The Angkor Temples
09 October 12
Posted at 10:22
Today, as promised sometime ago, a few of my images of the Angkor Temples at Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Angkor Wat - the reason people flock to Siem Reap. I enjoyed visiting the temples at Siem Reap. They are amazing. My stay in Siem Reap was short and circumstances meant I did not visit the temples at the time of day I would have preferred. I would have also preferred to have less people there! but I guess that's a tall order. This image gives a false impression of there not being many folk around but that's an illusion, there were thousands. So the only way to photoraph is to get up close to the fascinating detail.
This is the largest Hindu complex in the world and was built in the 12th Century. Angkor Wat is so popular it appears on the Cambodian national flag.
Angkor Thom is another of the popular temples. It is populated with numerous smiling Buddhas facing every direction.
Angkor Thom Buddhas
My favourite temple is Ta Phrom. The trees give it a surreal atmosphere.
Ta Phrom the trees, these are Silk Cotton Tres (ceiba pentandra), dwarf the buildings which are not small.
This is an iconic image of Ta Phrom featuring a tomb engulphed by the roots of a Strangler Fig (ficus gibbosa). Strangler figs and silk cotton trees dominate the temples and landscapes making this place like no where else on earth. No wonder it was chosen as the location to fim Tomb Raider.
Another strangler fig swallowing up a wall at Ta Phrom.
And to finish a couple of images repeated having been processed with HDR toning and other spurious actions.