The Guardian of Enlightenment

It was my second day in the wats of Angkor and I was back to explore the edges of the vast complex. One turn and another, a room within a room, I quickly became lost, which is altogether a great thing in these sorts of situations. Even better, as those of you that know me already understand, there was not a single tourist around to ruin the mood out deep in hidden recesses.

I came upon this meditating pilgrim, who had created her own little shrine area where the unexpected Hindu god statues had been absconded from the altar. She continued on, chanting in her particular Brahmanistic offshoot meme that seemed to bring her enough peace to allow me to pass after careful examination.

The Guardian of Enlightenment

The second shot below is after I finally made it back outside, I sat down for a rest, and then decided to set up for a timed shot. My mom and sister always like to see more shots of me on the blog… so here you go! :)

Adventuring in Cambodia (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • Susan

    Way to go posting a super good pic of you!

  • Hicchan

    Ahh, I’d wondered what you look like!

  • http://www.pmwfotos.blogspot.com p.m.w

    oh i just saw this now, what a great foto of you and such a great shot of the powerful meditation, it makes you feel like you’re right in front of her, my favourite shot and she’s looking at you too wondering when you’re going to be finished…but let’s you take the shot, just wonderful Trey!

  • DEE

    Quite a contrast of the two pictures. I like both of them.

  • LOVERBOY

    AGAIN,GREAT SHOTS.REALLY ENJOY LOKKING AT YOUR STUFF..

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks… appreciate it. Glad you like them so loudly loverboy! :)

  • http://www.mdsimages.blogspot.com Michael S.

    Trey, dude, your hilarious! love your last comment……god I’m still laughing…

  • http://www.nuwomb.com scott webb

    Kind of a random question.

    Do you ever plan to set up any kind of photography travel workshop? Hardly a workshop but a group of photographers traveling together to then see how they can learn from one and other? A collaborative maybe. I don’t know the specific wording.

    Or have you ever participated in one or more of these?

    Love the shot. I feel it displays the importance of the location.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Haha Michael :)

    Scott – I’ve toyed with the idea of organizing a Adventure in Photography Trip to the Galapagos next year some time. Shoot all day, post process all night… good food and adventure… I might make a post some time to see who might be interested! :)

  • val

    I like your ideas, thoughts, and the images you capture….I’ve only looked at a couple of shots, everynow and then…stumbled on your site because of the work I do. Nice pics

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thank you val!

  • ftw

    I know about the request from your mom and sister. I do the same with my son who travels a lot. (Where have you been, what did you see?..and how did you fit in?) You seem to be about his age and very hamdsome too. I learn a lot from your pictures and enjoy them immensely, including the ones above. Thanks much!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Haha funny – thanks ftw :)

  • Allie

    Not only are all of your pictures incredible and enlightening but you’re adorable. I love looking at your photos and reading your commentary. I’m jealous! I wish I could travel and experience the amazing places and things you do. Please keep the experiences going :) I’m living vicariously through you!

  • http://cc.neth@yahoo.com chin

    awesome for cambodia, thx for all the news. anyway, also love ur pic.

  • Kimberley Hughes

    love the photos of angkor wat…one of my favourite places I have visited and the photos bring back sooo many memories! Tuk tuks, monkeys and monks filimg us on phones…anythings possible in cambodia huh!
    Keep going your photos are amazing
    and nice piccie of you!
    Kim x

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gemma-Hood/223707572 Gemma Hood

    love the photos of angkor wat…one of my favourite places I have visited and the photos bring back sooo many memories! Tuk tuks, monkeys and monks filimg us on phones…anythings possible in cambodia huh!
    Keep going your photos are amazing
    and nice piccie of you!
    Gemma x

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