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May 2, 2008

Guardian Sri Lanka Article

There's an article in today's Guardian that sums up the situation in Sri Lanka pretty well. Even the comments have a war going on in them...

War-torn Sri Lanka is the last sick man of the region

May 5, 2008

Sri Lanka Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Sri Lanka hot air balloon festival article I shot last month has just been published in Sri Lanka Airlines magazine and I'm very happy to have got the cover.
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Sri Lanka hot air balloon festival article

May 16, 2008

Looking for Loris

I've just come back from a few days in Nuwara Eliya with Gehan, the CEO of Jetwing Eco Tourism, looking for, and trying to photograph, the very rare Mountain Loris. It's one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world, so, not surprisingly, we didn't find any. We spent 2 nights shining red torches up into trees watching for eyes shining back at us, but nothing appeared.

At almost 2000m, Nuwara Eliya is the highest town in Sri Lanka which means that it actually gets cold at night - it's quite odd to be in a completely different climate just a few hours after leaving Colombo. Jetwing kindly put me up in St Andrew's Hotel and jumping into bed at the end of a Loris watch I was surprised to find a hot water bottle in there! Still, it was a very pleasant trip - apart from the appalling roads in the area - and we did manage to spend some time in Horton Plains National Park after dark looking for the elusive Loris but instead found Sambar deer sticking their heads in through the car windows looking for sandwiches.

May 27, 2008

Talangama

Last weekend Faye and her mum treated me to a couple of days in Talangama Villa - a lovely, modern villa next to Talangama Lake and nature reserve, which Faye and I had all to ourselves. Duleep, our regular tuk-tuk driver took us there through the maze of tiny roads that wind between huge houses, and we wondered if he would ever find his way back to Colombo alone.

The shock of suddenly finding yourself somewhere serene and peaceful with only the sound of birds after a week in the pandemonium of Colombo is incredible. It really felt like we'd gone far, far away rather than just a tuk-tuk ride - it was so relaxing.

We spent most of the time evenly divided between swimming in the pool and eating the fantastic food their chef seemed to continually prepare for us. Gehan dropped by in the evening and we did a bit of bird and bat-watching at his nearby hide. Very generously, he left his 600mm lens for me to use for the rest of the weekend - which is just about the biggest lens that Canon make - and very easy to get used to!

Hungover from too much good wine and terrific food as we were, I therefore had to make good use of it and get up the following morning to photograph some of the birds on the lake. We then spent the rest of the day chilling out and eating too much before returning to the dirt and pollution of the city.