutch East India Company. This port was once visited by nearly every ship making its way from the west to east, and it still has a multicultural feel of a trading port.
Another favorite of mine is the tea pickers or tea pluckers as they are sometimes called. The shimmering green of the of the tea plantations, the deep blue of the sky and the friendly nature of the people are quintessentially Sri Lankan.