Scenery, Sri Lanka, Travel, Writing

Intense, breathtaking beauty

From watching a golden moon rise above the waves, to a sea bath at sunrise; where everything was bathed in the most perfect light, Kalkudah was beyond words and the pictures barely do it justice.

That I saw all this beauty with my own eyes, I felt the sand on my feet – I was in that ocean, so calm and inviting is something that I honestly cannot believe.

Beaches aren’t anything new, and neither is a good sea bath or a stroll along the beach at sunset. Especially for a Sri Lankan. Even more for a Sri Lankan living near the coast.

But we take it for granted. Or atleast I do. That we have access to such awe inspiring scenery. That we live around it. That I can see a jaw dropping sunset on my way home from work – but does it matter if we don’t stop and stare? the world will continue to be beautiful. Continue to be awe inspiring and breathtaking, and we will just walk past it.

‘Pics or it didn’t happen’, but if you didn’t take it in, did it really happen? I did take many, many pictures on this trip, and am so glad I did, but there was more to it that the pictures on my camera. Most of my most vivid memories, the one’s where I truly felt alive are not captured on my camera.

I can close my eyes and see it, feel it.

The way the sand billowed under my feet as I stepped into the water. Water that was so clear, the sand reflected the sun and looked like gold dust, floating in the bluest of blue.

The lush greenery that edged the beach, juxtaposed against the deep blue of the sea and the sky, with the sandy beach a dividing line of colour.

Getting into the ocean at sunrise, the water warm, with sudden cold undercurrents, and everyone bathed in a golden morning light. I tried to capture that but couldn’t. How can a camera capture the feeling of being on the edge of the world? of feeling like we were bathing on the horizon, with the sun just an arms length away?

You can’t capture the walk back one evening. The feeling of being tired but oh so happy. The way that everything, from the mud on the path to the headlights of an approaching vehicle took my breath away.

I started this blog because of the feeling a picture can give you, so don’t misunderstand me – I love photography, and I love the feeling of life it gives. I guess what I am saying is that pictures aren’t everything. They are important, but not everything.

I don’t have pictures that do justice to what I saw at Kalkuda, so these will have to do.

 

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Scenery, Sri Lanka, Travel

Momentum

The sky was crazy beautiful all along galle face and marine drive after work; but just as I came to the end of my tuk ride, the sun started to burst out from behind the clouds, and I just had to get down and be the crazy girl – juggling a saree that by the end of the day was almost falling off me; balancing my laptop and by bag; avoiding some questionable looking sand piles (smelt awful) to take pictures of this sunset.

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It’s crazy that all I had to do was stick my head out of my tuk, and later get down and stand on the pavement – to see a view like this.

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, that has helped 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.

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.