Scenery, Sri Lanka, Study, Travel

A blog revolving around exams?

My camera has gathered dust, and I haven’t posted in 24 days. Tis the exam month. I will be back properly after the 31st of may, with some proper content, promise. For now, here’s a picture that’s currently the lock screen(?) of my laptop, and has yet failed to help me breathe and get some perspective.

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just let the picture fill your computer screen, and see if it doesn’t work its magic on you. 

(It was meant to go in a different post with more pictures, so maybe it will make a second appearance)

Looking forward to some proper posts 😛 Bye xx

Scenery, Sri Lanka, Travel

To good days

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Taken at Yala, on a school trip years and years ago

I’ve found it very easy to get caught up in the stress of my exams in May, but my final year has honestly been a good one. A more chilled one. The pressure is less, and I have had a lot of fun, a lot of days sleeping in, reading books in bed, watching movies, going out. There have been a lot, a real lot of super chill, happy days and today is one of them.

I finished the netflix series The Crown (definitely recommend) and am just lazing around (probably should finish some reading). But it’s been an overwhelming good day, in a really great last year of uni. The picture has very little to with what I’m talking about, just the colours – the reddish-brown of the road, against the blue water – and it’s a super chill picture, no stress at all.

Have a good day guys xx

Scenery, Sri Lanka, Study, Travel

Study Blues

Continuing the colour- emotion thing, pretending I have a theme going, here are some wonderfully blue landscapes. Blue mountains, Blue skies reflected in Blue water – soak it up, while I sit at my desk and pretend I’m there, cold wind on my face, legs aching after the walk, camera in my hand – in Kandy, at Horton Plains, at Lake Gregory.

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the reflection kinds looks like an oil painting?
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Sri Lanka has the most gorgeous mountains and lakes and skies – and you will always, always be able to find a coconut tree 😛
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Lake Gregory was done up a few years ago – this is the done up side – I move my camera lens a bit, and there’s a shanty town. Urban development for tourists only? A picture and a rant for another time.

 

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Yes, these are the mountains on the home page of the blog – just blue mountains on blue mountains on blue mountains – at horton plains I think. Ed Sheeran, I expect another good mountain song to go with this picture. thanks.
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My absolute fav, I think I took it from a hotel window – so it isn’t the most focused picture – but the colour and the mountains and the mist and the trees!

Currently so overwhelmed and anxious, I’m just breathing in the picture, and feeling at least a little better. Escapism is a definite perk of photography.

looking forward to some post-exam wanderings.

Sri Lanka, Study, Uncategorized

Keep your head in the clouds

Organizing and categorizing my pictures from 2015 and 2016 is honestly a life saver now. It’s stress-free, but it involves focus – so switching from editing a picture to reading a journal article isn’t too difficult a transition. Here’s a filler picture – I’ve got a post scheduled for Monday, so this is just a post to keep me going honestly.

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Keep your head in the clouds, there ain’t nothing worth bothering about down here. 

Just a picture of fluffy clouds, a rainbow and a crane. I took this ages ago, and actually posted it on an older blog, so it feels kind of stand-alone – which is strange for me – I usually like my pictures in series.

But yes. mid-week post for my sanity.

Stay up in the clouds. xx

 

Writing

One big step out of my comfort zone

I think the title says it all.

Posting my pictures on the internet is scary, and now I’m posting my writing. Excuse me while I go die of multiple fear-induced heart attacks.

The waiting game.

It comes uninvited, if not unexpected.
Moving from my stomach to my ribcage, it sits.
And waits – patient. Enduring.
No logic, or reason
No cajoling, good food, promises of hot tea
And nice people will make it go away.
I wait for it, expecting it on every street corner,
Hesitant to say yes, for what if it joins too?
I wait for it, tip toeing around the idea of a good month.
But even still,
It comes least expected.
In the middle of a week of calm and good it appeared.
Every
Morning
Till Eleven
As I lay in bed and gave in to it.
Until it decided that I had had enough
Until it decided that I should take a shower
Until it decided that breakfast, my lectures, my friends, my life
Were things that I should get back to, it waited.
And I waited.

 

Scenery, Sri Lanka, Study

Seeing Red

I obviously haven’t posted in a while, and that’s because I had a bit of a block. I wanted to post a series of red-themes pictures – I sorted them out, made some edits and it was all ready, but it seemed inadequate somehow, and like I was posting just to post, so that post never materialized. While those pictures languished in a folder of my google drive, gathering electronic dust I have had a few shitty weeks, where I saw red (read: polite term for lost my shit on numerous occasions) mainly because I have lost focus in general. My finals are coming up and I am honestly not doing enough work, which is stressing me out on occasion – the rest of the time I’m sleeping/scrolling through insta/wasting time in general. If I’m being perfectly honest, this post is me procrastinating.

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all of the spicy food
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Yes, I’m aware this isn’t red, but the bougainvillea flowers were too pretty and vibrant to not include in this post.

Anyway, one good thing came out of this, and that is that now my red-themed pictures have a theme or a reason – they will not move onto the blogosphere without some semblance of relevance! Hurrah for pictures with purpose! (no, not more purpose than I have in my life – I know you were thinking that. I have tea in my life, and if that isn’t purpose, I don’t know what is :P)

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Random tree at Yala. I have no idea why the leaves of that tree are red – this is not normal tree behavior in Sri Lanka. It is a rebellious, non-conforming tree with a greater purpose. Are those flowers?

Looking at the pictures now, I feel like they have very little relevance to this post. But I like them, so too bad.

Black and White, Scenery, Travel, Uncategorized

Stop. Take pictures – feel less carsick.

Bandarawela – cooler weather, breath taking scenery and that finally-out-of-the-effing-city feeling. The vibes you get from travelling to cooler climates, upcountry are so happy – makes you want to go on walks and hikes and DO THINGS – until asthma and the reality of my lack of fitness kicks in- but it’s a nice feeling.

I didn’t actually take many pictures in Bandarawela as I was only there for one night, but I made many stops on the way to and fro – to take pictures, stretch my legs and feel less carsick

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all of the lines and all of the green
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I just loved the contrast of the soil and the grass and the road, with the white road signs
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This is the kind of view I aspire to wake up to
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we stopped by this small cemetery by chance – the scenery  was lovely so we stepped out of the car and stumbled upon this – burial on the hills
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why not have black and white windy roads. Also kind of makes me feel more 1900s as opposed to 2017
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cosy little road marker, with all the wild flowers and just green-ness to make your soul feel good
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look! the weird trees from the earlier post – this time in focus, with a complementary telephone post + wires for accurate representation of the view:P

It’s a rather terrible confession, but as much as I love dramatic, spectacular pictures – with depth of field and brilliant composition, there is a certain charm to the mundane, basic pictures that just kind of say ‘this is what it looks like, and I think it looks pretty’. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that jazz.

I will leave you to the mundane, and go attempt to study.

bye bye.

 

Travel

Blurry Days

There are days which are blurry, out of focus. They lack purpose, or I run away from it. My study schedule is abandoned, I stay home and feel as put together as a ball of fluff. Days like these are just one of the days I turn to my pictures.

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blurry telephone lines giving the grass prime focus
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This children’s park in the heart of the city was recently done up, we occasionally discuss readings in here and I try to remember my camera.
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I love Ixora, and most definitely have not captured their beauty in this overexposed, unfocused picture. I have nicer ones, but they are just not for today.
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Yes, that’s more Ixora in the water. No, once again I have failed to capture them in their glory. But this is also at the park
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Butterflies are usually just a blur in the corner of my eye. Although it wasn’t what I was trying to capture, the Ixora is in focus here – for those I irritated with blurry red smudges in the other pictures
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Glorious Trees #1 I don’t know what they’re called, or why they’re in the middle of tea plantations (prevent erosion? who knows), but they are weirdly blurry and wild looking and I love them, so you may look at three pictures of the trees because I could not choose one.
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Glorious Trees #2
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Glorious Trees #3 I Feel I like this one the best, with the other two tying in second. The trees look so HERE, and almost defiant. Don’t tell me it doesn’t make sense.

 

I’m now feeling a bit more put together. This is the first post on my blog, and a rather odd post to start with. I feel like I’m setting my standards low – with unfocused, blurry pictures that have no narrative cohesion – to kind of make that okay. The main reason for starting my blog is because I love photography, I love my pictures and find a strange comfort in them, but I didn’t have a medium I enjoyed sharing them on. I started with instagram, and while I still do post there I don’t enjoy it. My instagram is full of people I know and sharing my pictures there gets restrictive and a bit like throwing a baby to the wolves. The anonymity of strangers is infinitely better.