Jaffna, Ceylon 1905-1907

… a country of sand and sun, an enormous blue sky stretching away unbroken to an immensely distant horizon. Many people dislike the arid sterility of this kind of Asiatic low country. But I lived in it for many years, indeed for most of my time in Ceylon, and it got into my heart and into my bones. Its austere beauty, its immobility and unchangeableness except for minute modulations of light and colour beneath the uncompromising sun, the silence, the emptiness, the melancholia and so the purging of the passions by complete solitude.

the lagoon Jaffna (2)

Leonard Woolf: Growing: 1904-11

photo copyright S P R Hoyle

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