Commando four-wheel rally upsets environmentalists but Army is gung-ho A four-wheel-drive motor rally organised along east coast early next month has raised concerns among environmentalists. Commando 4×4, the six-day rally planned to start on August 4, is being organised by the Commando Regiment under its “Experience Sri Lanka with Commandos” project. The rally will start from Point Pedro in Jaffna, ending at the Commando Regiment Training school at Uva ...

What if there’s a law saying you should eat your own trash? Courtesy ft.lkBeauty is context bound, this everyone knows. Depends on angle. Lighting. Mood. Things like that. It is made of particular configurations of elements. Take one contributing factor out and that which was thought to be beautiful would appear plain. We can of course compensate with memory and still say ‘beautiful’ but that’s a life-trick and self-delusion. I am thinking ...

Ready… Set… Go! Some sort of heron on the Nahe River, Bad Münster, Germany. Canon EOS 600D, EF-S 18-200mm lens, and Hoya polarizing filter, at 200mm, 1/80, f/5.6, and ISO 100. Tagged: 18-200mm, 600D, Bad Münster, birds, flying, Germany, heron, Nahe, reflections, river, rocks, water

Live life like a Tree Just like a tree that sways to the strong winds; gets drained due to the rainy storms; Yet, stays strong with strong roots without falling to the ground. Let us stay strong with a strong heart and mind. Let’s us not be weak during adversity. Let us not be evil either.  Let’s be the ones that others will seek ...

“Pink is my new Obsession” Pink Pink it’s my new obsession Pink it’s not even a question, Pink on the lips of your lover, ’cause Pink is the love you discover … ~AerosmithFiled under: Flowers, Nature, Outdoor, Spring Tagged: Cool Japan, Flowers, Fuji, Japan, Mount Fuji, Natural Beauty, Nature, Phlox, Pink, Shibazakura, Spring, Spring 2014, Travel

Ecstasy Ecstasy My friend Aurora has an obsession with pink. Then, if you’re a photographer and lived long enough in Japan, you develop this fascination with Mt. Fuji. So when we went to the Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri, near Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan, Aurora could hardly contain herself. As you can clearly see!Filed under: Flowers, Nature, Outdoor, People, Spring Tagged: Cool Japan, Flowers, ...

Elephant Incursion Coconut Palm leaves broken by ElephantWe (Wilpattu House) had an elephant coming into the property on 8th May 2014. This was regardless of the Elephant deterrent 6 foot deep ditch around the place. This smart elephant broke the earth on the ditch to make it less steep and managed to climb over to the property. Luckily not much harm was ...

PINK! A Sea of Pink When retouching photos, it is very rarely that you have to decrease color saturation to make it believable. This is one such instance! Last weekend I went to a Shibazakura (芝桜/Phlox) garden in Hitsujiyama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Luckily the weather was excellent and the flowers were in full bloom. And when those two were combined, it ...

Aurora Heaven Aurora Heaven Astrophysicist, fellow photographer and good friend Aurora Simionescu has an obsession; pink. So when she was in the Shibazakura garden in Hitsujiyama, Japan, she was really actually in Aurora heaven. And it shows.Filed under: Flowers, Nature, Outdoor, People, Spring Tagged: Aurora, Cool Japan, Flowers, Japan, Nature, Shibazakura

Embracing the Universe Embracing the Universe During the last weekend I headed to the Niijima Island, Japan, for two days of camping with the wonderful folk of the Tokyo Snow Club and it was as good a time as you could have. After unhealthy amounts of food, booze, music and some more, we made a bonfire at the beach and had a great ...

Calm after the Storm Serenity During the cherry peak of the spring cherry blossoms, this place comes to live; people gather round to see Sakura, to picnic under the trees on the floorboards to the left of the picture, and there are continuous festivals. There’s just continuous buzz around. After living here for 7 years you kind of get used to it, although you ...

One Can Tango Too Tango Baby! On my way home from grocery shopping today I was passing by this place where lots of pigeons hangout, and seeing them I thought I’d take a few photos so grabbed the camera as soon as I was home and headed out rightaway. One there, I started shooting a few ‘portraits’, but almost immediately lots of them gathered ...

Instead of Erabadu; Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for New Year Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season. (photos by Susantha Udagedara)  This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in ...

The Four Seasons This was a photo almost a year in the making; when I took the first of the four photos back in August, it occurred to me that I could in fact not take one, but four, depicting each of the four seasons. The fall went without a problem and a cool looking picture in the bag. Winter was what was ...

Dreamland The Perfect Spring Day Believe it or not, this is more or less right in front of my apartment; yes I’m that lucky. This small stream and the road alongside it runs for more than a kilometer long and there are Sakura trees (cherry blossoms ) just like this the whole length. Unfortunately because of work I couldn’t take a ...

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