Swallowing the Ruins

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    I made it to the heart of Ta Prohm, an undisturbed Bayon ruin out the outskirts of Angkor Wat. It was late in the day and there was a break in the afternoon summer showers.

    To me, the best thing about these temples and ruins is that you can go anywhere, high or low, safe or not. There are hundreds of tiny nooks, old broken stone doors, lost hallways, and mysterious carvings peeking out of the overgrowth. There are no tort-related legal signs barring you from going anywhere... explorer beware. Besides, if you got injured, the jungle and insects would eat you alive before the night was over.

    As soon as I walked into Ta Prohm, the thunder started rumbling around and dappled clouds rolled in. The thunder was extra eerie and chest-thumping inside all the mossy and vegetated old tombs. The rain started and stopped several times, so I would take refuge in crumbling crypts and hallways until the rain let up. I took some wrong turns, but I eventually ended up here with a break in the storm. I popped out with the 10 mm get this shot.

    The temple was built in 1181 AD and was the home to 18 high priests, 615 dancers, and 12,500 people. I don't know why the dancer stats are so important, but there you go.

    from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

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    1. pyxiel 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called + Fangtasia +, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. Sajjad Tufail ( in KL ) 75 months ago | reply

      love old trees, wonderfull hdr.

      also check my photostream. Thanks for your time.

    3. 27ray 75 months ago | reply

      Nice Shot, I've been there... almost exactly
      June 2, Ankor Wat, Cambodia

    4. Harumi Omura 74 months ago | reply

      It's amazing!!

    5. Dimit®i 74 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Finest of... Trees, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Kayble Photography 72 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful. The angle, the colors, and the way the sun is peeking out from the tree...I love this!

    7. BJ31OS Photography [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Flickr Photography Fun, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. loveroni 70 months ago | reply

      Awesome... Hopefully I can get to this level one day!

    9. elizebeth_joy 70 months ago | reply

      This photograph beautifully illustrates how nature can reclaim what man has made. Please consider adding it to the group Nature vs Man.

    10. autumn_fiery_star 68 months ago | reply

      which country is this? Thailand? my geography, unfortunately, is not the best!

    11. Beau Sebastian Scott 68 months ago | reply

      this one is slightly over cooked if i may say so, no?

    12. Intentional Vision 61 months ago | reply

      I like this photo and used it in my blog Real Life Spirituality.

    13. BlacCat 53 months ago | reply

      it's more than excellent , thr is no words to describe it , too amazing !

    14. Geir B Nystad 51 months ago | reply

      Your so good at this, you make me want to puke :) Love it!!!

    15. Mahanokor 48 months ago | reply

      It is called Ta Prohm Temple - One of more that thousand temples in Cambodia. If you see them by your own eyes you would not believe that they all were menmade for more than a thousand years ago during Khmer Empire. Mahanokor

    16. Karamba 2k11 47 months ago | reply

      It look just like an old picture in my grandmothers apartment :) /Bingo

    17. ChasFernandez 43 months ago | reply

      so grand, so beautiful, so awesome!!! :)

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