This is our second entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Weathered.
Most tourists only visit the famous restored temples when visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia. However, there are many unrestored temples hidden in the jungle. When we visited Cambodia in 2013, we included a visit to the weathered ruins at Prasat Beng Mealea. As opposed to the main temples where one has the opportunity to make thousands of new friends, some of the outlying temples allow for an undisturbed view of temples long abandoned to weather and time.
Prasat Beng Mealea
This photo was taken on March 25, 2013. Specs are:
Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, 4.5mm.
The Ta Prohm Temple in the Angkor complex in Cambodia is famous because gigantic trees grow from the stone temple. It was the backdrop for the film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and is what most people imagine when they think of an ancient temple hidden in the jungle. The following photo show a human-sized Buddha head almost consumed by tree roots.
To provide context, the next shot show how the trees and tourists are expanding to engulf the temple.
We passed through a rural village as we walked between sites in the Angkor complex. After passing the largest pig we had ever seen in its wallow (and we’ve seen quite a few pigs recently), we came upon a hut where the village monk was receiving some kind of medical treatment. He was happy to have his picture taken and asked our guide if he would be on Facebook.
We hired a local photographer to take us to the best spots for shooting in Angkor in Cambodia. He has a very good eye for composition and we were able to work much more efficiently than we could have on our own.
The only downsides were the crowds (like Disneyworld on a holiday) and the heat. It is cooler than our last visit but still unbelievably hot and humid. There is also a scent of smoke in the air from farmer’s burning chaff from their fields.
Here is one of our rewards from our visit:
Note the seated Buddha inside and the Buddha faces through the window. This photo was taken in the Bayon Temple in the Angkor complex.