SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 1 – VISITING NEGOMBO – DUTCH CANAL

by Antonio Gil January. 20, 2019 1448 views
This canal is also called Hamilton Canal

This canal is also called Hamilton Canal

The lonely Egret looking out for fish

The lonely Egret looking out for fish

Reflections

Reflections

After a good breakfast ☺☺

After a good breakfast ☺☺

♫♫ Dutch canal, Negombo ♫♫

In 1613 a Portuguese missionary, Father Manoel Barradas, describes how "Near Columbo the Fathers embarked on a canal by which they entered into the River Calane [Kelani Ganga], and going down the river they proceeded into another canal as narrow as shady, so that the oars, although they were very short, could scarcely fulfil their office". "By this they went as far as Negumbo, which is six Chingala leagues." In the 17th century the Portuguese constructed a canal from Hendala to Pamunugama.

The Dutch established the centre of their colony at Colombo. They then attempted to grow paddy rice in the surrounding marshes in Muthurajawela, but found that—as the previous Sinhalese kings had before them—the coastal tides inundated the fields with sea water. Around the 18th century, the Dutch commenced the construction of a series of structures, dams and canals using and enhancing the original system of waterways in an attempt to drain the salt water from the rice fields and to transport cinnamon in barges through to the seaport at Negombo. This system, known as the 'Dutch Canal', formed a "continuous line of waterways between ports and the remote sections of territory under the Dutch".

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Amy Daniels 1 year, 10 months ago

#5 Beautiful

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Antonio Gil Replied to Amy Daniels 1 year, 10 months ago

This was a very interesting place. Thanks Amy

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Bill Baird 1 year, 10 months ago

I think I would be as still as that egret taking it all in. What an interesting setting. I'm trying to imagine
my chances of survival would be if someone dropped me off there for a year. Very interesting.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 10 months ago

You would be fine. smile Thanks Bill

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José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

#3 +1

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José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

#2 +1

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

Essa é a minha preferida. Abraço

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Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

#3 I can picture this one as a canvas hanging on your wall . #2The patient hunter :) This is a great series of images :)

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you so much Russel. grinning

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Andi Saw 1 year, 10 months ago

I read this thins 3 times, and I'm not sure I got the point. 
So, basically, if you want to reach a place, the best way to NOT get lost is follow a canal. 
If I'm right, it's very useful!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 10 months ago

Always. You only have to look out for crocodiles and big lizards smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Ok... follow the canal with a sealed bag of fresh meat to feed the crocodiles... just in case! (Sealed because we don't want to attract them, right?) grinning 
Lizard are dangerous? I presume sooner or later I'll see one of them... we will talk about this in the future!

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 10 months ago

They usually try to run away from us. They only attack if cornered. You'll have the opportunity to see some of them, of course smile

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

Love these! The reflections are wonderful!Quite a change from the Faroe Islands!
Did you take a ride up & down the canals?

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

From the cold Faroe to the sunny Sri Lanka smile No, I didn't. No time, unfortunately. Thanks my friend

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Bet it was nice to "thaw out" a bit! (((grin)))

Hope you're feeling better!!!

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 10 months ago

Not yet, more exams to come. But I'll get there my friend

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Hang in there Amigo! I’m praying for a clean bill of health for You & Teresa!

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Francesc 1 year, 10 months ago

Fantastic live in canal ....Great work Antonio

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you my friend. And you're right, everything here was moving and buzzing with life

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Wow Antonio!!! Some very very cool captures and the colors..... amazing. I love the fact the photoblog allows the enlargement. #6 just stands out enlarged you get the feeling like you are going to fall in the water. The angle of your shot is perfect.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks for your kind words dear friend. I agree with you, the enlargement is one of the best features PB has. The colors are the Sri Lanka colors smile Always bright and captivating

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

You still got a good eye my friend.

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Sometimes better than others smile Thanks Peter

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Same here

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José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

#4 +1

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

Então, e como é que correu a V/ viagem? Obrigado pelos comentários Zé

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José Manuel Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 10 months ago

Correu tudo muito bem. Apenas na altura em que iamos fotografar os icónicos pescadores da rede cónica, desatou uma chuva tropical que nos fez abrigar durante 2h, o suficiente para se fazer noite e perder-mos os põr do Sol, e os pescadores, (Acreditas que me apetece lá voltar só para cumprir essa tarefa? )

E quanto á outra questão?? Resolvido?? bem encaminhado?? Diz qq. coisa pelo WatsUp.

Pela comparação que fizeste do Japão com o Sri Lanka, acho que irias adorar visitar Myanmar.
Abraço.
JM

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

Obrigado Zé

1 year, 10 months ago Edited
José Manuel 1 year, 10 months ago

#1 +1

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