The wall is dividng the safe place I stand on from the air – is dividing me from free falling over the edge. It also divides the fort from the ocean. And somwhere at the horizon, the ocean is divided from the sky. It is still a sharp division – even when from where I stand it all looks blurred. But backt to what is here right in front of me. The thick stone walls, heated up by the sun, are part of the Galle Fort (Sri Lanka). This massive big walls go down a long way into the Indian Ocean. And they must have seen a lot in their past. The Galle Fort was built 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The last harsh time these old walls had to endure was the 2004 tsunami. Imagine what all they would tell us, if these walls could talk! Imagine the number of ships these walls must have seen, standing with their feet in the water all day, every day since 427 years.
Today the fort is a place where young couples hang around, a place to go for a run, to sit around with your friends, and just to be and let your soul fly over the waves. If you stand at the point where this photos where taken, you see the Indian Ocean right in front of you and the noisy town down on your right. You hear the crushing of the waves louder than the honking sounds from the bustling town. It is indeed a relaxing place and you long to just sit there and enjoy the moment. But then you have this camera in your hand and some young men start feeding these crows. And to make the situation even better: This all happens at time for sunset.
The crows fly right over the edge of the steep massiv walls. Since there is kind of an inlet in the wall the wind blows in a unsteady way, seducing the birds to do some real aristic stuff. Of corse the young men feeding the birds by throwing small pieces of bread into the air help to make the art of flying perfect to me and my camera.
The silouette of the dark crows showing off their skills in front of this sky, so wonderfully beautiful, does not let any photographer relax. It was just stunnig to watch and made me click one more and one more and one more…
To watch this happening is kind of like meditating with your camera. It is half light and half dark in a ever-changing way. And nothing else for a few mintues. Half light and half dark – that’s all what you need in this exact moment.
“When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.”
Amit Ray, Author & Yogamaster
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”