There is an interesting line of Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft and helicopters (possibly helicopter gunships) on Google Maps (satellite view). In the tradition of my old Google Earth Posts I have included included a screen shot. For the nosy types, here's the Google Maps satellite view link. Both show a tight line up … Continue reading Interesting Sri Lanka Air Force combat aircraft line up on Google Maps
Geo blogging humanises geography. It does by plugging in tools like geo tagged photography, Google Earth or Google Maps with blogging to share personal/human context/meaning of places that are otherwise just impersonal symbols on a map. It adds (hopefully) a human/cultural layer into maps. Something that's been impossible at a pre internet/social media scale. I've … Continue reading 3 interesting Sri Lankan geo bloggers
According to my trusty day counter its been well over a 1000 days since I started my rather eccentric "tradition" of posting Google Earth images of Sri Lanka. For the big picture, there's the recently updated archive page. According to a poll I "conducted" a while back, a majority of respondents thought favourably of the … Continue reading Google Earth Sri Lanka posts: 1000+ days later
Kirigalpoththa is Sri Lanka's second highest mountain. I learnt that from Sri Lankan hiking blog with the same name that I introduced a while back. Along with giving boots on the trail accounts of hiking in Sri Lanka Kirigalpoththa the blogger tends to put up photos of some stunning places in Sri Lanka that awe … Continue reading Kirigalpoththa Mountain from Google Earth
Magtoo.com lets you create and share panoramas from multiple photographs without using any graphics software. The system is geared to share your creations via numerous social networking sites such as Blogger, Facebook ect. Though the site is still under development I was able to create a 360 degree panorama of view from the summit of Sigiriya mountain quite easily.
Sri Ponnambalavaneswarar Hindu temple (Kovil), has always been referred to as the “Gal Kovila" (literal translation: "Stone Kovil") in my family’s short hand. The term is most likely due to the granite which is the primary material used in its construction. The granite exterior is matched by the restrained exquisite stonework inside which gives the … Continue reading Buddhist Hindu bi-cultural life Sri Lanka
Buddhist and Hindu cultures have coexisted seamlessly in my family. It extends to relationships with religious institutions as well. On the Buddhist side there is Asokaramaya, which has a long presence in family history. For more regular religious maters there's the smaller temple down our road. Palaya Kadiresan Kovil (pictured in the Google Earth screen … Continue reading Family Kovil Colombo Sri Lanka