Glimpses of the Fisher-Folk

From the central hills in Sri Lanka, we headed down to one of the coastal areas. We caught a glimpse of some fishermen at work as we travelled from Bentota to Galle.

Fishermen with boat and net

Fishermen

Interesting fishing basket by the shore – again, on the way to Galle.

Fishing Basket

Fishing Basket

Here, a team of fishermen are pulling their net in to shore.

Pulling in the nets

Pulling in the Catch

The final image is of a boat drawn up on the shore at Bentota Beach.

Boat at Bentota Beach

I was a little disappointed not to have visited an area where stilt fishermen work – that will have to wait for another time 🙂

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument – Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

My contribution to Monument, which is the WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge this week.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, has fascinated me since the first postage stamp was issued by Sri Lanka with the famous Sigiriya Frescoes. This year, I had the opportunity to visit and climb Sigiriya Rock.

Sigiriya Rock is the hardened magma plug left behind by an eroded, ancient volcano. But it is more than that. It is the site of an ancient fortress which was surrounded by landscaped gardens. The remnants of both the fortress and gardens can be seen, and the site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

1 Sigiriya Rock

The first image is thanks to my partner’s trusty Canon point-and-shoot, included here to give context to the images that follow.

2 Sigiriya Gardens-wm

3 Ancient Steps-wm

When we started our climb, the landscaped gardens were cool and almost magical in the morning light. We felt awed to think that the steps we climbed and the walls around us were, according to tradition, over 1600 years old.

4 Sigiriya Maidens 1-wm

5 Sigiriya Maidens 2-wm

Part-way up the steep face of the rock, in a protected area, I finally encountered the Sigiriya Frescoes or Maidens. Scholars are not in total agreement over who or what the Frescoes represent. Only 19 maidens now survive the original set of 500. Painted in the style known as “fresco lustro,” colours are still vibrant, and they have survived the ages and even a vandal attack in the last century.

6 Lion Staircase-wm

Further up the rock is what was originally the impressive formal entrance to the fortress – Lion Entrance. The head of the lion is now no longer, but the huge forepaws and steps remain.

7 At the top-wm

Finally a little bit of the view from the top. Sigiriya definitely does not disappoint.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigiriya

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/202

http://seelanka.net/sigiriya/sigiriya-rock-formation.html

Christmas Wishes!

As I reflect back on 2013 at this Christmastime, I am conscious of the importance of community. I am very thankful for the various communities that I am part of, and the mutual help and support that flows through those communities.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas, and may you have many significant, positive connections with community in 2014!

Community and Christmas

Christmas Wishes 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Now that the 52 Weeks Flickr challenge is over, I am on the look-out for another challenge that will keep me creating images. Someone pointed me in the direction of the Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress’ Daily Post. Last week’s was ‘Horizon’, and I am weighing in a little late (as often happens), with some images of the beautiful Port Willunga jetty ruins.

Jetty Ruins

Jetty ruins

Port Willunga used to be a grain port, but is now a popular tourist spot. The old jetty was destroyed in a storm in 1915 (I think). I love the way the jetty pylons form a contrast against the sea and sky, breaking up the horizon.

Slow-motion sea and Jetty Ruins

Slow-motion sea

We get some awesome sunsets in South Australia:

Sunset over jetty ruins

Sunset