Seas of Suwandel Rice, Welioya, Sri Lanka

Fields of Suwandel Rice, Welioya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

One of several varieties of historic rice being reintroduced as speciality crops in marginal agricultural areas of Sri Lanka. To read more about Sri Lanka’s oldest export, read my piece, Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka, which ran in the March 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.

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    From Tank to Taxi

    Taxi Driver by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A former tank driver in the Sri Lanka Army’s Armoured Corps, Janaka Ravindra used twenty years of gratuity to buy a small car which he now operates on behalf of Über and Pickme. Shot at the Elvitigala Flats, where he lives, for The Connected Sri Lankan, a collaborative study by J Walter Thompson and TNS Kantar on how Sri Lankans engage with the internet. Colombo, September 2017.

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    The Connected Sri Lankan

    Cover of "The Connected Sri Lankan" by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Cover of The Connected Sri Lankan, a collaborative study with J Walter Thompson and TNS Kantar on how Sri Lankans engage with the internet.

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  • Broken Buddhas

    Broken Buddhas #1 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Broken Buddha statues in a small wayside shrine by the Noori Road, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Traditionally, damaged statues are not thrown away, but moved to a less visible area of a shrine where they may still share the reverence bestowed on their more whole brethren.

    For years a gang of criminals led by a local government minister, Anil Chinthaka, held a reign of terror over Noori, culminating in the brutal beating to death of the 70-year-old Noori Tea Estate superintendent, Nihal Perera. In 2017, eighteen of the accused gang members, including Anil Chintaka, were sentenced for the murder, returning Noori to its peaceful existence of producing lowland tea.

    My piece on Noori, Fiery Green Mountains and Shining Waters, ran in the January 2018 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Kiss Me Quick

    Toad, Ritigala Mountain, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Common Indian toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), Ritigala Mountain, Sri Lanka. December 2017.

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  • Sunrise Over Gal Koth Kanda and the Kandalama Tank #5

    Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #26

    Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #26 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Facing south from the ruins of King Kashyapa’s palace, with the northern foothills of the Central Highlands and the Kayanwala Tank visible in the distance. Built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya is a 200m high flat-topped rock on top of which is a ruined palace and gardens. Sigiriya, and the city below it functioned as the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom until Kashyapa’s death and the defeat of his army; after which the capital returned to Anuradhapura. Sigiriya became a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century, when it was abandoned. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the rock served for brief periods as an outpost of the Kandyan Kingdom before being abandoned again. In 1831, it was discovered by Maj Jonathan Forbes of the 78th Highlanders.

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  • Evening Over the Randeniya #2

    Kuragala #4

    Kuragala #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Kuragala Escarpment with, beyond it, the Udawalawe Basin. Kuragala is home to the ruins of a 2nd century BC Buddhist monastery and a more recent Sufi Muslim shrine. Shot from the Beragala Pass, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka. January 2017

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