Heads of Kings and Heads of Buddhas

This is the entryway to one of Angkor Wat’s grand gates in Cambodia. This is the most well-preserved area. Most heads from other areas have either been stolen by treasure hunters or removed by the communists during the period of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot.
Heads of Kings and Heads of Buddhas

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The Long Hall of the Temple

This was shot in the outer cloister of Angkor Wat at about 3 PM. When standing in the sunny part, it was about 102 degrees, and in the shady part, it was a much cooler 101 degrees.

The Long Hall of the Temple

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The Secret Cave, Enshrouded in Roots

This overgrown enclosure was found deep in the jungles of Cambodia, which is about 99% of Cambodia.
The Secret Cave, Enshrouded in Roots

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Grooming and Bugs

I found these two monkeys (male and female) by themselves preening one another in the late afternoon in the jungles of Cambodia.

Grooming and Bugs

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The Buddha King of Angkor Wat

Each of the 23 towers of Angkor Thom, one of the largest sub-cities inside Angkor Wat, is covered with these faces. Like many of the remaining ruins, this one was built by king Jayavarman VII, whose face has been combined with Buddha’s throughout the city to create a combined royal and religious imposing presence that permeates the city.
The Buddha King of Angkor Wat

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The Secret Passageway to the Treasure

 

Daily Photo – The Secret Passageway to the Treasure

After the crowds of Angkor Wat, it was nice to go find a remote temple in the jungle and be alone. This temple laid under the jungle, completely undiscovered for centuries.

The hallway and mysterious chambers seemed to go on forever.

BTW, if you go to Angkor Wat and you want a good tour guide, contact “Eath Soratanak.” You can call him “Tak.” He can be reached at ratanak_eath@yahoo.com or at (855) 92 725 552. He speaks English almost as well as Sir Anthony Hopkins and has an accent somewhere between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Larry Flynt.

The Secret Passageway to the Treasure

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  • Date Taken
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  • Aperturef/4.0
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length10mm (15mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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One Dollar, Sir!

I arrived at this remote Cambodian temple late in the afternoon and was immediately descended upon by about a dozen children, all offering me locally made goods for $1.

"One dollar sir! One dollar sir!" they all whined, offering me baskets full of beads.

"You are so handsome!" they all screamed. I asked them if I could pay them $1 to follow me around all day and yell that aloud. I thought that would be a real bargain to bring them into meetings with me and have them in the corner constantly commenting on how good-looking I am.

I happened to be sitting there for several minutes trying to swap out my lens, and these two girls were the most persistant and the best salespeople. I asked if I could give them each a dollar, pick out a few bracelets, and take their photograph. They (obviously) happily agreed!
One Dollar, Sir!

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Streaming Light at the Fortified Gatehouse

This gatehouse sits on one side of the moat of Angkor Wat. We were not supposed to be inside the gate this late but my monk friend has some pull with the locals.

Streaming Light

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The Crypt at Sunset

Sunset on a hilltop near Angkor Wat.

The Crypt at Sunset

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Meditation Tower

Monks at Angkor Wat…

Meditation Tower

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