The magenta of Bougainvillea; the gold-yellow of Cassia; the minimalist mauve of Ageratum; the brazen scarlet of Delonix; the salmon and orange combo of Caesalpinia; the graphite grey of a great crested tern’s back; the happy chestnut of a brahminy’s wings; the dull canvas beige of an oriental garden lizard as, tail raised in an exquisite curl, he races away across the hot cement street: these are the colours of Negombo at the end of a leap year’s February.
This list reveals the scope of my ignorance, as if I ever had any doubt of that. In a brackish pool behind the beach, with several green pond frogs, were two species of fish, but what they were is quite beyond my ken.
great crested tern
oriental garden lizard