Shrine on the Summit of Adam’s Peak, and the Shadow of the Peak, Sri Lanka c.1891
Illustration by Constance Gordon-Cumming in her book Two Happy Years in Ceylon, London: Chatto & Windus 1901 (originally published 1892).
“Suddenly, about twenty minutes before sunset, to our intense delight, the far-famed shadow of the Peak fell eastward athwart the plain, like a blue spirit-pyramid resting, not on the ground, but on the atmosphere; for instead of assuming the forms of the mountains, it lay in a faultless triangle (‘an isosceles triangle,’ observed one of the party, last from Oxford), the lines as straight as if they had been ruled, although the object casting the so-called shadow is a ragged cone….
Prosaic speculation as to its cause, found no place in our thoughts while gazing at the base, which each moment grew wider at the base, while lengthening till it touched the ocean on the eastern horizon, and the sun sank beyond the western waves.”
Constance Gordon-Cumming 1892