No England Here
“Standing close to the summit of Mt Pedro, I gaze at the picturesque valley below, with its long finger of blue water. Above the tea, jungle-covered mountains of craggy rock rise, and the silhouette of Adam’s Peak, the holy mountain, spikes the horizon like a single heartbeat, the temple at its summit catching the sunlight. I share tea and cigarettes with the riflemen of the 3rd Sinha, guarding Mt Pedro. We squint into the morning wind like mountain lions, gazing out over the fastness of Ravana’s stronghold.
Little England? There is little English here.”
The Nuwara Eliya Valley, shot from the summit of Mt Pedro, or Pidurutalagala, Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My photo-story, The Nuwara Eliya Season in Spring, ran in the April 2017 issue.