Greater Cormorant, Bentara River, Sri Lanka

Greater Cormorant, Bentara River, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines as part of my story, Eternal Bentota, which ran in the November 2016 issue.

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  • Afternoon Light on Water

    The Modergam Aru in the Afternoon Sun (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Modergam Aru, in northwestern Sri Lanka, forms the southern boundary of the Wilpattu Ntional Park, the country’s largest nature reserve. February 2016.

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  • Triple-Headed Mountain

    A26 Highway by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Thunhis Gala (literally, the Three-Headed Rock), part of the Knuckles Mountain Range, towers over the A26 Highway that drops 600m down the eastern face of the Central Highlands, from Digana to the flatlands around Mahiyanganaya. The highway, which includes the hair-raising Dhaha Ata Wanguwa (Eighteen Bends), is one of the best driving roads in Sri Lanka. Leave Digana as early as you dare and beat the traffic. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine, as part of my road trip piece, The Temple of War, which appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Drum Makers at Work, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan Drum Makers, Battaramulla #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Nimal Wickramasiri, a master drum maker, from a long line of traditional Sri Lankan drum makers, at work with his apprentices, in his workshop in Battaramulla, close to Sri Lanka’s administrative capital, Kotte. Three stages in the making of a drum can be seen in this photograph. The woman in the foreground is stripping lengths of heavy-duty rawhide which will be used as cords on drums similar to the one Nimal is stringing in the background. The other apprentice is smoothening the ends of a wooden geta bera body to receive the leather drumheads. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, A Beat of the Ages, which appears in the December 2016 issue.

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  • The Colombo Port in the Morning (b/w)

    Colombo Port in the Morning (B/W) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Colombo docks, with the Ports Authority building in the foreground, shot from the Harbour Room of the Grand Oriental Hotel, Sri Lanka. September 2016.

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  • Rhythmic Work

    Sri Lankan Drum Makers, Battaramulla #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “The hands and fingers seemed to work to an inner beat, to a pulse, only the drum-maker himself could hear. As wood was smoothed, leather cords tightened, and cowhide stretched, they would be periodically tested, plucked, tapped, thrummed by the fingers, searching for a quality defined by sound…”

    In Battaramulla, a master drum maker stretches and ties layers of animal hide to form the drumhead of a Yak bera, a traditional Sri Lankan drum. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, A Beat of the Ages, runs in the December 2016 issue.

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  • Drummer, Alawala, Sri Lanka

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

    “…He tries out various beats with his palms, his fingers, and the kadippuwa – a drumstick – the sound is almost hair raising, like the heartbeat of Lanka, racing and slowing and then racing again, unbroken through the ages.”

    A drum maker tunes a freshly made dawula, a traditional Sri Lankan drum. Next to him stands his own well-used geta bera, as well as several tabla bodies awaiting varnishing and finishing. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on traditional drum making, A Beat of the Ages, appears in the December 2016 issue. Check it out when you fly SriLankan this month, or follow the link.

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  • The Temple of War #4

    The Temple of War #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Garlands and crushed flowers decorate 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, appeared in the April 2016 issue.

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  • The Victoria in the Evening

    The Victoria in the Evening #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Victoria Dam, Reservoir, and Golf Links, as seen from Digana, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka, as part of my story, The Temple of War, which ran in the April 2016 issue.

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  • Yam Hawk Moth

    Yam Hawk Moth (Theretra nessus) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    One of the lesser known members of the hawk moth family (Sphingidae), the relatively large yam hawk moth (Theretra nessus) has a wingspan of over 10cm, and is native to the Indian subcontinent, east and southeast Asia. Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 2016.

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  • Exploring the Floating Jungle

    Mangrove Forest on the Bentara River, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Dense mangrove and nipa palm thickets grow straight out of the Bentara River, often making it impossible to distinguish between water and dry land. The best way to explore the river and its jungle banks is of course by boat, thus also avoiding the possibility of stumbling upon an estuarine crocodile lurking in the gloom of the shallows. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. For more on the Bentara River, see my story, Eternal Bentota, in the November 2016 issue.

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  • Special Task

    Special Task by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A policeman of the paramilitary Special Task Force protects the Sri Lankan Parliamentary complex on the islet of Duwa on the Diyawanna Oya lake in Kotte, close to Colombo. Clad in British DPM fatigues, he carries an American 5.56mm M4 carbine. During the Sri Lankan civil war, the STF was heavily engaged in anti-terrorism operations against the Tamil Tigers.

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  • Quarter-Pounder

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

    A quarter pound of pork, cheese, caramelised onions, tomato, and lettuce; from the Big Bad Wolf in Colombo.

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  • Head Shot

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

    One of the larger varieties of insects in Sri Lanka, the yam hawk moth (Theretra nessus) can have a wingspan of over 10cm. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, east and southeast Asia.

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  • Famous Bath

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

    The outdoor bath is one of the most photographed parts of the late Bewis Bawa’s home, Brief, in Kalawila, close to Bentota. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, Eternal Bentota, which appears in the November 2016 issue.

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  • Cruciform

    Wings & Torso by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Closeup of the wings and abdomen of a yam hawk moth (Theretra nessus), one of the lesser known members of the hawk moth family (Sphingidae). The yam hawk moth is native to south, southeast, and east Asia, and can have a wingspan of over 10cm.

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  • Chop Chop

    Pork Chops #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Pork chops from the soon-to-be-opening Big Bad Wolf, in Colombo.

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  • Stairs at the Mirror

    Brief #9 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    You hurtled like vertigo
    Down the stairs, leading
    Through moist lilac to your realm
    Beyond the mirror.
    — Arseny Tarkovsky First Meetings

    Brief, Bewis Bawa’s landscaped garden, at Kalawila, in Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, Eternal Bentota, which appears in the November 2016 issue. Brief lies a few kilometres inland of Bentota, on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast.

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  • Houseboat on the Bentara River

    House Boat on the Bentara River, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Probably the most relaxed way to tour this river network. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Eternal Bentota, which appears in the November 2016 issue. For more on the famous west coast resort town of Bentota, and the picturesque Bentara River, follow the link, or pick up a mag when you fly SriLankan this month.

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  • Bacon Burger

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

    A quarter-pound of pork, topped with cheese, tomato, and smoked bacon. Shot for the soon-to-be-opening Big Bad Wolf, in Colombo.

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  • Junior Lifeguards in Training, Sri Lanka

    Junior Lifeguards in Training, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Ventura Beach, Bentota. Shot for my story, Eternal Bentota, which runs in the November 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Snakebird Over the Bentara River, Sri Lanka

    Oriental Darter on the Bentara River, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    An oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster), often known as a snakebird for its long serpent-like neck and head, swoops in over the Bentara River, in southwestern Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Eternal Bentota, runs in the November 2016 issue. For more on the ecosystem and wildlife of the Bentara River (including more photos), follow the link, or pick up a mag when you fly SriLankan this month.

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  • The Half-Pounder

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

    Half a pound of pork, caramelised onions, and that’s about it. Shot for the soon-to-be-opening Big Bad Wolf in Colombo.

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  • Bentota’s Favourite Attraction

    Ventura Beach, Bentota, Sri Lanka #9 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Relaxing, chillin’, doing nothing. Whatever you want to call it, Ventura Beach, in Bentota, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, is perfect for it. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, Eternal Bentota, which runs in the November 2016 issue.

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  • Ventura Beach

    Sundown on Ventura Beach, Bentota, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Beachgoers catch the last rays of the day at Bentota, on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Eternal Bentota, runs in the November 2016 issue.

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  • Young Salty

    A Young Mugger Crocodile, Bentara River, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A juvenile saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) basks on the roots of a mangrove tree on the Bentara River, close to Bentota, Sri Lanka. While this little fellow wasn’t much more than a metre in length, adult male salties are the largest living reptiles on earth, and can grow up to 7m and weigh over 1,000kg. Females are much smaller and lighter, rarely over 3m in length. Successful conservation in Sri Lanka has seen saltwater and mugger crocodile numbers increase sharply in recent years. These growing numbers have seen an increase of crocodile sightings — and attacks — in Sri Lanka as crocodiles expand their territories downriver into more populated suburban areas.

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, Eternal Bentota, which runs in the November 2016 issue.

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  • Eternal Bentota

    Ventura Beach, Bentota, Sri Lanka #8 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “For me, the very name Bentota conjures up feelings of childish excitement and anticipation; of sleepless nights waiting for the dawn. It was almost as good as Christmas. From family picnics to the beach to youthful day trips, Bentota was the place to go…”

    Late afternoon on Ventura Beach, Bentota, on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Eternal Bentota, runs in this month’s issue, November 2016. Follow the link, or pick up a copy when you fly SriLankan, to find out more about Sri Lanka’s original resort town.

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  • The Ruwanweliseya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka #4

    The Ruwanwelisaya, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    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, the Ruwanweliseya was created by King Dutugemunu, and completed shortly after his death in 137 BC. At the time of its original construction, the central stupa was probably half its current height, similar to the smaller stupa in the photograph, which is one of four that surround the main structure. The original stupa was added to by successive kings, increasing its height and circumference. Sri Lanka, February 2016.

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  • Personal Shrine

    Personal Altar by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    In spite of the fact that the entire Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, in Mahiyanganaya, is a shrine covered both inside and out by images of the Buddha, someone — probably a caretaker — had installed a small makeshift shrine in a hidden nook at the rear, complete with offering bowl. The Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, a replica of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, was built in 1989 by President Ranasinghe Premadasa. For more on Mahiyanganaya, read my story, The Temple of War, in the April 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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  • Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #5

    Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The view from the entrance of the 14th Century Kataragama shrine, in the foothills above Godakawela, down to the sinhasanaya where, traditionally, the accoutrements of the annual perahera are stored. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. For more on the beautiful Ammaduwa Devalaya, see my story, Secluded Peace, in the May 2016 issue.

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  • A Weather Eye

    A Weather Eye by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A crewman on the sailing yacht, Jade, watches a rain squall hit Arukarkudah, on the distant east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. For more on yachting off Sri Lanka, see my story, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • The Woman at Burg Eltz #3

    The Bride at Burg Eltz #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Burg Eltz Castle, Wierschem, in the Eifel Mountains of Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • War Horse

    War Horse by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Detail of a ceremonial cart decorated to represent the chariot of the Hindu war god, Murugan. Sea Street, in the old Colombo area of Kochchikade, Sri Lanka. April 2016.

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  • Morning on the Ramparts #6

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

    The interior of the northwest corner of the 17th century Galle Fort, shot from the Star Bastion. The building on the left is part of a military base housing the fort’s resident garrison, the 2nd (Volunteer) Gemunu Watch. The battalion maintains an outpost in the Aeolus Bastion, opposite the base. Sri Lanka, September 2016.

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  • Colourful Gintupitiya #3

    Today’s News, on the City’s Oldest Street

    News Spot, Bankshall Street, Pettah by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Newspaper kiosk on the corner of Bankshall and 2nd Cross streets, in the Old Colombo area of Pettah. Bankshall Street is the city’s original main thoroughfare and, therefore, its oldest street, the central axis of the Portuguese coastal town of Kolon Tota, established in the early 16th century, the street name derived from the Javanese word for warehouses — bangasalas. Sri Lanka, April 2016.

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  • The Kantalai Tank

    The Kantalai Tank, Sri Lanka (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    One of the oldest reservoirs in Sri Lanka, the Kantalai Tank was built in the 7th century by King Aggabodhi II of Anuradhapura. April, 2016.

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  • Jade at Sunrise, Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #2

    Jade at Sunrise, Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The 16.5m catamaran sailing yacht, Jade, anchored off Challativu Island, on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Sailing, as a leisure activity, is beginning to gain new interest in Sri Lanka which, this week hosts South Asia’s biggest boat show. For more on the experience of sailing in the Indian Ocean see my cover story, Racing Before the Wind, in the June 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • The Akersloot Bastion

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

    Named after the hometown of Admiral Wilhelm Coster, the commander of the Dutch forces that captured Galle from the Portuguese in 1640, the Akersloot Bastion is one of the smaller strongpoints of this fort. The shallow waters and rocky shores at this spot provide a natural defence that didn’t necessitate the higher ramparts that face the open sea. Nevertheless, this bastion covers the approaches to Galle Bay and the harbour, and had seven cannon in position. Immediately behind the strongpoint is the Dutch Hospital, and the Akersloot Bastion was often used as a makeshift mortuary and for post-mortem examinations. The Galle Fort fell to the British in 1796 and, ever since, the bastion has functioned as the harbour master’s residence. It is one of the few portions of the fort’s ramparts that is not open to the public. Visible above the Akersloot Bastion is a breadfruit tree (Artocarpus altilis), and it is believed to be the first one ever planted on the island of Sri Lanka, by the Dutch. This was shot from the Triton Bastion and, beyond the ramparts, the modern town of Galle can be seen to the north, on the far side of the bay. Sri Lanka, September 2016.

    For more on the historic Galle Fort, see my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • The Bawa

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

    One of Bewis Bawa’s sculptures of the male form, in an outdoor alcove of his former residence, Brief, a villa, surrounded by a landscaped garden in the midst of a rubber plantation close to Kalawila, in southwestern Sri Lanka. A renowned artist and landscaper, Bewis Bawa was famously homosexual, and rumoured to be extraordinarily well endowed; which is perhaps why, even today, in vernacular slang, a large penis is referred to as a “bawa”.October 2016.

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  • Couples

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    Ventura Beach, Bentota, Sri Lanka. October 2016.

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  • Altezzas

    Altezza Owners

    Two RS200s at the inaugural meeting of the Altezza Owners Club Sri Lanka. Independence Arcade, Colombo. October 2016.

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  • Little Willys’ Day at the Seaside

    A Little Willys by the Sea #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A Willys CJ-3A in US Army livery on Ventura Beach, Bentota, in Sri Lanka. October 2016.

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  • Morning at Point Utrecht #2

    Morning at Point Utrecht #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Named after Utrecht, in the Netherlands, the hometown of the first Dutch Reformed priest to arrive in Galle in 1641, this bastion dominates the approaches to Galle Bay and its harbour. By 1760, it had six cannons installed, and also protected a gunpowder magazine which can still be seen today. The building on the left is the Meeran Jumma Masjid or Mosque, built in 1904 in the style of a Portuguese Baroque cathedral. The lighthouse was erected by the British in 1939, after the original one — the first lighthouse in Sri Lanka, built in 1848 — was destroyed in a fire. The fort itself is a UNESCO heritage site and dates back to original fortifications built by the Portuguese in 1505. It was then captured by the Dutch East India Company in 1640 and extensively expanded and reinforced over the next century. In 1796, the fort was captured by the British 70th Surrey Regiment of Foot under Capt Lachlan Macquarie who would later, as a major general, become the fifth governor of New South Wales. Shot in September 2016 from the Vlagklip Bastion. For more on the Galle Fort, including photographs, see my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • It’s All About the Location

    Wedding Location by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A wedding party in traditional Kandyan regalia is photographed on the veranda of the Old Dutch Hospital, in the Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. September 2016. Built in the 17th century, the hospital has now been converted into a mall. For more photos and information on the Galle Fort, see my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Morning on the Ramparts #3

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

    The 17th century Galle Fort, built by the Dutch on the site of the older Portuguese fort of Santa Cruz. The latter was basically three bastions sited across the neck of the Galle peninsula, connected by a wooden palisade. When the Dutch captured Santa Cruz in 1640, they demolished the Portuguese bastions and walls and reconstructed the fort in stone, complete with a moat on the landward side, overlooked by the three largest bastions of the fort — the Sun, Moon, and Star bastions. The British took possession of the Galle Fort in 1796 and, in less than a century had, subjugated all of the island of Ceylon. With the removal of any real threat to the fort from the landward side, the British filled in the moat in 1873 and opened the New Gate between the Sun and Moon bastions to allow traffic between the growing new town outside the walls and the 17th century town within, supplementing the original Dutch-built gate near the harbour which then became fittingly known as the Harbour Gate. The entire fort and the town inside is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the best existing example of a fortified European town in Asia. For more on the Galle Fort, including pictures, see my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

    The photograph was shot facing west from the Sun Bastion, clearly showing the massive Moon Bastion — the fort’s largest — with the Anthonisz Clock Tower — built in 1885 — on it. Directly below the tower is the New Gate, and to the right is the Galle International Stadium. The fort’s ramparts are a favourite spot from which to watch cricket matches. Sri Lanka, September 2016.

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  • The Groot Kerk, Galle, Sri Lanka

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

    The Groot Kerk, a Dutch Reformed Church, is one of the oldest functioning Protestant churches in Sri Lanka, completed in 1775, on the highest point of the Galle Fort, 12m above sea level. Though built in the Doric style of the time, the double-scroll moulding along the top is unique to this building. Church Street, Galle Fort, September 2016.

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  • Sour Arrack

    Arrack Sour by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Pour 100ml Vat 9 arrack and 50ml lemonade over ice; top up with soda.

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  • Sunrise Over Galle Bay, Sri Lanka

    Morning Over Galle Bay by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The morning sun peeks through an approaching rain squall, as seen from the Sun Bastion of the 17th century Galle Fort. This bastion is one of the three largest strongpoints of the fort, built by the Dutch in 1667, shortly after the fort’s capture from the Portuguese. Named the Zon or Sun Bastion, it replaced the original Portuguese Sao Lago Bastion; built to dominate the Port of Galle, with 17 cannon emplaced by 1760. On the right, you can just make out the base of the Zwart (Black) Fort, the bastion commanding the approaches to the port. Galle, September 2016.

    For more on the Galle Fort, see my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Morning Over Galle, Sri Lanka

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

    A panoramic view of Galle Bay, with the harbour in the far distance, from the Moon Bastion of the Galle Fort. In the foreground is the northern rampart, stretching away to the Sun Bastion which overlooks the bay. The Sun and Moon bastions were built in 1667, after the Dutch capture of the Portuguese fort of Santa Cruz and the demolition of the original wooden palisade walls. Set into the ramparts between these two bastions is the New Gate, the main access between the modern city of Galle on the left, and the 16th century town within the fort, on the right. Sri Lanka, September 2016.

    For more information on this fascinating piece of our colonial heritage, check out my cover story, Climbing the Walls, in the January 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • The Wind in the Mountains

    The Wind in the Mountains by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Wind turbines in the Hunsrück Mountains, close to Salzkopf, Germany. These towers have become a regular sight throughout the Hunsrück, an area of small traditional farming communities, between the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Many inhabitants complain that the wind turbines, while supporting the efforts of sustainable power, mar the beauty of this high plateau, and affect tourism. The complaint may be valid when considering how few wind turbines have been constructed in more popular tourist destinations such as the nearby Rhine and Moselle valleys. Germany, summer 2016.

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  • In the Corners

    Corner Sales by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    An ancient woman sells little daily essentials — from ballpoint pens to Panadol pills to soap and boiled sweets — to office workers from a makeshift stall in the shelter of the Bristol Building, on the corner of Prince and York Streets, in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. September 2016.

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  • The Pagoda Tea Rooms

    The Pagoda Tea Rooms by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Number 130, Chatham Street; the famous Pagoda Tea Rooms, which opened in 1884 in the Colombo Fort, and immortalised by Duran Duran in their 1982 music video, Hungry Like the Wolf. Sri Lanka, September 2016.

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  • Ammaduwa Devalaya #8

    Ammaduwa Devalaya, Sri Lanka #8 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Buddhist shrine at the Ammaduwa Kuda Kataragama Devalaya, close to Rakwana, in Sri Lanka’s Ratnapura District. While the Kataragama deity is essentially Hindu, some Hindu gods are deeply connected to Sri Lanka’s Buddhist psyche, hence the shrine. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Secluded Peace, ran in the May 2016 issue.

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  • The Colombo Port in the Morning

    The Horse Farm #2

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

    A farmer with three-month-old May, named for the month she was born. Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Snorkeler, Challativu Island, Sri Lanka

    Snorkelling Off Challativu Island, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on yachting off the east coast of Sri Lanka, Racing Before the Wind, ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • High Walk

    High Walk by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Pedestrians cross the 260m Geirlaybrücke, Germany’s longest suspension bridge, 100m above the Mörsdorfer Bach Valley, in the Hunsrück Mountains. Summer 2016.

    Windmills in the Afternoon Sun #2

    Windmills in the Afternoon Sun by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot from Salzkopf, the second highest point in the Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Old Tradition vs New-Found Fun

    Sail and Board, Thennadi Bay, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A traditional sailing canoe and a paddle-boarder meet in Thennadi Bay, on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Wave Runners

    Wave Runners by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Mt Lavinia Beach, shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, which ran in the August 2016 issue.

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  • The Red Mosque, Colombo, Sri Lanka #2

    The Red Mosque, Colombo, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A view of the original two-storey Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid, designed by Saibo Lebbe in 1908, in the Indo-Saracenic style, with the new wing, built in 2007, towering above it. For a greater part of the 20th century, before more modern high-rise buildings obscured it, the striking colours of the mosque on 2nd Cross Street, in the old Colombo area of Pettah, were an identifying beacon for ships approaching the Colombo Harbour. April 2016.

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  • Fresh Veg

    Fresh Vegetables at the Colpetty Market by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Colpetty Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Prevailing Against All Odds, which ran in the July 2016 issue.

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  • Morning Over Muscat

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    Muscat International Airport, Oman. Summer 2016.

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  • Over the Forest Dark

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

    Burg Eltz, a 12th century castle in the Eifel Mountains of Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Piped Music

    Piped Music by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    A magnificent pipe organ takes up most of the southern wall of the Aula Palatina, the 4th century throne room of the Roman Emperor Constantine. Also known as the Basilica of Constantine, the massive building now houses Trier’s Church of the Redeemer. The Aula Palatina became a Protestant church in 1856, but in 1944, the Basilica was burned in an Allied air raid, and much of the 19th century interior destroyed. The throne room is 67m long, 27m wide, and 33m high, the largest Roman interior in existence today. Germany, summer 2016.

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  • Breakfast, Anyone?

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

    A man selling kola kendha, a sort of broth made of rice and green leaves awaits breakfast customers on Mt Lavina Beach, close to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, which ran in the August 2016 issue.

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  • The Woman at Burg Eltz (B/W)

    Interior of the Red Mosque, Colombo, Sri lanka #3

    Interior of the Red Mosque, Colombo, Sri Lanka #3 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 remained an enduring landmark of the city. April 2016.

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  • Returning with the Sun #2

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

    An elderly fisherman returns to Vakarai, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, after a night at sea. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue.

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  • Blonde on Blonde

    The Magic Forest

    Afternoon Light in the Forest by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Late afternoon’s golden hour lights up the Mörsdorfer Bach Valley in the Hunsrück Mountains of southwest Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Mixed Nuts

    Never Stop

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

    Sunday morning on Mt Lavinia Beach, south of Colombo City. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, appears throughout this month in the August 2016 issue. Follow the link to read the full piece and see all the photos, or check out the mag itself if you’re flying SriLankan this month.

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  • The Porta Nigra

    Porta Nigra by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Translated from the Latin as the “Black Gate”, Porta Nigra wasn’t the original Roman name for the entrance to Augusta Treverorum, which is today Trier, Germany’s oldest city. It is likely that the name was coined in the Middle Ages, after the original grey sandstone of the gate had darkened with age. The original name was probably Porta Martis, or the “Mars Gate”. Work ended on the gate in 200 AD, leaving it unfinished, and it is unlikely that actual movable gates were ever installed. The Porta Nigra was one of four gates to the city, each installed at the four points of the compass, but the Porta Nigra, on the northern side, is the only one existing today, and is the best example of a Roman city gate north of the Alps. This view of the Porta is from the inner side, and the columns leading up to it are the remains of buildings that lined the main street of Augusta Treverorum. Summer 2016.

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  • Porta Nigra #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The original gate consisted of two semicircular towers on the northern, or outer, side, each four storeys high. One of the towers was, however, reduced to three storeys in the 11th century, when the gate was converted into a church.

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  • Interior of the Porta Nigra by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Porta Nigra is actually a set of double gateways, with a courtyard in the interior, between the arches of the gateways. In the 11th century, this courtyard was roofed and sealed, and converted into a church. Each of the floors becoming a nave with its own ceiling. After Trier’s capture by the French, Napoleon ordered in 1804 that it be restored to its original Roman state. All signs of the church it once contained are gone today, except for the apse in one tower.

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  • Porta Nigra #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The truncated eastern tower of the Porta Nigra, the top of which contain’s the old church apse.

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  • Some Chase Bubbles

    The Skipper

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

    The captain of Jade, a 17m sailing yacht, takes a break off the east coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, Racing Before the Wind, which ran in the June 2016 issue. Follow the link to see more photographs, and read the full piece.

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  • Vineyards in the Moselle Valley

    Vineyards in the Moselle Valley, Zell, Germany by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The towns of Zell and Kaimt, in Germany, shot from Schwarzekatz. Summer 2016.

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  • Burg Eltz #6

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

    A 12th century castle in the Eifel Mountains of Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Rolling Silver

    Late Afternoon on Mt Lavinia Beach by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Late afternoon on Mt Lavinia Beach. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, which runs all this month in the August 2016 issue. Follow the link to read the full piece and see all the photographs, or pick up a mag on your next SriLankan flight.

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  • Summer Sweets

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

    Fresh strawberries from the garden. July 2016.

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  • Bubble Man

    Bubble Man by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Trier, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Introductions

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

    Horse farm in the Hunsrück, close to Simmern, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Watch Out for the Train

    Watch Out for the Train by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Many of the restaurants, pubs, and other establishments on Mt Lavinia Beach open directly onto the main southern coastal railway track which parallels the beach. This gives having “one for the road” a whole new significance. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on Mt Lavinia Beach, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, ran in the August 2016 issue. Follow the link to read the full piece and see all the photos, or pick up a copy on your next flight.

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  • The Three Churches of Trier

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

    The Cathedral of St Peter and the Liebfrauenkirche are medieval twins, built on the site of an ancient Roman double church; the latter, part of the ecclesiastical structures built at the command of the Emperor Constantine, soon after his conversion to Christianity in the 4th century. While most of these grand buildings were destroyed by the Franks and Normans in the 9th century, many were reconstructed in some way. Eventually, these ancient structures were torn down in the 13th century, to make way for the two churches that stand in Trier today. The cathedral, known locally as the Trier Dom, is built in the Romanesque style which was just going out of favour at the time, and completed in 1270. The Liebfrauenkirche is of the French Gothic style, which was just emerging at the time, and was completed in 1260. Both are functioning churches of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier.

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  • Interior of the Cathedral of St Peter, Trier by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    While the Cathedral of St Peter is of the Romanesque style, it has been added to at great length during the subsequent centuries and includes Gothic vaulting and a Baroque chapel; the latter housing the Seamless Robe of Jesus, a garment believed to have been worn by Christ at the time of His crucifixion. The cathedral is also home to what is claimed to be a nail from the True Cross, and the skull of St Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine.

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  • Twin Churches #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The adjoining Liebfrauenkirche, or Church of Our Lady, is probably the most perfect example of the centralised construction in French Gothic Architecture visible today and, along with the Cathedral of Magdeburg, is the oldest Gothic church in Germany.

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  • Aula Palatina #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    In stark contrast to the intricate architectural designs of the churches above, with their cruciform vaulting and rosa mystica floor plan, 300m away stands the austere rectangular colossus of the Aula Palatina. One of the oldest surviving structures in Trier, it was built as the imperial throne room of the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. Throughout the Middle Ages and after the Reformation, the Aula Palatina served as a palace for various bishops and archbishops of Trier, before becoming a Lutheran church in 1856. One of the oldest church buildings in the western world, it currently serves as the Protestant Church of the Redeemer.

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  • Basilica Wall by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Also known as the Basilica of Constantine, the Aula Palatina was built as a visble expression of the immensity of Roman imperial power, and the claim to world domination made by the western empire, before the eclipse of the classical era. Not originally built as a free-standing structure, the Aula Palatina had several smaller buildings attached to it, and its walls and floor contained a hypocaust heating system. In the 17th century, the Basilica was incorporated, with several major redesigns, into the newer palace of the Archbishop Lothar von Metternich, but in the 19th century, Frederick William IV of Prussia ordered it returned to its original Roman state.

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  • Interior of the Aula Palatina by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The interior of the Aula Palatina is 33m high, 26m wide, and 67m in length, the largest Roman interior in existence today. Its length is exaggerated by the original architectural design; the windows of the apse in the northern wall getting progressively smaller towards the centre. In 1944, the Basilica was burned in an Allied air raid, and when the church was reconstructed at the end of World War II, the 19th century inner decorations were not restored, leaving the inside walls bare, like the exterior.

    Along with the Cathedral of St Peter, and the Liebfrauenkirche, the Aula Palatina is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Drummer Man

    Drummer Man by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Simeonstrasse, Trier, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Not Paradise for Everyone #6

    Not Paradise for Everyone #12 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    This man has been selling small souvenirs and trinkets on Mt Lavinia Beach, close to Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, for thirty years, wending his way through the crowds of tourists, local families, joggers, and strollers, hoping to earn a living by catching people in a good mood. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story on “Mount Beach”, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, in the August 2016 issue. Follow the link to read the full story and see more pictures.

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  • Beach Cricket

    Beach Cricket by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “…Further up the beach, a gunshot crack is greeted with a roar of approval, and I turn to watch a young boy crash desperately into the waves, his arms reaching vainly to stop the rubber ball that has been smashed for six by the laughing batsman. Beach cricket is a Sri Lankan institution, played from Casuarina Beach on the Jaffna Peninsula to Mirissa in the deep south…”

    Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story on Mt Lavinia Beach, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, which ran in the August 2016 issue.

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  • Dark Alley

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

    The memorial to the Sinti and Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) of Trier, killed in the Holocaust; six unobtrusive stone columns on Windstrasse, in the shadow of St Peter’s Cathedral. Trier was also once home to the child who would grow up to be Gestapo Hauptsturmführer Klaus Barbie, the infamous Butcher of Lyons. Germany, summer 2016.

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  • Built by the Son of Madness

    The Banda Pokuna (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “…the Banda Pokuna, an octagonal pond, dating back to the 4th century BC, was built by King Pandukabhaya, the son of Ummadacitta, the princess whose beauty could drive men mad with desire…”

    From my photo-piece, The Mystery of Ritigala, which ran in the August 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka, the country’s premier travel magazine.

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  • The Moselle in Summer

    Love Locked

    Love Locked by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Collis Turm (Tower), overlooking the Moselle Valley, Zell, Germany. Summer, 2016.

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  • Tension

    Farm House in the Eifel Mountains, Germany by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Farmhouse in the Eifel Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016

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  • Enough Space

    Face #84

    The Bride at Burg Eltz by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Burg Eltz, Eifel Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Face #83

    Beach Boy, Mt Lavinia Beach, Sri Lanka (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Beach boy, Mt Lavina, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story on Mt Lavinia Beach, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, which appears this month in the August 2016 issue.

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  • The Woman at Burg Eltz

    The Bride at Burg Eltz #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Burg Eltz, in the Eifel Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Colombo’s Long Sand Street

    Mt Lavinia Beach #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    “I was born in Colombo, and have lived here almost all of my life, and in all that time, have rarely lived more than a long walk’s distance from the sea. Colombo is flavoured by salt. It is very much a seaside city. While beaches stretch all along Colombo’s long western flank, three of them dominate Sri Lanka’s commercial capital. At its heart, right next to the financial district of the Fort, is Galle Face, and north of the port, the now almost-forgotten Mutwal Beach. Neither of them, however, quite have the allure of Mt Lavinia…”

    My story on Mt Lavinia Beach, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, appears today in the August 2016 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. Follow the link to read the full piece and see more photographs, or pick up a magazine yourself when you fly SriLankan this month.

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  • Winter is Coming

    Winter is Coming by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Stacked firewood. Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. July 2016.

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  • Burg Eltz

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

    A better-preserved 12th Century castle in the Eifel Mountains of Germany, close to Müden, and the Moselle River. Summer 2016.

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  • Two Boys in the Valley

    Hiking in the Morsdorfer Bach Valley #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Mörsdorfer Bach Valley. Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Windmills in the Afternoon Sun, Hunsrück Mountains

    Windmills in the Afternoon Sun (b/w) by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Shot from the Französischeturm on Salzkopf, the second-highest point in the Hunsrück. Germany, summer 2016.

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  • Homemade Pizza

    Homemade Pizza by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Ham, corn, and paprika pizza.

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  • Make Your Share of Bright Cornflower Blue Eyes and Golden Hair

    Blue Eyes by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
    Mörsdorf, in the Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. Summer 2016.

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  • Suspense

    The Geierlay Bridge #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Tourists cross the Geierlaybrücke, close to Morsdorf, in the Hunsrück Mountains; Germany’s longest suspension bridge, at 360m. It is 100m above the floor of the Morsdorfer Bach valley. Summer 2016.

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  • Morning Café

    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.

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    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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