Killing some time, waiting for the heat to really build up to take some hottie shots for Ailsa, I popped into the Hilton, where my friend Shobi had a stall at a Christmas Crafts Fair. She had some beautiful things, as did Padma, who I hadn’t expected to see, and yes, I couldn’t resist a couple of souvenirs to take home to Australia!
Since I was in town, and so close, I decided to walk around to the Dutch Hospital to have a cappuccino – a luxury I rarely indulge in these days – and take some pictures. When I was there for A’s birthday it didn’t seem the right time to explore the renovations with my camera, so being alone, this was an ideal opportunity.
Coming out of the coffee shop, I couldn’t resist the cliché shot of the two glass towers of the World Trade Centre soaring above the terracotta roof of the simple old building.
When I’d hauled myself up from the pavement, I noticed the reflection of one building in the other
so I headed back out to the street and there, reflected in the lower panes of the building opposite, was the Dutch Hospital itself.
As I moved around taking pictures from different angles, I saw the green dome of a mosque appear to float above the Dutch Hospital, and the side facade of the old Police HQ building, draped in green gauze.
While in another set of panes, the stately side facade of the old secretariat building materialised.
Now, the strange thing was, I couldn’t see these buildings from where I was standing – it was the giant slabs of plate glass-turned mirror in the glaring sunshine which picked up these distant landmarks, and so it was with delight that I next spied the old colonial building on the hill into Fort, and, over there, a crane from the Inter-Continental refit.
What a serendipitous discovery! Who’d have thought we’d have city reflections, just like other big cities? Pop across to see them, and other reflections, at the WP Photo Challenge.
And no, there won’t be any hottie pictures this week. By the time I’d photographed every inch of the renovations, and done a couple of other chores, it was me who was wilted and hot, so I took myself off to lunch at Barefoot, where I sat in the shade, under a fan, and over lunch and a couple of glasses of wine, was bewitched by a painting.
What a magical discovery! To be able to see all that in the panes but not with the naked eye. It all looks mysterious and mirage like. Magical, mysterious and mirage … oh, my!
It was weird, Michelle – really, like a dream, where you recognise the components, but nothing is in quite the right place 🙂
OMG. The photo of the green dome (the first one) is fabulous, as all the photos are, but I’d have that first dome photo printed and framed. You could decorate the walls of your new home with these photos!!
And did you happen to take a photo of the painting you were bewitched by?
I’m so glad you liked that one – I love it too and was just so amazed it turned out like a mirage, just as it did in reality!
I did. indeed take a photo (or two) of the painting! I’m thinking that maybe it would be the perfect ‘farewell Sri Lanka’ gift to myself. I’d be loath to have photographs of here in my new home – don’t want to be nostalgic – but a painting that has no connotations with Sri Lanka except that it was bought here, and was painted by a Sri Lankan would be a nice, oblique reminder of this glorious interlude (lets call it that, rather than a detour!!!!) in my life.
Wonderful reflective discoveries! Beautiful.
Thank you Emily – it was a lovely unexpected discovery.
I love reflections in photos, be they in water or in glass-covered modern skyscrapers. There’s just something about them that attracts my eye. And the blend of the old and new is simply frosting on the cake. 🙂
The old buildings reflected in the modern plate glass windows is the icing on the cake, isn’t it? I love how it’s like a dreamscape – all recognisable, but like an artist’s sketchpad, all haphazard and unexpected.
Fantastic photographs! All kinds of little windows onto different buildings from different pasts. The thing is though, I have no idea where in the world you are now?!
Bless you – still here in Sri Lanka! Don’t leave till early February :).
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I love all of the reflections! Nice memento pics of your trip.
I never go out without my camera any more Anne – every day there’s sure to be something I need to capture in case my memory banks fail 🙂
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Beautiful reflections of the window panels. Awesome shots!
What’s the world going to be like when I’m not living in a world full of surprises like this?
what brilliantly lucky shots and what a wonderful ‘eye’ you have. Well done. Enjoy your time in Sri Lanka still. Ciao,Carina
Wonderful ‘eye’ you have.Love those shots. Ciao, Carina
Wow! That photo of the green dome of the mosque in the window is fabulous! Great shots for the theme!
I take no credit for it – it just popped into the picture! Stunning, isn’t it?
It certainly is! 🙂
Thanks for sharing this great impressions of another world.
My blog’s full of Sri Lanka these days, as I begin the process of saying goodbye to my life here – hope it doesn’t make you too envious of our warm days 🙂
Wonderful! Isn’t it lovely to get that kind of surprises? 🙂
Joyous! Somehow, this is the sort of thing that happens here in Paradise 🙂
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What everyone else has said about the reflections. Very cool. I have been troubled now for several minutes, however, by something in the text. I decided simply to ask. What the hell is wrong with a daily cappuccino?
Absolutely b….y nothing, Steve. Lets just say Sri Lanka’s not a coffee place.
Fabulous reflections! How amazing that they just popped out at you in time for this theme. 🙂
Real serendipity, Sylvia 🙂
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I’d like to nominate your wonderful blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award. You can check it out here: http://oceanboundsadventures.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/beautiful-blogger-award/
What a beautiful surprise! Thank you very much, for the compliment, and the nomination. I’ll be right over 🙂
What an amazing series of photos. I feel as if I went along on an explore with you! So many stories and ironies reflected in these pictures!
Pure serendipity, with the whole history of the island reflected in the windows.
I love that idea, and I love the visual of it captured by your camera!
It was the camera that made me see, Naomi. In fact, when I was taking the pictures, I couldn’t see, with my own eyes, all that the camera captured. I don’t know whether it was because I don’t see as well as I used to, or if, by selecting the reflections as the focus point of the camera, it picked up reflections on panes, from that one position, that I wouldn’t have seen anyway.
Wasn’t there a murder mystery once, that started out with a photograph someone had taken without realizing that he had captured a murder on film? This is a much more pleasant surprise.
Oh yes – and much more my style!
Those are cool shots and it’s a good thing you noticed. 😉
It was an unanticipated and exciting morning in town! 🙂
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I love reflective photo’s – these are great – what is there broken into facets for us to see differently 🙂
Amazing contrasts and great reflections
I was really quite surprised by the reflections I saw from across the street and was delighted in the way the photos came out – more focused, in a way, than in real life!
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