And they all fall down This afternoon, the remaining residents of 34 watta in Wanathamulla had surprise visitors. Brigadier Samarasinghe who is the Project Director of the UDA’s Urban Regeneration Programme, accompanied by several other UDA officials, police and demolition equipment turned up at 34 watta and informed the residents of imminent evictions and the destruction of their homes. Most of the residents of ...

Coolest Ride in Town Epic Ride Couple of weeks ago I visited San Diego for a brief vacation. On one day I went to the San Diego Zoo, which had rather impressive reviews everywhere but was a bit disappointed as it was nowhere near good as  they claimed to be. The next day, we headed for the SeaWorld San Diego, and this time I ...

Mind Bending Bend Mind bending Bend In Sri Lanka there’s a place called ‘The 18 Bends’ and it is exactly that; the hillside roads has 18 mind bending… bends. And this is one of them, the 2nd or the 3rd, exactly which I’m not sure.Filed under: Nature, Outdoor Tagged: Bend, Landscape, Mountains, Sri Lanka

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 ...

Street art of Art Street Pics by Ravindra Dharmathilake If one takes Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, now called Nelum Pokuna Mawatha, to travel from Nelum Pokuna Theater towards National Art Gallery, the paintings displayed along the road cannot be missed. The exquisite paintings of realistic, wildlife, modern to integral styles as well as portraits grab the attention of passersby. Paintings on novel themes or revolutionary ...

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 ...

When jumbos trumpet on the canvas Vishi R Dharmasiriwardena says it’s hard for him to even hear about it. The wildlife and nature artist covered his ears when he was asked about what he thinks about the human elephant conflict and hakka patas, frequently on the news. “It is a very sad story. The elephant is a national treasure. An elephant in the wild is ...

“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 ...

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