Photo of the Week: Stone Face

IMG_4352Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom, also known as the “Great City” was the last capital of the Khmer empire.  The city was founded by Jayavarman VII, one of Angkor’s greatest kings who came to power in 1181 AD, ruling his city of over a million people. The spectacular Bayon temple was built at the heart of the ancient capital as the official Buddhist temple.

Pictured above are the distinctive stone faces atop the towers of the temple.  The serene smiling face of the bodhisattva faces outward, keeping a sharp watch at each compass point. After almost a thousand years, these stone carvings are still awe-inspiring to look at.

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Photo of the Week: Overgrown Roots

IMG_5038Siem Reap, Cambodia

I’ve seen many iconic images of overgrown roots spreading over dilapidated temples in photographs and movies like Tomb Raider over the years.  So when I finally got to see it with my own eyes, I was beyond excited. So excited, in fact that I jumped over a step leading into the temple, tripped and came tumbling down, camera and all. I got a nasty bruise, a few scrapes, and hundreds of pictures to remember this place by.

Ta Prohm is one of the many Angkor temples that was abandoned and reclaimed by nature when the Empire fell in the 17th century.  When it was rediscovered later, this popular temple was left untouched by archaeologists, leaving it in it’s natural state.  Massive silk-cotton trees grew tall over the broken down buildings, their large canopy blocking out the sun and the rest of the world. The gigantic gnarly roots twist over the grounds reaching through walls and windows, intertwining and becoming one with the temple. The weight of nature sits heavily on the man-made building causing it to bow down from the burden over centuries ago.

As you walk through the rubble and climb over trees, you can’t help but feel like one of the early explorers. This strange, haunted place indelibly made an impression that will forever be etched into my mind.

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Photo of the Week: Sunrise

IMG_4770Siem Reap, Cambodia

This picture was taken in the early morning at Angkor Wat.  We sat, along with hundreds of other photo aficionados, patiently waiting for the sun to peak out from the dark horizon. As the sun rose over the the ancient empire, the rich colors layered on top of each other creating an effect like the sky and the water were on fire. We were rewarded with this beautiful, unforgettable sight.

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Photo of the Week: Bygone times

A walk through the past.Siem Reap, Cambodia

This photo of 3 Buddhist monks strolling through the Bayon Angkor Thom in Cambodia brings to mind images of a bygone time and a bygone empire. Bayon is one of the many temples in Angkor we’ve visited while we were in Siem Reap province.   The Bayon’s most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers. Angkor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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