Tuesday, March 2, 2010
the sluice gates of the Minneriya tank
The photo above looks as if the water is flowing towards the camera, but in fact it is going in the other direction, and the force of the water from the sluice is pushing the water away and up into a kind of high wave.
I went on Saturday to the place where the water exits the Minneriya tank, hoping that when the gates are closed, the fish that have been washed down would surface for us to catch our dose of protein.
The date of 1957 on the gate is when this tank was restored to its former glory in order to feed the fertile plains, in much the same way it did during King Mahasena's time when the tank was first built.
We got there in the morning and there were already other people gathering for the same thing, to catch fish. We laid the nets across the water and waited for the gates to gradually close.