Test Ride

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

Rami, a Syrian refugee, tries out his new bicycle on a country lane close to Simmern, in Germany. The bike is a gift from a local farmer. July 2016.

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  • The Horse Farm

    May #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Named for the month she was born, May is three months old. Hunsrück, Germany, summer 2016.

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  • Forget the Sun in His Jealous Sky

    Summer Fields by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Wheat fields in the Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Refuge

    Rami and Pepper by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Rami, a refugee from Syria, makes new friends on a farm close to Simmern, in the Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. July 2016.

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  • The Coming Storm

    The Coming Storm by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    SriLankan Airlines aircraft on a rainy morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport, north of Colombo. The troubled airline was close to bankruptcy this year, forcing the Sri Lankan government to consider selling the corporation, while injecting funds to keep it in the air. Katunayake, July 2016.

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  • Fresh Octopus, Colpetty Market, Sri Lanka

    Fresh Octopus, Colpetty Market, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Colpetty Market in Colombo is renowned for its quality seafood. This was shot for my story, Prevailing Against All Odds, which ran in the July 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Afternoon Off Sri Lanka

    Afternoon Off Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Sailing north from Pasikuda to Challativu Island, off the east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot as part of my story on yachting, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Mangosteen

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

    Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 2016.

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  • Morning Angler, Waikkal, Sri Lanka

    Morning Angler, Waikkal, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The many breakwaters that protect this beautiful piece of coastline, just north of Colombo, also provide convenient perches from which to cast into deeper waters. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka, the country’s premier travel magazine. My story, Waterworld Waikkal, ran in the December 2015 issue.

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  • Not Even the Gods can Prevent Dengue

    Not Even the Gods can Stop Dengi by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A sign at the Sumana Saman Devalaya in Deraniyagala, warns devotees not to offer king coconut to the gods as the empty coconut shells eventually fill with rainwater and become breeding spots for dengue-carrying mosquitoes. Dengue viral fever has been somewhat of an epidemic in Sri Lanka in recent years. February 2016.

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  • The Moon and a Lion

    The Moon and a Flag, Vakarai, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The full moon sets over the coast of Vakarai, in eastern Sri Lanka. Shot from the deck of the sailing yacht, Jade, on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue as the cover feature.

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  • Roadside Durian, Havelock Town, Colombo

    Roadside Durian by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    ‘Tis the season. Also for rambutan and mangosteen. Sri Lanka, July 2016.

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  • 2nd Cross Street, Pettah

    2nd Cross Street, Pettah (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A Borah businessman chats with a Tamil street vendor, the latter washing his handcart for a day of selling streetfood in the Pettah, one of the oldest parts of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo. The name comes from a shortened and Anglicised version of Pita Kotuwa, or “outer fort”. It is largely a Tamil-speaking neighbourhood in a Sinhalese-majority country, Tamil being common to both the Muslim Moors and the Tamils who live and run many of the businesses in the Pettah. The striking striped building is the Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid, more commonly known as the Red Mosque. Built in 1908, for much of the first part of that century it was an identifying landmark for ships approaching the Colombo Harbour, until more recent high-rise buildings obscured it. April, 2016.

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  • Jade, Off Pasikudah Beach, Sri Lanka

    Jade, Off Pasikuda Beach, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot as part of the story, Racing Before the Wind, for the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Fire

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

    A basket of capsicum chilli peppers await sorting at the Colpetty Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story about this urban landmark, Prevailing Against All Odds, appeared in the July 2016 issue.

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  • Fish Mongers, Colpetty Market, Sri Lanka

    Fish Mongers, Colpetty Market, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “Built in the late 1970s, shortly after Sri Lanka’s abandonment of its experiment with Socialism, the Colpetty Market seemed to epitomise the access that the new open economy was according its citizens. The market quickly gained a reputation as the place to go for the best goodies from all over the world. It’s a reputation that has now largely faded, but for the explorer, the market still offers some surprises…”

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on the Colpetty Market, Prevailing Against All Odds, aran in the July 2016 issue.

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  • Lunch at Sea

    Grilled Chicken, Baked Potatoes, and Salad by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Perhaps the best grilled chicken I’ve tasted, baked potatoes, and coleslaw salad, on board the sailing yacht Jade, off the east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Holy Row

    Worship Row by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Devotees walk along a row of lesser shrines outside the Mahiyanganaya Maha Saman Devalaya, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My story, In the Shadow of the Mountain of a God, appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Snorkelling Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #2

    Snorkelling Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A snorkeler looks around to get his bearings on the reefs around Challativu Island, off the coast of Vakarai. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Prayer

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

    Devotee at a Hindu and Buddhist shrine in Deraniyagala, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My story, In the Shadow of the Mountain of a God, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Afternoon on Mt Lavinia Beach, Sri Lanka

    Afternoon on Mt Lavinia Beach, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Colombo’s sand street. June 2016.

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  • Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka

    Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Built by President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1989, as a replica of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, it’s architecture mimics that of Hindu kovils, but with Buddhist themes represented in the intricate carvings. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My piece, The Temple of War, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Jade at Sunrise, Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka

    Jade at Dawn, Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on yacting, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Quiet Study

    Quiet Study by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Friday morning at the Red Mosque, Colombo. Sri Lanka, April 2016.

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  • Challativu Island, Sri Lanka

    Challativu Island, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Crystal clear waters off the east coast of Sri Lanka are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on yachting, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Sweet and Fruit Stalls, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka

    Sweet Shops, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shacks and stalls like this line both sides of the road leading to the Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya and Maha Saman Devalaya, two of the oldest worship sites in the country. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip story, The Temple of War, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Face #82

    Face #82 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Colombo, Sri Lanka. May 2016.

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  • Jade at Dusk, Off Vakarai, Sri Lanka

    Jade, Off Vakarai, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Jade is a 16m seagoing catamaran with a crew of three, capable of carrying eight passengers in four cabins. I took her small rubber dinghy out after sunset to shoot this photograph of her anchored for the night off the east coast of Sri Lanka; as part of my story, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Rotti and a Plain Tea

    Rotti and a Plain Tea by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Hot, sweet, ginger-infused Sri Lankan tea to wash down the spicy lunu miris (an onion and chilli relish) that accompanies rotti bought from a roadside shack by the Kimbulwana Oya. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka, the country’s oldest running travel magazine. My story, The Road to Ritigala, appeared in the March 2016 issue.

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  • Sails in the Blue

    Sails in the Blue #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Jade’s mast and mainsail, the latter made in Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on yachting, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Sails in the Blue #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Mainsail and jib.

    Sails in the Blue #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Sails in the Blue by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The mainsail being raised.

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  • Exploring the Ritigala Ruins

    Ritigala Ruins #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Ritigala Ruins are the remains of a reservoir, a Buddhist monastery, and a hospital, built between the 4th century BC, and the 9th century AD, linked by an elegant walkway that climbs the jungle-covered flanks of Ritigala Mountain, the highest point in northern Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • A Rising and Setting

    The Moon Sets Over Vakarai, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Jade, at dawn, as the moon sets over Vakarai, Sri Lanka, and the sun rises behind me. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. Racing Before the Wind, my story on yachting, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Pilgrims #2

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

    A Cambodian monk visits the Miyaguna Seya, in Mahiyanganaya, believed to be Sri Lanka’s oldest stupa, built in 528 BC to enshrine several hairs of the Buddha. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka, as part of my road trip story, The Temple of War, which appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Country Boys in the Big City

    Salesmen in the City by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Young salesmen take a break from selling magazine subscriptions in the 32˚C heat of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo. The heat is particularly harsh on these two first-jobbers who both come from the small mountain town of Badulla, in the Central Highlands. Sri Lanka, March 2015.

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  • The Batatotalena Cave Mouth

    Entrance to Batatotalena Cave Temple, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Batatota Lena (or cave) in the foothills below Adam’s Peak, is one of the sixteen Solamasthana, Buddhism’s holiest sites in Sri Lanka, and one of the places believed to have been personally visited by the Buddha, who rested in the cave after descending from the mountain. The cave contains a temple and ancient wall paintings and carvings, some over two-thousand years old. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my piece Mysteries in the Jungle, which ran in the February 2016 issue.

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  • Summer Dessert

    Yoghurt, Fresh Fruit, and Chocolate Shavings #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Yoghurt, banana, pomegranate, and chocolate shavings. Shot for Racing Before the Wind, which appeared in the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Returning with the Sun

    Fisherman in the Morning, Vakarai, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A fisherman paddles his outrigger canoe back to Vakarai at sunrise after a night of fishing off the east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of Racing Before the Wind, my article on yachting, which ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Flushing Away the World

    Ancient Urinal by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Ancient carved stone urinal in the ruins of a Buddhist monastery that are over a thousand years old. While the ruins on Ritigala Mountain in north-central Sri Lanka are ascetic and mostly undecorated, these urinals are intricately carved, and traces of bright colours remain. It is thought that the adornments on these fixtures were meant to represent worldly cares; and the monastic monks were encouraged to reject these desires and things by symbolically urinating on them. In addition to the monastery, Ritigala Ruins consist of a reservoir and a hospital, all of which are dated to a period between the 4th century BC and the 9th century AD, sprawling up the side of Ritigala Mountain, the highest peak in northern Sri Lanka. The ruins are linked by an elegant stone walkway that winds up the jungle-covered slopes. Sri Lanka, January 2016.

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  • Paddle-Boarding Off Elephant Rock, Sri Lanka

    Paddle Boarding Off Elephant Rock, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A paddle-boarder crosses Thennadi Bay, Kayankerni, on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The 7m high Elephant Rock, close to Clarke Point, is also a superb spot for snorkelling. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of Racing Before the Wind, my article on yachting, which ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Afternoon at the Seaside

    Afternoon at the Seaside by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Pasikudah Bay, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of Racing Before the Wind, which appeared in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Face #85

    Face #85a by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

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    Face #85d by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Colombo, Sri Lanka. October 2015.

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  • Pomegranate for Breakfast

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

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Jade at Sunset, Off Vakarai, Sri Lanka

    Jade, Off Vakarai, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My piece, Racing Before the Wind, appeared in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Racing Before the Wind

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    Jade rode the gentle swells of Pasikudah Bay like a low, sleek marine bird, waiting for the signal to take flight. The long white twin-hulls of the catamaran barely caused a ripple as she nosed into a sea that had that exceptional shade of azure rarely seen on the west coast of the island. A small semi-rigid inflatable boat detached itself from Jade, and I walked out across the hot sand and into the surf, sighing with pleasure at the cool relief. The tears of Mary Magdalene on Jesus’ feet could not have felt better…

    My third cover feature for the year fronts the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. The article is Racing Before the Wind, so follow the link, or pick up a mag if you’re flying in June, to see more pictures and read more about yachting off the east coast of Sri Lanka.

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  • Sky Glass

    Sun Glass by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Nagadeepa Maha Weva, or Great Nagadeepa Reservoir, was built in 1968 to irrigate areas south of Mahiyanganaya. Shot in eastern Sri Lanka on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My piece, The Temple of War, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Saman Devalaya, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

    Saparagamu Maha Saman Devalaya #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Saparagamu Maha Saman Devalaya, in Ratnapura, is one of the oldest Buddhist worship sites in Sri Lanka. Built by Aryakamadeva in 1270, it was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1618, and rebuilt by King Rajasinghe II in 1661. The site’s history, however, goes back to 137 BC, when records mention monks from this temple being invited to the opening ceremony of the Ruwanweliseya in Anuradhapura. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My piece, In the Shadow of the Mountain of a God, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Colourful Gintupitiya

    Colourful Gintupitiya by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Gintupitiya Street, in the Kotahena area of Colombo, Sri Lanka. April 2016.

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  • “Surely the Morning Recitation is Witnessed”*

    Late Morning Prayer by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A lone Muslim prays on a Friday morning in the Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid on 2nd Cross Street, in the old Colombo area of Pettah. Designed by Saibo Lebbe in the Indo-Saracenic style, and built in 1908, the Red Mosque, as it is more commonly known, has been an enduring landmark of the city. Each of the four main pillars is hewn from a complete teak tree brought to Colombo from Puttalam. Sri Lanka, April 2016.

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  • *From the Quran’s Chapter 17, the Sūrat Al-Isrā (The Night Journey), Verse 78

    Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #9

    Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #9 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Main shrine room of the Ammaduwa Kataragama temple, close to Rakwana, in Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My article, Secluded Peace, ran in the May 2016 issue.

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  • Military Traffic

    Military Traffic by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Military policeman on traffic duty at the funeral of Maj Gen Gratiaen Silva, Borella General Cemetery, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Poppy Sunday, November 2015.

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  • මට ඇති වස්තුව මට ඇති සම්පත…*

    The Treasure of a Murdered King by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    *From the song, වස්තුව ඉල්ලන (Wasthuwa Illana), by Anton Rodrigo, which tells the story of King Dhathusena and his son, Kashyapa, who killed him in 473 AD. Imprisoned by Kashyapa, and tortured to reveal his hidden treasure, King Dhathusena eventually points to the Kala Wewa, the great reservoir he had built, and said (as quoted in the song), “මට ඇති වස්තුව මට ඇති සම්පත මේ නිල් දිය කද වන්නේ” (“My wealth, my treasure, is this blue water”). He then went on to ask his son to have his body buried in the reservoir bund when he died. Legend has it that the enraged Kashyapa then walled King Dhathusena, still living, into the bund. This photograph of the Kala Wewa was shot from that bund. Oddly, as I crouched at the water’s edge, the stench of death was heavy; no doubt the body of some drowned creature washed up nearby; but the strong smell and the thought of a murdered king walled into the bund behind me gave the approaching dusk a melancholy all its own. Sri Lanka, April 2016.

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  • Jungle Stream, Kuru Ganga Valley, Sri Lanka

    Jungle Stream, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my piece, The Cave in the Jungle, which ran in the March 2016 issue.

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  • Wolf’s Head Tree

    Ritigala Mountain, Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Morning on Central Road, Trincomalee

    Bulath Break

    Gintupitiya Street (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A pedestrian pauses at the entrance to the Ramlal Maharajah Dharma Chatram on Gintupitiya Street in Colombo to put together a mouthful of betel leaf. April 2016.

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  • Pavivekam

    Batadombalena #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “…Apply yourself to solitude. One who does so will see things as they are.”
    — The Buddha, as quoted in the Samyutta Nikàya

    Interior of a Buddhist hermitage, probably built in the 1960s by walling in one of the smaller Batadombalena caves. These caves in the jungled mountains close to where the Kuru Ganga Valley opens onto the Delgamuwa Plain were once home to Balangoda Man, a prehistoric human, who inhabited these rainforests 16,000 years ago; long before Buddhism arrived in Sri Lanka. The caves have been unfortunately vandalised by recent visitors; the walls covered with graffiti, and garbage left behind on the floor and outside. To read more about these caves and Balangoda Man see my photo piece, The Cave in the Jungle, in the March 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.

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  • The Temple of War #6

    The Temple of War #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A devotee prayerfully circles the stupa of the Nagadeepa Viharaya, close to Mahiyanganaya, in eastern Sri Lanka. The stupa is believed to date to the 2nd century BC, when it was built by King Dutugemunu of Anuradhapura in gratitude for his victory over the Chola king, Elara. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Jungle Pool

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

    Ritigala Mountain, Sri Lanka. January 2016. The area around this mountain is a strict nature reserve, into which visitors are not allowed without special permission. The only parts of the reserve open to the public are the Ritigala Ruins, some way up the mountainside.

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  • Clappenburg Bay, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

    The Sea Anglers

    One of the most inviting swimming spots in the country, now unfortunately too dangerous because of the the threat of crocodiles. Shot from what was once the old Sea Anglers’ Club, now known as the Eagles Bay View under Sri Lanka Air Force management. April 2016.

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  • Fields of Gold

    A Field of Maa Wee Rice, Chilaw, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the colour of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat.”
    — Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
    The Little Prince

    A paddy field of maa wee, a variant of historic Sri Lankan rice, famous for its distinctively tall stalks which can reach six feet in height. Shot in Chillaw, on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. To find out how this rice is being reintroduced to the island after a century of absence, read my article, Heirlooms Unforgotten, in the March 2016 issue.

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  • The Modern Travel Photographer

    Girl with a Camera by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Pasikuda, Sri Lanka. April 2016.

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  • The Kiss

    The Ammaduwa Devalaya #2

    Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The remote and beautiful Ammaduwa Kataragama temple, built during the 14th century Kotte Period, close to Godakawela, in the Ratnapura District of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My piece, Secluded Peace, ran in the May 2016 issue.

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  • The Red Mosque

    The Red Mosque, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Designed by Saibo Lebbe in the Indo-Saracenic style, and built in 1908, the Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid on 2nd Cross Street, in the old Colombo area of Pettah, has been an enduring landmark of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital. April 2016.

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  • Water Gate

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

    The sluice gates of the Rantembe Dam, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The dam was completed in 1990, one of three such on the upper Mahaweli River. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War, appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Temple Gate

    The New Kathiresan Kovil, Colombo, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The entrance to the New Kathiresan Kovil, on Sea Street, in the old Colombo area of Kochichikade. April 2016.

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  • Offerings for Sale

    Offerings for Sale, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A woman sells flowers to be used as offerings outside the Mahiyanganaya Raja Maha Viharaya. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My piece, The Temple of War appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Vedda Holy Men

    Veddha Holy Men, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Veddas sell medicinal oils and charms outside the Mahiyangana Maha Saman Devalaya. Dambana, the heartland of the Aboriginal Veddas of Sri Lanka, lies just to the northeast of Mahiyanganaya, on the edge of the Maduru Oya National Park. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My piece, The Temple of War, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • The Great Mirror

    The Great Mirror by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Nagadeepa Maha Weva, or Great Nagadeepa Reservoir, was built in 1968 to irrigate areas south of Mahiyanganaya. Shot in eastern Sri Lanka, on assignment for “Explore Sri Lanka” magazine. My piece, The Temple of War, ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Cleanliness Before Godliness

    Cleanliness Before Godliness by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A Muslim washes before Friday morning prayers at the Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid, more commonly known as the Red Mosque, on 2nd Cross Street, in the Pettah area of Colombo, Sri Lanka. April 2016.

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  • Higgashena in the Afternoon, Sri Lanka

    Ramlal Maharajah Dharma Chatram #2

    Ramlal Maharajah Dharma Chatram #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Ramlal Maharajah Dharma Chatram was built in 1813 to accommodate devotees visiting the Sri Sivaraja Vinayagar Swamy Kovil on Gintupitiya Street in the old part of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Some famous devotees who have stayed here include Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, and the King of Nepal. Today, in April 2016, most of the historic buildings beyond the gate have been replaced by more recent constructions.

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  • Eastern Great Egret, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka

    Stork, Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    March 2016.

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  • The New Year Begins

    Start of the Buddhist & Hindu New Year by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A traditional Sri Lankan oil lamp made of brass, or sometimes copper, is lit to celebrate the beginning of the Buddhist and Hindu new year. April 2016.

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  • The Floor

    Jungle Floor, Kuru Ganga Valley, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The rain forest floor, Kuru Ganga Valley, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My piece, The Cave in the Jungle ran in the March 2016 issue.

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  • Rice Farmers, Welioya, Sri Lanka

    Portrait of a Rice Farmer, Welioya, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Farmers return from their fields. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My article, Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka, was the cover story for March 2016.

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  • The Temple of War #3

    The Temple of War #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Nagadeepa Viharaya, close to Mahiyanganaya, in eastern Sri Lanka. The stupa is believed to date to the 2nd century BC, when it was built by King Dutugemunu of Anuradhapura, in gratitude for his victory over the Chola king, Elara. To the left of the stupa, is a small shrine built in 2009 by President Mahinda Rajapakse in gratitude for his victory over the Tamil Tigers. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War: the Road to Andaulpotha and the Other Nagadeepa, appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Morning Over the Victoria (b/w)

    Morning Over the Victoria (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Victoria Reservoir from the Teldeniya Rest House. Central Highlands, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. This government rest house offers basic accommodation and hearty local food, coupled with a view that I have never tired of in the twenty years I have been visiting this spot. This photograph was shot as part of a road trip piece, The Temple of War: the Road to Andaulpotha and the Other Nagadeepa, that appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Pork Chops

    Pork Chops by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Lunch at the Albatross Boutique Hotel, Digana, Sri Lanka. March 2016.

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  • Banker Turned Priest

    Father Shansana Wasala, the parish priest of St Anthony’s, Wahakotte, who worked for Seylan Bank before taking to the priesthood. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My piece on this historical church, St Anthony’s Wahakotte: a Missionary Bastion, appeared in the November 2015 issue.

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  • Kiribath

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

    Traditional Sri Lankan kiribath, or milk rice, made with white suwandel and red kuruluthuda varieties, and served with its typical accompaniment, lunu miris, a spicy onion relish. This was shot for my article Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka, which appeared in the March 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

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  • Attachments are the Substance of Humanity

    Attachments are the Substance of Humanity by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Cambodian Buddhist monks visit the Miyaguna Seya in Mahiyanganaya, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My piece, The Temple of War: the Road to Andaulpotha and the Other Nagadeepa, appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • The Victoria in the Afternoon #4

    The Victoria in the Afternoon #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Victoria Reservoir with, at the far end of the valley, its dam. The Victoria Dam was completed in April 1985 to stem the Mahaweli, Sri Lanka’s longest river. Beyond the dam is the Rantembe Reserve. Shot from Digana, east of Kandy, for my piece The Temple of War: the Road to Andaulpotha and the Other Nagadeepa, which appeared in the April 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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  • Portrait of a Rice Farmer, Welioya, Sri Lanka #2

    Portrait of a Rice Farmer, Welioya, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My article Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka appeared in the March 2016 issue.

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  • On the Trail of Balangoda Man

    On the Trail of Balangoda Man by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Returning from the first and abortive trek to Batadombalena, the cave close to Kuruwita, where several skeletons of a Pleistocene period hominid were excavated. It took a second attempt a month later to find our way through the dense rain forest to the cave. To see more photographs of Batadombalena, and read about this fascinating prehistoric Sri Lankan, check out my article, The Cave in the Jungle: Visiting Batadombalena, the Home of Balangoda Man, in the March 2016 issue of Serendib, Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine.

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  • Ritigala Ruins #6

    Ritigala Ruins #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Ritigala Ruins are the remains of a reservoir, a Buddhist monastery, and a hospital, built between the 4th century BC, and the 9th century AD, linked by an elegant walkway that climbs through the jungle-covered flanks of Ritigala Mountain, the highest point in northern Sri Lanka.

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  • Face #77

    Face #77 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Digana, Sri Lanka. March 2016.

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  • Ahetugaswewa, Welioya, Sri Lanka

    Ahetugaswewa, Welioya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    One of several reservoirs irrigating the rice fields of Welioya, in northeastern Sri Lanka. This was shot for my article Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka, which appeared in Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

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  • Heart of Darkness

    Back to the Rain Forest by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    We are just returning to the dark Pleistocene jungles we once lived in, thousands of years ago. Remains of Balangoda Man, a prehistoric hominid, found in the Batadombalena cave, close to Kuruwita, in Sri Lanka, suggest that humans colonised the rain forest as early as 45,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years before it was originally estimated. This was shot on location as part of my article The Cave in the Jungle: Visiting Batadombalena, the Home of Balangoda Man, in the March 2016 issue of Serendib, Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine. Follow the link to read about how the discovery of Balangoda Man and his tools changed opinion on prehistoric man.

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  • Duty Calls

    Duty Calls by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A Civil Defence Force sentry at the Ruwanwelisaya, a 2nd century BC shrine, in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. With the end of the civil war in 2009, security has relaxed visibly in public areas. In 1985, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist group fighting for a separate state attacked the Sri Maha Bodhi, a kilometre away, one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. A hundred and forty-six men, women, and children were killed at the shrine and in the surrounding countryside that day.

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  • Morning Gathering

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

    Farmers meet in the middle of their paddy fields to discuss the harvest, Ahetugaswewa, Welioya, Sri Lanka. This was shot for my article, Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka which appeared in the March 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

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  • Portrait of a Rice Farmer

    Portrait of a Rice Farmer, Welioya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    This was shot for my piece, Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka, which was the cover feature of the march 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. Follow the link to read about Sri Lanka’s oldest recorded export, over 2,500 years ago, and see pictures of its return to our fields and dining rooms.

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  • Dawn Over Paddy Fields, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka

    Dawn Over the Paddy Fields, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    This was shot on assignment for the March 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, as part of my piece Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka.

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  • The Morning Rocket

    The Morning Rocket by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Slow-drip Chilean coffee, chilled, 50ml Sri Lankan arrack, ice, sugar, mixed in a cocktail shaker. Good morning, everybody.

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  • Ritigala Ruins #3

    Ritigala Ruins #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Ritigala Ruins are the remains of a reservoir, a Buddhist monastery, and a hospital, built between the 4th century BC, and the 9th century AD, linked by an elegant walkway that climbs through the jungle-covered flanks of Ritigala Mountain, the highest point in northern Sri Lanka. March 2016.

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  • Jungle Veins

    Jungle Veins by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A stream flows through the rainforest below Batadombalena. This was shot for my photo-article, The Cave in the Jungle: Visiting Batadombalena, the Home of Balangoda Man, in the March 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

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  • Doric House

    Doric House by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    The ruin of a Doric-style bungalow built in 1804 as a residence of Sir Frederick North, the then British governor of Ceylon. The house sits on the northwest coast of Sri Lanka, south of Mannar, and offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Mannar. Sadly, sea winds and erosion are steadily working on the fundations and walls, and what little is left will soon be gone. Additionally, the place is polluted with empty bottles and other garbage.

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  • Evening Over the Ella Gap

    Evening Over the Ella Gap, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Central Highlands, Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • The Temple of War

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

    Nagadeepa Viharaya, Uraniya, Sri Lanka. March 2016.

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  • The Road to Ritigala

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    My photo-article, The Road to Ritigala, appeared in the March 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka, the country’s oldest tourism magazine. For pictures and an account of this road trip, follow the link.

    The School Run

    The School Run, Ganewalpola, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A11 Highway, Ganewalpola, Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • The Cave in the Jungle: Visiting Batadombalena, the Home of Balangoda Man

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    I had two articles in the March 2016 Serendib mag, the cover feature was on heritage rice, and this second one on Batadombalena, the cave close to Kuruwita, in Sri Lanka, where several skeletons of Balangoda Man were found. Examination of these remains last year have changed opinion on the movements of prehistoric humans. Follow the link to read all about it, and see more pictures.

    The Dying of the Light

    Last Light at Habarana, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Habarana Lake, Sri Lanka. February 2016.

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  • Walking in the Holy City

    Walking in the Holy City by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. February 2016.

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  • Serendib Cover Shot, March 2016

    Serendib Cover Shot, March 2016 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Made it to the cover of Serendib again, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, with my piece Heirlooms Unforgotten: the Heritage Rice of Sri Lanka. The shot shows four varieties of uncooked heritage rice (clockwise from top left): suwandel, pachchaperumal, kaluheeneti, and kuruluthuda. To find out more about the rice that was Sri Lanka’s first export, over 2,000 years ago, read about its return to the paddy fields and dining tables of our country, and see more pictures, follow the link.

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  • The Ruwanwelisaya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

    The Ruwanwelisaya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Built by King Dutugemunu, the Ruwanwelisaya was completed shortly after his death in 137 BC. The central stupa was one of the tallest monuments of the ancient world, standing at 103m; taller than the Taj Mahal, and more than twice the height of the Colosseum. At the time of its original construction, however, it was probably half that height, being added to by successive kings. Its circumference is 290m. February 2016.

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  • Living in the Pink

    Living in the Pink by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Mannar Island, Sri Lanka, February 2016.

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  • Pork Biryani

    Pork Biryani by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    An awesome twist on the traditional biryani, which is usually chicken or mutton, at the Milano Rest in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. February 2016.

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  • Shake Off the Dust of Your Feet

    Shake Off the Dust of Your Feet by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A dusty traveller washes his sandals in the Modergam Aru after riding his motorcycle along the only road south from Mannar, a dirt track through the Wilpattu National Park. The Modergam Aru forms the southern border of Wilpattu, Sri Lanka’s largest nature reserve. February 2016.

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  • Friday Fish Market

    Chore of Devotion

    Chore of Devotion by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A devotee sweeps the base of the Ruwanwelisaya in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Built in the 2nd century BC, the stupa is 290m in circumference at its base. February 2016.

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  • A Bell and a Mountain

    A Bell and a Mountain by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Batatotalena, close to Adam’s Peak (visible on the horizon), is said to be one of the sixteen solamasthana, the places the Buddha visited during his travels across Sri Lanka. While the other fifteen have been identified, the site of the Divaguhawa or Daylight Cave, where the Buddha rested after his descent from Adam’s peak, remains in doubt, though Batatotalena is believed to be the place.

    The bell at Batatotalena has a twin at the summit of Adam’s Peak, and it is said that when the wind blows in the right direction in the predawn quiet, the sound of that distant bell being rung by pilgrims at the top of the mountain can be heard faintly as far as this cave.

    This was shot as part of my piece, Mysteries in the Jungle: the Batatotalena Cave Temple which appeared in the February 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

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  • Siyalu Sathwayo Niduk Wethwa*

    Siyalu Sathwayo Niduk Wethwa* by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    *”May all living beings be happy”. Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. February 2016.

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  • Nature Harnessed

    Nature Harnessed by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    The Yodha Weva or Giant’s Tank, at Adaikkalamoddai, southeast of Mannar, in northern Sri Lanka, is aptly named, measuring 45.5 square kilometres. Like almost all of Sri Lanka’s large inland water bodies, it is artificial, built by King Dhatusena, between 459 ad 477 AD, to irrigate the arid land of the western Wanni, by damming the Malwatu Oya. Fallen into disrepair during the Sri Lankan civil war that ended in 2009, the reservoir has now been rebuilt and is instrumental in turning the Mannar District back into the rice bowl it once was. February 2016.

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  • Natural Irrigation

    Dawn Over the Baduluoya Valley, Sri Lanka #5 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A waterfall irrigates vegetable fields in the Baduluoya Valley, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka, January 2016.

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  • 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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  • “Dress for the Job You Want to Have,” They Said

    Rainy Dawn, Namunukula, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Rainy dawn in Namunukula, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Dark Reflection

    The Dark Reflection by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Early evening over the foothills south of the Central Highlands, as seen through the Ella Gap, Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Nine Arch Bridge

    Nine Arch Bridge, Ella, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Spanning a steep-sided valley between Ella and Demodara, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, the 99-ft Nine Arch Bridge was completed in 1921. Built entirely of stone, it has no steel or iron anywhere in its structure. January 2016.

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  • Blood on the Tracks #2

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

    Flame-of-the-forest trees, Demodara, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Dawn Over the Baduluoya Valley, Sri Lanka #4

    Dawn Over the Baduluoya Valley, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Highland forests in the Baduluoya Valley, Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • In the Door

    In the Door by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    On the Colombo-Badulla train, somewhere between Ella and Demodara, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Anglers, Waikkal, Sri Lanka

    Anglers, Waikkal, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A morning cast off a breakwater. Shot for my piece, Waterworld Waikkal, in the December 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka.

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  • The Way Down

    The Way Down by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Grand Ella Motel, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka, January 2016.

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  • Secluded Bay

    Secluded Bay, Waikkal, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Morning over Waikkal, Sri Lanka. Shot for my piece, Waterworld Waikkal, in the December 2015 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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  • Sinha-Le

    Sinha Le by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    New Year at Ella Resthouse, Sri Lankan Central Highlands, January 2015.

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  • Family Holidays

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

    On the Badulla train, somewhere between Ella and Demodara, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Family Holidays #3 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    At Demodara station.

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  • River Ferry

    River Ferry by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Tourists are ferried across the Gin Oya to a hotel in Waikkal, Sri Lanka. Shot for my piece Waterworld Waikkal, in the December 2015 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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  • End of the New Year

    Sunset over the Baduluoya Valley, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Evening over Nawalagama and the Baduluoya Valley, as seen from the Ella-Passara Road. New Year’s Day, 2016.

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  • Barrier Gate

    Rusting Barrier by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A derelict anicut designed to keep salty seawater out of the Gin Oya river system, now serves as nothing more than a barrier to river traffic, its gates rusted shut. Shot in Waikkal, on the western coast of Sri Lanka, for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. For the full piece and more photographs go to Waterworld Waikkal.

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  • Tight Fit by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    The immobilised gates of the anicut still allow squeezing space for small boats.

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  • Dawn Tracks

    Dawn Tracks #3 by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    First light over the Baduluoya Valley, close to Balleketuwa, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. January 2016.

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  • Girl on the Edge

    Girl on the Edge by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Kantamari shrine, Batatota, Sri Lanka. December 2015.

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  • Starting with the Cover

    Serendib Cover Shot by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Made it to the cover of Sri Lankan Airlines’ inflight magazine this month with my shot of a Dutch period traders’ building in the Court Square of the Galle Fort. To see more pictures and a history of this breathtaking UNESCO heritage site, see my feature Climbing the Walls in the January 2016 issue of Serendib. Or pick up the actual mag when you fly Sri Lankan this month.

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  • Sudden Brightness

    Piliyandala, Sri Lanka, December 2015.

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  • Happiness Burns

    Happiness Burns by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Deserted beaches are almost impossible to find anywhere on the western or southwestern coasts of Sri Lanka, especially during the Christmas holidays. Fortunately, if you know where to go, you can leave the crowds far behind. Waikkal, December 2015.

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  • Waiting for Beakfast

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

    An eastern great egret; shot in the wetlands of Waikkal, on the western coast of Sri Lanka, for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. For more pictures of this fascinating place go to Waterworld Waikkal.

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  • While the Teacher is Away

    Schoolboys, Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. December 2015.

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  • The Fruits of Victory

    The Fruits of Victory by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    A labourer working on a Colombo street wears a campaign T-shirt of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. The January elections brought about a more inclusive form of democracy in Sri Lanka; but almost one year later, the lives of many remain unchanged by the change in government.

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  • The Gods of Sun and Rain do Battle

    The Gods of Sun and Rain do Battle by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Sunset at Waikkal, Sri Lanka. Shot for Waterworld Waikkal, in the December 2015 issue of Explore Sri Lanka.

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  • Surveying the Damage

    Father Shansana inspects repairs to a stained glass window damaged by a storm. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine, at St Anthony’s, Wahakotte, in the Matale District of Sri Lanka. For more pictures of St Anthony’s, and a history of this unique community, go to: St Anthony’s, Wahakotte: a Missionary’s Bastion.

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  • Ripples from Africa

    Ripples from Africa, Waikkal, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light  on 500px.com

    Long low combers come in across the Indian Ocean to Waikkal, on the western coast of Sri Lanka. Shot for the December issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine. For more pictures of Waikkal, go to Waterworld Waikkal.

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