As I said a couple of days ago, Ailsa’s ‘Up” theme this week put me in a bit of a pickle – with hundreds of ‘up’ shots to choose from in Colombo alone. After going through them again and again, I decided to put together a gallery of ‘what’s up there?’ shots I took on Christmas Day.
I was thrilled to see the Dutch Hospital isn’t the only old building in the city that’s being given a facelift – in fact it seemed renovations were going on almost everywhere I turned in a couple of streets.
Sadly, after thirty years of neglect, many of the old buildings are in pretty poor shape and though I took photographs of many of them, I’ll leave their story for another day. What I did enjoy though, was looking up – as I said, it’s always a treat here in Sri Lanka, no more so than when you don’t have to worry about being bowled over by rushing traffic!
This little gallery isn’t always ‘picturesque’ but I hope you’ll find it interesting. And don’t forget, I want to know what you think it is up that ladder (on the last shot)!
I think I might have to create a bit of a cliffhanger with this one because I don’t want to tell you what I think just yet, and if I do a poll, I might miss something wonderful that you think, so … watch this space, as they say 🙂
Venice and London have their pigeon problem, here in Sri Lanka it’s the canny crow. I was taking pictures of the work being done on the building to the left when I saw through the viewfinder that those black things on this recently stripped brickwork were crows. If they don’t hurry the building will need another cleanup job before they can proceed.
I loved the idea of the little balcony out from those old windows, but was alarmed at the number of seedlings that have taken root in the mortar.
It’s an optical illusion, of course, because the white box isn’t balancing on the pointed tile roof – but how on earth did they get approval to build that room and adjoining terrace?
Isn’t that pretty, looking through the lacy leaves?
But look what all those lacy leaves have done! They’ve turned into mulch and the roof is growing a garden.
On an adjacent old market building some naughty stallholder is storing old crates and they’ve created the environment to make mulch as well.
Not that the bodhi tree – ficus religiosa – needs much help propogating itself as you can see – it’s a weed of a tree really and does much damage when it gets its roots into the wrong places.
Space is at a premium in these old parts of the city – any old city really. This house went up (and back too, I guess as funds became available) but what intrigued me was what was behind that upper tiled balustrade.
A stairway to heaven.??
A disco? 😉
Your posts are always entertaining, Meredith. A soup kitchen? (I know- I’m being silly!)
The dimensions you see are what you see, I think – the whole building’s no more than 10 feet wide …
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I’ve usually got a crick in my neck from looking upwards. I’ve put together something similar, here: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/whats-up-there/ They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
You clever thing you 🙂
a roof garden? a pigeon loft? fun photos … and what is all the junk on the roof?
How do trees manage to grow out of the sides of buildings? I have trouble getting them to grow in the ground.
The spot on the roof may be a place for sunbathing, or star-gazing. Or both.
A view? A swimming pool? A place to sleep when it’s hot? Somewhere to dry the washing? Or herbs? Or flowers? The possibilities are endless!
A restaurant? An astronomical observatory? A jail for an old widow? A painting studio? A distillery?
A bunch of workmen watching the world go by and wondering why you’re taking a photo? 🙂
a beautiful roof terrace with shrubs and flamingos, and a jacuzzi bath for the owners to enjoy the night sky. That’s what I am dreaming of. But probably just lines of washing to dry…
Yes, the 5th picture looking up through the leaves is so pretty. My fav!
Hard to guess, but my final answer is, “A jacuzzi and bar.” 🙂
A bodhi tree forest or the fabled canny crow rookery … maybe both.
No matter. It’s a great series.
I’m on my iPhone so hard to see an enlarged photo, but I’ll guess a little wine bar. That’s what I’d like up there 🙂
no idea but that’s what makes it so cool
Absolutely no clue. Can see some potted trees, and that ladder to nowhere!
Wonderful shots though 🙂
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I doubt that it’s like here in the US, but here, the ladder would, most likely, lead to a platform where workers could get at the antennae or A/C or some such.
I love looking up through your lacy leaves and I adore the garden on the roof. But I can’t tell what’s up behind that upper balustrade…. Hmmm??
What can I say – it’s Paradise – things grow, everywhere – the place is the epitome of fecundity! Glad you caught up in sequence – otherwise my guess will have been revealed before the question! 🙂
Yes, I realized as I was catching up that it was a good thing I went in sequence. I’m trying to do that from now on when I get behind!