A Ruddy Mongoose

A Ruddy Mongoose by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

A female ruddy mongoose in Ella, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. January 2016. The ruddy mongoose is endemic to Sri Lanka and India and inhabits hill forests. This one, however, was foraging on the lawn of the Grand Ella Motel, where it and its mate have been mildly domesticated by the staff who feed them.

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  • Banished to the Jungle

    Banished #2 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    The Kantamari Shrine, overlooking the Kuru Ganga Valley, below Batatotalena, Sri Lanka. In the 1980s, when the Batatotalena cave temple once more became a pilgrimage site for Buddhists, it was decided to exorcise a female demon named Kantamari from the cave she was believed to have occupied for over seven hundred years. During the exorcism, it was agreed that in exchange for her eviction, she would be provided with a shrine in the jungle below the cave. The shrine attracts worshippers too, but seemed forlorn and deserted on my visit, with a palpable air of eeriness, its crumbling balustrade holding back the encroaching jungle. The shrine was shot as part of my piece Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple, for the February 2016 issue of Serendib, Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine.

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  • White Throated Kingfisher, Waikkal, Sri Lanka

    White Throated Kingfisher, Waikkal, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A white-throated kingfisher sits on a branch overlooking a tributary of the Gin Oya. Shot for my piece Waterworld Waikkal in the December 2015 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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  • Southeast, Through the Ella Gap

    South Through the Ella Gap #3 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Evening over the plains between the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and the Yala National Park. January 2016.

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  • Face #76

    Face #76 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Ritigala, Sri Lanka, January 2016.

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  • The Banda Pokuna

    The Banda Pokuna, at Ritigala, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Ruins of the Banda Pokuna, a 4th Century BC reservoir built into the foothills of the Ritigala Ridge in north-central Sri Lanka. The ruins are part of a complex that includes a Buddhist monastery further up the mountain, and is inside the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve. February 2016.

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  • Mobbed

    Christmas party, SOS Children’s Village, Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. December 2015.

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  • Meditative Chores

    Morning Chores by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A Buddhist monk begins the day by sweeping the compound below the Batatotalena cave temple, close to Kuruwita, Sri Lanka. Shot for my piece, Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple, in the February 2016 issue of Serendib, Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine.

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  • The Buddha’s Final View of Adam’s Peak

    The view of Adam’s Peak from the slopes below the Batatotalena, where the Buddha is said to have rested after his descent from the famous mountain. In the foreground is the Kuru Ganga Valley, with Adam’s Peak on the horizon to the east. In the middle ground, the flat-topped mountain is the Kunudiyaparvathaya. For more photographs, and a description of this legendary cave, go to my piece Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple in the February 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.

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  • Waiting for the Morning Bus

    Waiting for the Morning Bus by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Ella-Passara Road, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka, January 2015.

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