Wilpattu National Park

Around these parts, the leopard is the most difficult to find and photograph. Upon the first rumor of a leopard sighting, ten big trucks full of photographers go pounding down the trail in pursuit. It’s hard to imagine any self-respecting leopard staying put, but apparently they consider human activity to be harmless and silly enough to ignore us.

Stupas, ancient ruins and temple dogs

We visited our Sinhala friend whom we met during our Peace Corps service. She showed us around Anuradhapura’s archeological sites and then we enjoyed a delicious supper with her nice family!

This stupa may have lost its top during the 29-year civil war with the Tamil Tigers. There is usually a crest gem at the very top; I’m guessing that whoever shot off the spire did so to get the crest gem.