SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 3 – SIGIRIYA – THE SUMMIT

by Antonio Gil May. 17, 2019 636 views
The view was breathtaking

The view was breathtaking

I think this one was trying to drink a shampoo

I think this one was trying to drink a shampoo

Behind the scenes – Teresa's picture

Behind the scenes – Teresa's picture

This was a large pond measuring twenty-seven by twenty-one meters. It was obviously central to the summit complex. In this pond grew aquatic plants which flowered in various hues throughout the year,

This was a large pond measuring twenty-seven by twenty-one meters. It was obviously central to the summit complex. In this pond grew aquatic plants which flowered in various hues throughout the year,

Video - An ancient pool, entirely carved in rock on the top of Sigiriya

The summit is shaped in the form of an elliptical stepped plateau of about one and a half hectares, with a gradual slope along the long axis of the ellipse. This sloping contour is part natural and part man-made. The entire summit was surrounded by a stout brick wall built to the very edge of the rock, the footings of which are still clearly visible today. This wall offered protection from high winds and monsoonal rain. Painted white like the rest of the rock, it looked to a person standing below as though it was an extension of the rock itself.

The palace was a collection of open and airy buildings and pavilions set amongst luscious tropical gardens and ponds.

Given the susceptibility to high winds, the buildings were relatively squat, solidly built, single-story structures with low-profile roofs.

Rainwater runoff was carefully harvested and stored in large reservoirs and ponds on the summit. Excess runoff was channeled into a tank below the rock. When required, an army of water-carriers were employed to transport water up to the summit. The complex divides into three distinct sections: the Upper Palace area, occupying the high northwestern section; the Lower Palace area, occupying the lower northeastern part of the summit; and the Gardens to the south. The three sectors converged on a large rock-cut pool. A walkway paved with marble runs down the center of the complex. Limestone and quartz blocks were used for paving the stairways and passages throughout. Their light color and luminosity complemented the vivid white walls. They were said to glow in the moonlight

https://panique.com.au/sigiriya/sigiriya-sky-palace.html

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Ram Ya 6 months, 1 week ago

Beautifully captured, Antonio!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 6 months, 1 week ago

It wasn't easy to get contrasts because the sun light was very strong. Thanks dear friend.

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 6 months, 1 week ago

I didn't manage to go there until I am 30+ haha. it seems you covered all the good spots :)
About contrast, perhaps the Lightroom's dehaze tool would help but I think the photo is great as is. The haze adds to the mystery.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Russell Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The view is magnificent and the photos are too..

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks my friend. I agree with you on the view

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Jean-Michel Laurenti 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The landscape was magnificent...but the photographer is great ! Thanks a lot for sharing !

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jean-Michel Laurenti 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the comment Jean-Michel smile

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Berckmans Peter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Best set so far.#1 is majestic.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It's the kind of thing we just see in movies smile Thanks my friend

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow what fantastic photos!!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much Pete. smile

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José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#3 +1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 +1+1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#5 +1+1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 +1

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Obrigado amigo

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Andi Saw 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Theory that humans may have descended from apes proven in #3, #4

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Hahahahaha. Only you smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I wrote the wrong numbers. I corrected them in 3 and 4. 
By the way, me and the monkey in #2 have the same hair stylist! blue heart

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Please stop, I cannot laugh so many times in one day. smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Björn Roose 10 months, 2 weeks ago

"trying to drink a shampoo" ... Makes me wonder who brings a shampoo to that place smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Björn Roose 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Perhaps it could rain smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic captures

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the favs my friend

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Paul Moreau 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Think I remember that monkey, he stole my lunch too smile

Great set but the landscapes are magnificent - colours, shading light all spot on. They have depth when landscapes can easily look a bit 2-D.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Paul Moreau 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Hahahaha. They are bastard little thieves. Thank you so much for your insightful words Paul

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 magical........WOW!
#2 looks like me on Sunday morning, back in my "drinking daze".....
#3 WOW! great catch!!!
#5 Paradisical!
#6 wouldn't you love to be able to look back to the time when these ruins were inhabited?!
#7 kool edit! a place like this would foster "out-of-body" feelings, I'm sure!

Wonderful series of this magical place! Thank You!

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

In the next post I will feature a video that shows how Sigiriya must have looked like back then, and it was really awesome. Thanks for your driving words my friend

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Your work is always inspiring & delightful to me, Amigo!

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