The Mudhouse is located in the evergreen ‘Intermediate Dry Zone’ forests around Anamaduwa in North Western Sri Lanka.
The area receives less annual rainfall than many parts of the lush ‘Wet Zone’ regions of the country, and its beautiful landscape reflects this difference.
Vast networks of man-made ‘tanks’ (lakes) are used to irrigate the paddy fields and support village life – a system remaining unchanged since the times of the ancient kings thousands of years ago.
Often a picture of splendid serenity, the lakes are focal points for villages and essential to humans and animals alike.
The region is predominantly flat, with the exception of a handful of vast rocky outcrops.
In recent years, as seems to be the case globally, some very unusual things have been happening to the weather patterns we had become accustomed to. Monsoons have been known to be totally dry while periods that were traditionally hot and and arid can now include deluges of tropical rain.
To put it simply; we can’t predict the weather or define seasons with any degree of confidence or accuracy any more. Anything could happen at any time. While much of the imagery on this website was captured when our lakes were full, there are periods in most years where both our lakes completely dry up.
A lot of our conservation efforts focus on water retention and redirection and and we are seeing continuous improvements in environmental resistance. It’s just still not quite enough yet but we will continue to nurture this process.
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