We have to travel 5,250 miles southeast to reach the location for our next entry in the B&W Photo Challenge.
The day was sweltering and the midday sun had bleached the color from the jungle surrounding Ta Prohm. This 13th Century temple is part of the Angkor Wat Complex, near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Ta Prohm had been on our list for years and it was one of the primary motivations for our last RTW.
It’s a mysterious and magical place that’s been deliberately left in much the same condition it was found; overgrown with centuries-old kapok trees, strangler figs, and giant creepers. Roaming the ruins conjures up images of the first archaeologists to see the temple, and how amazed and elated they must have been.
For me the beauty in the photo is the almost liquid-look of the smooth textured and lightly colored vines, as well as the contrast between the sinuous creepers and the ornately carved stone. The apocalypse has come and gone, and as always, nature has won.
James & Terri