Rootless

Angkor

Angkor, Cambodia

The Ta Prohm temple area is covered in trees but interestingly these trees grow from above.  Seeds land in the upper branches of a tree and then grow down to the ground. As they grow they wrap themselves around the host trees trunk, slowly engulfing and encasing the trunk until the host tree dies. Sometimes the tree finds it difficult to find its way to the ground and creates something hauntingly beautiful, like over this doorway.

Angkor

I think I have covered enough of the darker sides to visiting Cambodia. It is an amazing country and shouldn’t be missed when travelling through south-east Asia. One of the biggest motivators for people to travel to the country is also worth a mention. In this case pictures speak louder than words has never been more true.

Outside of Siem Reap is the temple complex of Angkor, a UNESCO heritage site with beauty that exceeds your imagination. Each temple different to the last, the momentous task of construction and the smallest details that you would think were beyond the abilities of any human being. From Ta Prohm where the trees have taken over, to the smiling faces of Bayon, to the iconic towers of Angkor Wat, each temple a symbol to those who constructed them those many years ago.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Related reading:

The Treasure of  Angkor

Roots

And now, I feel my great roots Unearthed.

The connection between something man-made and something natural, in some cases it can be difficult to see the difference. In Ta Prohm temple it is very common to see trees growing over and through parts of the temples structure. Beautiful as one engulfs the other.

Siem reap, Cambodia

Siem reap, Cambodia