In May I go a-walking in Washington Yes, it was the Spring of 2008 and I was in Washington DC — the big city. Armed with my new camera I was drunk with the thrill of taking photos. Every moment of light was grabbed –early morning before going to work and evenings as the day ended. Playtime in the gardens of the cathedral. Photograph©Chulie de Silva Hearts ...

Random Clicks In Kilinochchi Dancing girls Kilinochchi, 21 July 2010. Photograph©Chulie de Silva Going up North for work was so interesting in 2010. North was reviving and there was this wonderful joyous exuberance – especialy among the young. The only setback for me was that I often had to put my camera through the window and plead with the drivers to slow down ...

The Old Nupe Market, Matara Central Turret, Nupe Market Matara, 31 May 2014. Photograph©Chulie de Silva “I always remembered it for its shingled roof,” said a friend who hails from Matara about the Market in Nupe. Yes, the red Sinhala Kandyan period flat tiles –peti-ulu are there in this airy T-shaped building located at Wilmot Balasuriya Mawatha in Matara. This interesting heritage building of the ...

Matara: Digging Legends Saman the crab catcher, rows across the Nilwala River. Matara. 31 May 2014Photograph© Chulie de Silva After a days romp through the staid Dutch built Church, Fort and other monuments, I started digging around for the history of Matara and its legends. One of the legends that emerged is of the scholar poet King Kumaradasa or Kumaradhatusena son of ...

Spring Vienna 2007 Photos, photos and photos, you take heaps on holiday and then they lie inside a folder, often forgotten. … Till, one fine day, you unearth them from a half forgotten archive. It all comes back then — the walk through a park, on a warm spring morning in Vienna. The grasses stirred as the soft wind rippled the water. Photograph© ...

Meditations at Vesak The setting sun turned the sands golden, the rise and fall of the waves,  changing , changing every moment, leaving nothing to permanence,  the horizon stretching away like the samsara — in deed a brief transient moment that embodied all Buddha’s teachings on Anicca (impermanence) , Dukkha (suffering) and Anatma ( absence of a permanent self or soul) . … ...

Among ghosts and legends at Sasseruwa (Res Vehera ) Ancient monasteries, potent legends, the mystique of incense laden Buddhist temples is a heady combination and a good playground for amateur photographers. Sasseruwa also known as Res Vihara is such a Buddhist monastery, so named as the area was flooded with rays of light (Res) when the Bodhi tree was first planted. The tree was one of the first 32 saplings ...

Old man and the sea Lonely fishermen post tsunami, Southern Sri Lanka.  Photograph© Chulie de Silva. “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” ― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Remembering Amma with love Manel Kirtisinghe. 22 Aug.1922-17Jan.2014. Photograph© Chulie de Silva. taken on 11 Oct. 2012 Sometimes our hearts borrow from our yesterday’s And with each remembrance we meet again with those we love. Love’s last gift, remembrance.

Death as a mirror of life The narrow road from Pinkande to Katudampe was shiny black newly tarred, clearly marked on the edges with white unbroken lines.On either side we passed lush green paddy fields, houses surrounded by small garden plots with coconut, mango, banana and fruit trees. A solitary young Buddhist priest walked briskly, the bright orange of his robes, matching the setting sun that ...

Sri Lanka. The Ultimate Island Safari Elephants at Minneriya, Sri Lanka. Feb.12 2014. Fleeing from Colombo and rushing off to watch elephants, leopards and generally loll among the peace and quiet of a wildlife sanctuary is one of the most desired getaways in Sri Lanka.  Leopard sightings are rare, and stories abound around the leopards and the lucky ones who managed to photograph them. Leopard at ...

Reflections & Refractions Reflections and Refractions by the river at  Katudampe temple, Ratgama, Sri Lanka 8 Feb 2014. Photograph© Chulie de Silva Know all things to be like this: a mirage, a cloud castle, a dream, an apparition, Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen. Know all things to be like this: As the moon in a bright  sky In some ...

The Proud Peacock It is said that at the time of creation of the universe, when the primordial poison was churned out of the Sea of Milk and transmuted into the amrita of immortality, it was a peacock that absorbed the negative effects. Thus the bird is thought of as a protector, though its flesh is consequently considered by some to be ...

Colours of Hikkaduwa # 2 Boats at Sunset. Hikkaduwa. 11 Jan 2012. Photograph© Chulie de Silva Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns ...

Mel Gunasekera – an eulogy Mel Gunasekera. Photographer Unknown By Rohan Samarajiva Feb 02, 2014  – On the morning of the first Sunday of February 2014 I felt as though the ground I stood on suddenly disappeared. I learned from a tweet that my friend and leading economic journalist Mel Gunasekera had been murdered in her home. How could this happen?She was in the ...

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