Scarred Nature

Giant Bamboo, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Graffiti etched into their soft bark, a thicket of giant bamboo (Dendrocalamus giganteus) in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, close to the old Sri Lankan hill capital of Kandy. Shot on assignment for the New York Times‘ piece, “An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly” by Lucas Peterson, which ran on 30th January 2019, in the Frugal Traveler column.

Water Therapy #5

Water Therapy #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Shermaine Willis, Kandy Sri Lanka. October 2018.

Station Master, Ella, Sri Lanka

Station Master, Ella, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The Ella Railway Station Master inspects a train that has entered his realm. Shot on assignment for the New York Times; specifically for award winning travel journalist Lucas Peterson’s piece, “An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly”, which ran in the Frugal Traveler column of the New York Times Travel section on 30th January 2019.
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Exploring the Udawattakele Forest, Kandy #6

Exploring the Udawatte Kele Sanctuary, Kandy #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Anuradha Perera and Shermaine Willis, shot on assignment in the Udawattekele Forest Reserve, for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy. Also known as the Thahanci Kele (or Forbidden Forest), this 257-acre sanctuary — incredibly located just a short walk from the city center — was once a private reserve of the Kandyan royal family, and closed to commoners. Sri Lanka, October 2018.

Kandyan Girl #3

Kandyan Girl #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Anuradha Perera, shot for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy. Sri Lanka, October 2018.

Six Minutes to Go

The Clock Counts Down by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The minutes count down to the Dawal Nawape Poojawa, or “Ninth Hour Pooja”, a ceremony in which a relic believed to be a tooth of the Buddha is open to the gaze of devotees every morning at 9.30am; one of three daily unveilings. As the moment draws near, devotees ready their offerings of rice and flowers, the crowd jamming in closer to the altar before Buddhism’s holy of holies, in the Weda Hitana Maligawa, the upper floor of the shrine. Shot on assignment for the New York Times, in the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka. This photograph was taken for award-winning travel journalist Lucas Peterson’s piece, “An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly”, which ran in the 30th January 2019 newspaper, in the New York Times Travel section; specifically the Frugal Traveler column. Follow the links for the full story and more pictures.

The Ella Gap, Sri Lanka #4

The Ella Gap, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
A deep cleft in the Central Highlands provides one of the main routes down to the southern plains of Sri Lanka, via the Ella-Wellawaya Road. Shot on assignment for the New York Times‘ travel column, the Frugal Traveler; specifically for award-winning travel journalist Lucas Peterson’s piece, “An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly”, which ran on 30th January 2019.
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Shopping for Antiques in Kandy, Sri Lanka #2

Shopping for Antiques in Kandy, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Anuradha Perera and Shermaine Willis, shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and The Radh. DS Senanayake Way, Kandy, October 2018.

Family Holidays to Ella

A fifth plate from the New York Times of 30th January 2019 shows my photograph of a family enjoying a stop at a small railway station on the wonderfully picturesque Colombo-Badulla rail route, now considered one of the world’s great train journeys. Family holidays by train to the “up country”, as the Central Highlands are called here, are a Sri Lankan tradition left over from a 20th century era when the middle class didn’t have as much access to personal transport as it does today. In spite of rapid improvements in living standards, many Sri Lankan families still choose the train for a touch of nostalgia. This picture was part of an assignment for the New York Times Travel‘s Frugal Traveler column, specifically for award-winning travel journalist Lucas Peterson’s piece, “An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly”. Pick up a copy, or check it out online, for more photos, and the full story.