Driving along, traffic jam – policeman let us through and would you believe it – a perahera! Up ahead was a large red cloud. There was something familiar about it’s long tail and luxuriant bottlebrush hairs. (Leaning out the car window, passing in single file – there’s no question – this had to be a portrait shot!) As we drew level, I could see his (diminutive) mahout, steel-grey hair, head cocked a little to the side, looking in toward his charge’s front feet. Ah, yes, I recognise this man and the way he walks – I was right: I know that elephant!
I’ve got loads to tell you, and show you – from what I plan (hope) will be the first of my two ‘farewell’ trips – the island turned it on for me and I’ve still not downloaded all the photographs I took while I was away. I have to dash off to the bank and attend to ‘stuff’ so can’t stay long, but there’re a couple of other shots I can’t resist showing you – since we’re looking at how the crop can change, or embellish the ‘story’ of a photograph. Staying with the perahera for a moment longer, I love how the portrait crop highlights that small girl, in the zone and how nobody can take their eyes off her!
The next day, up in the craggy southern mountains, deep in tea country I took my courage in both hands and stood above the tea, looking right down onto it. You know, that picturesque tea country masks just how steep most of those tea gardens are – so next time you brew a cuppa, give a thought for the brave plucker and the fortitude (and long Achilles tendons) she has, picking those two leaves and a bud …
Hope to see you all later in the week, if not, have a great weekend and I’ll try to catch up before I leave Paradise (for another type of paradise) at 1am, on the 25th!
Love your new post!!
sounds so exotic to know an elephant!!! in our dreams for most of us 🙂 lovely shots M, so glad you are touring and taking masses to share with us all ….
OH wow, great shots! I love elephants but I have never touch one, yet…
How amazing that you know an elephant well enough to recognize it! Those shots of the tea country were eye-openers. I’d no idea the terrain was so treacherous. I hope the elephant isn’t the last of the wonderful surprises Paradise has in store for you leading up to your departure.
Love the butt shot. How wonderful to bump into them again! Looking forward to the promised farewell treats 🙂
Super post my dear, enjoy your last few days there and I’m looking forward to your next steps 🙂
Wonderful photographs. I’m amazed we ever get any tea after seeing those slopes.
In the first photograph it’s such a shame to see the elephant wearing a chain round it’s rear leg like that but the relationship between the mahout and elephant is often beautiful to see is it not?
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I bet you’re on first name terms with all those guys (and their mahouts) 🙂 The remaining photos will be a joy.
These are perfect for this week’s challenge. I love the elephant!
You recognized the man and the elephant! Love the elephant shot with his trunk up 🙂 That tea mountain is too steep… Thank you so much for sharing your paradise tour before you leave.
I’m going to miss these reports from Sri Lanka once you leave, it’s been a wonderful tour. Have a wonderful last few days until blast off!
I will miss seeing this island life through your eyes, Meredith, but look forward to new postings. Enjoy the short time you have left and watch out for elephants. 🙂
It’s always nice to run into someone you know… it wold be very cool to be so familiar with an elephant 🙂
It is unbelievable! The thrill I felt was surprising and quite overwhelming – you’ll understand that I almost yelled when I saw him! 🙂
We do similar with ‘our’ swans… even though they have moved on from the construction zone that is currenlty Sydney Park… the G.O. tells me “I saw our swans on the Georges River, on the way home”… 🙂
These are fabulous photos – thanks for sharing!
Great collection of photos for this challenge!
Wow! A traffic jam due to an elephant? Island living teaches you patience. Just imagine you may soon find yourself cursing at a slow red traffic light.
Love your elephant pics. What a beautiful pink outfit he’s wearing. 🙂 Enjoy your last few days in this particular paradise, before you head off on a new adventure. 🙂
Beautiful shots of “your” friend the elephant. Enjoy your last few days . Weather in Queensland is perfect
‘I know that elephant’…not a phrase many of us could ever use…hehehehe
I LOVE Sri Lanka!!! Beautiful place and wonderful photos!
I’m so glad you were able to create these pretty amazing memories and document them before you say goodbye. It certainly is getting closer.
What a colourful, let alone exotic sight – that pink really does add to the twinkle in this wonderful elephant’s eye! Happy transition and all best for the 25th and beyond!
What an incredibly beautiful elephant, Wanderlust. Enjoy your farewell trip.
Do you think that elephant can see through those holes that don’t look like they quite fit over the eyes.. I did ride one once in Thailand!
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