Sunset over the Norochcholai power plant
The Puttalam road is decent. After Chilaw it gets beautiful. The road winds along the lagoon, sometimes along the sea, across bridges, rivers, canopies of trees. You get some beautiful sunsets. Especially coming down from the north. Somehow, there’s nothing like the northern sky. It’s bigger, brighter, the sun melts down into the paddy, burns down into the sea. These are some photographs.
I don’t remember where this was exactly, but it was beautiful. You get these occasional gaps in the road, places where you can’t get kottu or coke, where there’s no branding or habitation. Sometimes you can peek into an old wallawa or a modern gabled monstrosity. Sometimes you can just see paddy. The light is incredible. Northern skies are seem sharper, to me at least. As the sun dips the color just sings.
I like water. Water and light are good elements. The western coast is lagoony, canally, wet. You cross a lot of bridges, like this. They light up as the sun goes down.
The Puttalam road is really quite beautiful, as is the western coast of Sri Lanka. Even in Colombo, it’s worth catching any sunset you can. It’s at 6:21 today.