The forests of Sinharaja Forest Reserve are breathtaking; with an abundance of wildlife, the reserve is widely considered a biodiversity hotspot, boasting a huge array of endemic and endangered species.
We had just endured another day trekking through the humid jungle and scrambling up slippery jungle pathways, pausing every so often to pull the leeches off our legs (and backs, shoulders, necks and arms) under the weight of cameras, tripods, multiple lenses and everything else we'd need to take full advantage of every photographic opportunity the forest may throw at us.
Tired and in need of a rest but with still a couple of hours of daylight left, the owner of the lodge suggested we follow him to a waterfall less than a few hundred metres down a track into the nearby jungle.
By this point I'd learned that you have to take measurements with a pinch-of-salt in Sri Lanka. A few hundred metres inevitably meant at least 2km, and any suggestions of a time-span should really be doubled for a more realistic estimate . . . but we of course wanted to seize every opportunity, and we trundled off into the jungle once more.