Sunday, January 31, 2010

Why are there puddles on the beach?

I'm going back to the states soon for college. It just hit me lately that I really only have a few weeks left on this beautiful island. I'm trying to capture every moment like a snapshot (which is usually quite literally!) and let it all sink in and become a part of me: thanking God for bringing me here, for all the beautiful people I've met and fallen in love with, and for this blessing of seeing a world much different than I was used to.

"Whatever it is you do, do everything for the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Close to home.

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. 
~George Washington Carve

Friday, January 29, 2010


We went to the hospital today to visit our dear Ahchee, who has had surgery this week. It really meant a lot to her that we came to visit, I could tell. It kinda turned into a little party as some of her family and our friends showed up. (Sorry, no cameras in the hospital.) The following was the snapshot I took in the three-wheeler during the ride home.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Color Purple.

No, not the movie. Nor the book. I'm referring to this charming purple scarf by fellow Etsian XeniaHome. I discovered this sweet little shop today and think everyone should stop by and show some love.

This beautiful find is to make up for not posting a photo of my own.  Between studying and sewing, I was unable to take a single photograph today. Photos of my sewing projects will be coming soon!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sawdust and Nails

These past few days have been noisy ones, as we've waited out the Sri Lankan presidential election. Nearly 1000 election-related incidents were reported across the island. Going out amongst the turbulent crowd of voters was not the most prudent activity, so my family and I stuck a bit closer to home this week.

Still working on that photography assignment; I spent some time digging through sawdust and wood scraps at the new house being built next door.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Again with the wisk.

Yes, more still life. I'm having a hard time deciding which image to turn in. What do you think?

Monday, January 25, 2010


Okay.... so I didn't actually take this one. But I've been teaching my sister some photography skillsss and she can take a fine portrait. And... as I'm usually the one behind the camera, I'm rarely ever in the picture!

This is me. Tangalle, Sri Lanka. January 2010.

Maybe in 50 years my grandkids will look at this photograph and wonder what their grandmother was like when she was young.
Twenty years old and living one of the greatest adventures of her life.
Unsure of what the future would bring, and perhaps even a bit unsure of herself sometimes; but always trusting the One who plans her tomorrows; always clinging to the Hands that painted the stars and hold tears that fall.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Glow sticks on the beach.

It's been awhile since we paid a visit to the Kingfisher and had a cup of Jaliya's amazing coffee. I went with my family this evening to hang out with our friends there. After dinner, my sisters and I ran up and down the beach chucking glow sticks and each other and at Santah (who was supposed to be working at the time). He claimed he only wanted one to take home to his daughter, but then ran around playing tag with us like a little kid. Jaliya took some glow sticks home for his kids too. I'm sweaty and covered in sand, but had the best night.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Chili today, Hot tamale

More still life photography. My school assignment is to photograph kitchen utensils. I've been playing around with different tools used in a typical Sri Lankan kitchen: coconut scraper, string hopper steamers, coconut shell spoons, to name a few. This is a grinding stone, used for crushing chilies and mixing together garlic and curry powder for cooking.

Friday, January 22, 2010

In the Kitchen

Lately I've been working on a series of still life portraits for my photography course. Behold: the wisk!

My sister, Kelly, who is quite the cooking aficionado, had this to say: "See? There is nothing boring about a wisk."

Thursday, January 21, 2010


On the way to the beach with my mom and sisters this afternoon. Snapped this while wading across the lagoon.

Bleached Flora

Day one of the 365 Snap-A-Day project. I would like to show you the world as I see it, through the lens of my camera, and will attempt to post one photo for every day this year. Or maybe more than one. I take a lot of photographs.

This plant grows in my backyard. It's one of my favorites because it's so bright and colorful.