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.
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.
Schoolboys, Piliyandala, Sri Lanka. December 2015.
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.
Sunset at Waikkal, Sri Lanka. Shot for Waterworld Waikkal, in the December 2015 issue of Explore Sri Lanka.
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.
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.
100ml white arrack
25ml lime juice
Top up with ice, lightly brewed Sri Lankan black tea, and a splash of soda.
A Roman Catholic priest ploughs a paddy field with a pair of water buffalo, symbolically beginning the annual Maha sowing season. All over Sri Lanka, this Wap Magula ceremony is conducted by Buddhist or Hindu priests, but in Wahakotte, a village in the Matale District, that has remained Roman Catholic since the 16th century, the ceremony takes the form of a unique “farmers’ mass” held in the paddy fields close to the St Anthony’s Church. For more on this extraordinary ceremony, and a history of this community, see my piece St Anthony’s Wahakotte: a Missionary Bastion, in the November issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.
Olcott Avenue, in the Colombo Fort. February 2014.