The Lotus at Sunrise

Thank you for all the feedback yesterday. I appreciate it very much; indeed the negative feedback was quite constructive and helpful. Thanks for taking the time, as usual, to share your thoughts.

Now that we are getting back in the normal groove of posting beautiful places and beautiful things, here is a nice one for your Sunday!

This is Angkor Wat in Cambodia at sunrise. I think I went there every single morning around 5 AM to see the clouds and light in different formations. I got to know some of the locals there. A small girl from a family would see me in the dark by the lake, and come over to say hello. She would then bring me a chair and some Vietnamese coffee (quite thick and sweet with condensed milk). I would pay her just a few dollars and she was thrilled… I paid extra to keep the coffee coming in dangerously quick intervals. The sunrise lasted for several hours, and I was in no hurry…

The Sunrise in Siem Reap (by Stuck in Customs)

  • casusan

    Beautiful Trey….what a super place to have that morning coffee!

  • Adam

    Wow, amazing sunrise you have captured Trey! Once again you don’t disappoint with your daily update. Keep ’em coming!

  • I want to go to Angkor Wat. I put that place on my bucket list.

    Beautiful photo Trey!

  • Hello Trey, good morning, that’s what I love about your forum so many things we can talk about, ideas keep flooding my senses, I don’t have enough time to write them all down at once just yet. Your website seems to bring answers to life for me. We went hiking yesterday, found so many interesting things and we made a video too…I loved your video…more videos please! JK but I will try to post for you soon…thank you for the video and radio talk.

  • Wow, what a wonderful sunrise photo, Trey. Certainly worth the wait. How nice of the little girl bringing you coffee, that had to be a treat. Nice way to start out my Sunday morning. Thanks for sharing!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thats an awesome story! Some day I can travel…

  • wonderful capture Trey! I see the shades of coffee you had in those clouds lit by the early sun rays ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the coffee could be tasting similar to Indian Filter coffee…

  • that was a wonderful posting!
    now i am so longing to go there
    wish i could join you one day,buddy!

    from an avid nature lover =)


  • Thanks yall ๐Ÿ™‚

    PMW – Thanks so much – I appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Gail – Yes – I should have gotten a pic of that girl… But I did not have the right lens on, and it was so super-muggy I was kind of afraid to swap them out!

    Mala – Maybe you can make it some day… it should be around for a while!

  • How was it that the sunrise lasted for a few hours? Most of the ones I see are only exceptional for a few minutes.

  • I like jigsaw puzzles and some say I can upload pictures for a puzzle. Is it alright to upload your pictures and credit your name(Trey Ratcliff)???

  • Mikko


    Awesome scenery and shot, as usual.
    I’ve shot some sunups and downs myself and I just keep wondering from how many different shots U have to pick these from? I mean if U were sitting there for several hours U must have atleast a hundred different shots of that morning? Do U analyze them in anyway or do U just pick them with intuition?

    Thank You very much for very inspiring photoblog. Makes me want to better myself in photography.

    – Mikko

  • Matthew – The light before the sun came up changed for about half an hour – and then because of the wild clouds, things kept changing for another 2 hours… I think of the sunrise all the way until the light gets predictable and overhead.

    June – sure thing – no prob – send me a few!

    Mikko – I do take a lot. I process them randomly as long as they are half-way decent… but some I save a long time to process… like the one above.

  • surely one of the must visit place on earth! great shot!

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