Wild the free & the beautiful.....

A blog dedicated to the wonderful nature resources of My motherland sri Lanka...

Butterflies... 1

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May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

I called them the " Jewel's with wings" & to me they are the most beautiful insects I have seen in my life. Butterflies belongs to the order "Lepidoptera" . This is derived from the Greek term for 'scale-wing'. Butterflies also belongs to group called " diurnal flying" insects & are the second largest group of pollinators.....next to bees. Butterfly life cycle consists four parts egg, larva, pupa & adult stage. In Sri lanka we have 245 species of butterflies & 23 of them are endemics.This is a very small collection of pictures I have captured from year 2009 to now.

Common Tiger(Danaus genutia)

Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace)

Common Tiger(Danaus genutia)

Common Crow(Euploea core)

Yamfly (Loxura atymnus fuconius )

African Babul Blue (Azanus jesous)

A Butterfly Lights Beside Us

A butterfly lights beside us, like a sunbeam...
and for a brief moment it's glory
and beauty belong to our world...
but then it flies on again, and although
we wish it could have stayed,
we are so thankful to have seen it at all.

Author Unknown

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DRAGONFLIES.......... (0)

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Well, I am still learning about Dragonflies & their habitat patterns.. The life of a Dragonfly always fascinates me.. I think we have not yet taken the advantages of conserving these species. Because what I had learn is that Dragonflies are very good predators of the mosquito's.
These pictures were taken in urban, wild & wetland localities...

Sri Lanka’s Dragonfly fauna

Sri Lanka has 117 species of dragonflies and damselflies

of which an astonishing 53 are endemic. The high

occurrence of endemics makes them an important

group in the study of Sri Lankan biodiversity. This guide

provides photos of 91 species of which 34 are endemic.

This collection of photos is a major step forward in

understanding dragonflies, their habitat and brings

awareness to the fragile conditions necessary for their


Little is known of this faunal group in Sri Lanka including

basic data on life cycles and larvae. Some very interesting

species found in recent years still await description and

it is quite likely that many additional ones are yet to be

recorded and described. The excitement of describing

a new species is only dampened by the realization that

the island may have lost species before science could

catch up with them.

Courtesy by " A Photographic Guide to the
Dragonflies of Sri Lanka By
Matjaž Bedjanič,
Karen Conniff,
Gehan de Silva Wijerathne."

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Flowers ... The natures beauty........... 1

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In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.

Kozuko Okakura

Flower photography was always my favorite type of photography.. I was really involved in taking flower pictures after I got my first Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens. It was a superb lens to do macro photography & it was at the same time a very fast lens. These pictures were some I have taken from that lens & today its my favorite lens.....

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns.
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
- Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

These pictures were taken in different locations but it didn't matter whether you took those in your garden or in a different location. But still I loved the final output of my images....

The Wild Flower's Song by William Blake
As I wandered the forest,
The green leaves among,
I heard a Wild Flower
Singing a song.

'I slept in the earth
In the silent night,
I murmured my fears
And I felt delight.

'In the morning I went
As rosy as morn,
To seek for new joy;
But oh! met with scorn.'

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YALA NATIONAL PARK............... 1

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Mahaseelawewa Lagoon....

When I started this Blog I thought I should write about Yala National Park first. But for various reasons I chose some other topics & discussed. It was my good friend Sharmini wickramasinghe who suggested me to come up with the Yala article & some of my pictures. So this is a feedback to her dear request & encouragement. I hope you will pardon me for any shortcomings in this article.

"Yala" we affectionately calls her, was the most accessible wild life sanctuary during the 25 year old separatist war in Sri Lanka & it was a refuge to many of Sri Lankan dry zone fauna & flora . My first trip to Yala was in 1996 & I still remember it as a memorable one. Yala was the best wild life park to visit in Sri Lanka for a long time. But today animals of the park are severely disturbed due to big no of visitors & no of vehicles..

Yala's specialty was the "Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya)"... It was the most Majestic creature I saw in Sri Lanka jungles... But it was a luck that you have to see one & it was more luck if you had a chance of photographing it....A recent study has shown that Yala National Park has one of the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world, although this animal is still considered to be endangered.

The Yala elephants were very gentle giants & the rare "tuskers" were the most unforgettable ones. It was a such a treat to watch baby elephants playing while the rest of the heard was busy feeding themselves. The water Buffalo, wild boar, spotted deer were seen very often at Yala ,but they were too unforgettable.

The bird life was plentiful & it was one of the best places to watch the water birds. Yala was the only place that you can observe the giant Black Necked Strokes in Sri Lanka. the Eagles were very frequent sight at Yala & you were lucky sometimes if you can watch them perching on a tree.

Black Necked Stroke- Photo credit www.wikipedia(en)

It was a great feeling once you get in to Yala... We normally called it as 'jungle fever" & most of us welcomed it. It was so privileged if one could stay inside a wildlife bungalow, But it was more adventure if you can occupy camping site in side Yala sanctuary. Yala I feel is still the best wild life park in Sri Lanka. It's our responsibility to protect this Majestic National Park for our future generation....


wild animals in the stars

wild animals in the clouds

what will we see in them

when the wild ones are gone

(Poet Unknown)

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I was fortunate to photograph these lovely portraits of people while on my way to photograph & during the other times... Sometimes these pictures will not reflect the perfect compositions, sharpness & portrait techniques. But I was very happy with my captures... Sometimes I took their permission to photographing them .. But most of the time it was not.. I hope you will sometimes agree with me that these faces also have a equal value like my other nature photography objects... But I felt that justice should be there to admire these friendly faces like my other photographed nature objects....

"The way you see people is the way you treat them."

Zig Ziglar

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I was fortunate to travel inside of Vavuniya to take these pictures.. It was a place you will never forget especially when you accompany your camera.. These pictures reveal how beautiful nature is.. The people were always nice and they always associated with nature which was a modern day wonder.. I hope visitors will realize & act to preserve this natural wealth to our future generation....

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Photograpy from your garden........... 1

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Due to various reasons & commitments I was not to go long trips to explore the Sri Lankan wildlife.. But I was fortunate that I had a small garden which hosts some urban wildlife creatures that roam around & also they never took notice of me photographing them.. I was totally a unnoticed person most of the times.. But sometimes they saw me as an intruder to their affairs...

These are some pictures I was fortunate to collect while observing there lovely habitat..

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I started experimenting the
Macro photography very lately after seeing some very inspirational photographs from Top photographers around globe. I think i will never get opportunity to explore this field if I was not had the chance of accessing the Internet....

It was a different photography technique & I was so impressed with the challenge that you have to go through to get a final result.. The most important factor was to to find the exact photography equipment that you need to create close up photography.. Then I was fortunate that I met my friend Mendis Wickramasinghe who assisted & guided me to to this photography adventure....

Macro Photography is very exiting & also becomes a very time consuming process. But the beauty of the macro world is so interesting & astonishing... Sometimes I wonder how fun & knowledge i gain after observing this micro objects.. I hope you too will give a thought about it...

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