Early morning view of Kandalama lake near Dambulla, a most quiet place set in a pristine rainforest surrounded by beautiful green mountains.
Actually it's a reservoir created by constructing a dam across the River Mirisgoniya Oya.
This ancient irrigation reservoir supplies the farmlands, supports fishery and provides drinking water to the cultivators.
During the rainy season, when the lake attains its greatest elevation, the area of ground over which the inundation extends may be computed at fifteen square miles.
As Charles Pridham of British Ceylon said in 1849
"This work of art sufficiently indicates that at some very remote period Ceylon was a densely peopled country, and under a government sufficiently enlightened to appreciate the execution of an undertaking which, to men ignorant of mechanical powers, must have been a Herculean operation; for such is the capricious nature of the mountain streams of this island, where heavy rains frequently fall for many successive days without intermission, that no common barrier would suffice to resist the great and sudden pressure that must be sustained on such occasions."
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Romano46 (18472) 2013-04-09 10:49
una foto eccellente che è uno splendido annuncio di primavera.
Complimenti per la perfetta composizione e l'esecuzione pregevole che valorizza i colori del lago e del prato.
Un eccellente lavoro che è tra le foto più belle proposte oggi, se non la più bella.
Ciao e buona serata
leo61 (0) 2013-04-09 10:55
It`s now about 30 years ago that I have been there but it seems the lake has still it`s calm atmosphere.
The lake was close to my accommodation and i remember me swimming there with my local guide.
Good composition with the diagonal of the shore, the nice tree and it`s reflections.
PaulVDV (24415) 2013-04-09 11:03
This place looks certainly very quiet and peaceful.
I like the attractive composition of the picture very much in which the tree at the left is a real eye-catcher. It's standing completely in the water and thereby allowing a nice and almost full reflection in the lake.
The picture has also an excellent DOF.
Best regards, Paul
lousat (82572) 2013-04-09 11:07
Hi Marina,a great memory for me,i been there 19 years ago and it's nice to see again this place taken in a magic moment and whit this fantastic quality! Beautiful atmosphere and great exposure,details and colors,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
cornejo (35833) 2013-04-09 11:09
Hi Marina, lovely view of this beautiful and interesting postcard beautiful lake, very well captured with great POV, excellent and lovely in this photograph. Wonderful image of a beautiful place, very good sharpness, depth, light and color. An excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
rbassin (19940) 2013-04-09 11:16
Une très belle image prise au matin.
Il règne un calme favorisé par la lumière douce;
c'est bien vu, une superbe composition.
gojo (1769) 2013-04-09 11:23
My compliments, a wonderful photo.
Communicates the feeling of being there.
emilbo (22616) 2013-04-09 12:04
Très jolie photo et belle atmosphère de tranquillité matinale. Il valait la peine de te lever tôt pour prendre cette magnifique scène. Bonne composition et excellente exposition. J'aime bien l'arbre placé au bon endroit sur la photo.
joso (2417) 2013-04-09 12:41
a poem, so delicate, I'm almost afraid to look at it, not to brake it...
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-04-09 13:43
What a beautiful capture of nature and its reflection. Wonderful work. Perfect executed image with magnificent colors, sharpness, clarity and excellent pov. Congratulation. Tfs.
carlo62 (38707) 2013-04-09 14:32
gran bella composizione, un bellissimo scatto.
L'atmosfera è di romantica tranquillità, un vero piacere per la vista.
npecanhuk (70034) 2013-04-09 20:45
Lovely, charming and peaceful-looking picture!
Soft light & colors, level of sharpness, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Miguel82 (26541) 2013-04-10 1:33
So beautiful sunrise on this lake Marina, it worths to get up very early to see the landscape
Great shot, good exposition, colors
Kamilutka (8105) 2013-04-10 1:44
even without reading the title one can tell it is an early morning - you captured the mood of the moment very well. I like serenity and peaceful atmosphere of this scene very much. Nice and simple composition and lovely subtle colors. The pinkish sky is a real add on to this picture.
Thanks for sharing
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-04-10 2:16
magnificent scene,where we can almost feel the tranquility and g´hear the silence of the scene.You were able to convey these features perfectly.Perfectly composed and above all-exposed.Despite this stil subdued morning light you brought out excellently all details.
Have a good day
dkmurphys (52707) 2013-04-10 3:31
Very attractive scene. I like the atmopshere and the colors. Well taken.
brianmcc (6219) 2013-04-10 14:17
the stillness in this picture is stunning in the early morning light. the lone tree standing in the water is fantastic and a lovely focal point. perfect framing and composition.
williewhistler (15571) 2013-04-11 2:07
you have balanced the composition really well with the tree and its reflection taking centre stage,the curved shore line across the diagonals works nicely whilst the distant cloud capped hills give a nice depth to the shot.
A most tranquil scene very well portrayed.
Kielia (24073) 2013-04-11 5:06
what a wonderful image! Very beautiful light, fascinating colors and a wonderful mood that is very well conveyed and felt by the viewer. The composition is outstanding. This is really a very fine photo that has deserved more attention!
willperrett (8303) 2013-04-11 12:10
You do get about, don't you? This is an absolutely lovely dawn landscape, beautifully balanced by your impeccable framing. Love the subtle colour nuances in the sky, and the peace that emanates from the photograph.
baddori (20011) 2013-04-11 13:42
Una foto emblematica e allo stesso di perfetta composizione. L'altro emisfero da considerare "bene" per me europeo che cattende l'estate-
Waylim (25368) 2013-04-11 18:05
Not only a nice photo, what I really like is the mood you have captured here. The sunset light, the hazy and humid air. As the evening come, it washed away the heat of the day. I can feel the tropical atmosphere. The tree is well placed off center for a nice composition. Really beautiful and subtle colors and tone.
mirosu (15302) 2013-04-11 20:40
Your photo is presenting an excellent tranquil landscape in perfect light and colors. You´ve placed the main point of interest, the tree, to the side of the frame which really does strengthen things and creates excellent balance. The beautiful reflections in water add a nice hue to the scene. Greetings Miro
claudeD (35469) 2013-04-12 4:01
wonderful early morning picture from Sri Lanka with a very fine composition and much atmosphere.I like the view very much.TFS.
With regads from Luxembourg
Fis2 (90015) 2013-04-12 12:51
Excellent composition and colors.
I like reflection.
mvdisco (17784) 2013-04-12 14:43
A beautiful landscape well composed with nice tone of naturel colors and light,
nice reflection of the tree in a calm water on the lake,
Very well done.
macjake (61442) 2013-04-12 22:51
this is the perfect photo to end my day with as i'm heading to bed now.
the scene is very tranquil and calming, just what I need to fall asleep :)
I wish I were here though, as the scene looks so breath taking.
I bet its really quiet here too.
love the reflection and the overall atmosphere.
enjoy your weekend
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-14 0:49
A beautiful scene. Perfectly well framed the details and colors. Very well done.
karacabeylis (1465) 2013-04-15 12:34
a wonderful composition with splendid colors. great job.
bayno (18344) 2013-04-16 19:44
Ciao Marina, i like so much the compo here, wonderful light and great peaceful atmosphera, excellent dept and fine details....greetings from Rajsthan....
mesutilgim (89100) 2013-04-17 13:08
Amazing scenery, amazing capture.
A scenery full of serenity perfectly given.
TFS and best regards
Cricri (111403) 2013-04-18 10:32
Quelle merveilleuse image, tant pour sa composition, ces couleurs, la douceur des reflets et de la lumière, très jolie
fritzi007 (8695) 2013-04-20 10:16
действительно очень хорошее представление о вашем мире фото источает, я очень рад!
Это только попытка
Желаю вам хороших выходных
ines8 (6112) 2013-04-20 14:36
What a beautiful and sensitive image!A wonderful composition and presentation.
ourania (36386) 2013-04-21 9:26
a beautiful natural scenery captured with great subtlety and skill. The balance of your composition matches superbly the harmony of the scenery and its calm atmosphere at this particular hour of the day. The sense of depth is wonderful and I also like very much the exquisite rendering of the contrasting textures and colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
daddo (25817) 2013-05-03 2:30
Hi Marina. Enchanting scene. Nicely balanced composition and very well managed light conditions. Serene. Regards. Klaudio.
AdrianWrobel (1676) 2013-06-12 4:06
Witaj, kolory s± cudne i ca³a otoczka . Podobaj± mi siê takie widokówki z krajobrazu. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
danos (90333) 2013-09-06 22:25
a really fascinating and dreamily environment during the coming new day,with the lonely tree to be placed perfect in the frame.I like the calmness and the tranquility of the scene with the colour tints of the sky to make the image unique.
RHave a good weekend,danos
gus72 (3719) 2013-11-09 14:03
Hi Marina !!
what...... I have not voted for this photo before...... I must be blind.....
it is .... just beautiful.... the tree is so delicate and it fits perfect with the profile of the land.
It has mood and beauty....... you got yourself a beauty.....
also... nicely framed
Cheers from Moss Vale