We arrived at Ta Prohm Temple around 6:30 a.m. Ta Prohm was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found. The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of the most popular temples. Unesco placed Ta prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992.
We were the only ones there. It was nice to wander around without a lot of people getting into your photos. This is the temple with the famous tree roots of the East Gopura. We had a doggy companion who followed us all around. There was a nun sitting at the shrine. I could see her through this tunnel. I spent a lot of time trying to get the photo I wanted. Dave was bugging me the whole time -do this, do that until I finally told him to leave me alone – that I would do it my way. After that, he moved away and I enjoyed myself a lot more. He only bothered Shawn one time – trying to explain how to use manual. Shawn always uses auto focus so he didn’t know what Dave was talking about. Then he messed up Shawn’s camera settings. Shawn was so irritated. I finally fixed whatever was wrong. After that one incident, he more or less left Shawn to himself. Dave is so busy talking about himself that he never asks you anything. If he were smart, he would ask us how he could help us and what we wanted. Mostly, he comes up and looks at my settings and says that they are wrong. Anyways, besides that little incident, all went well and we enjoyed meandering around the temple and seeing the unusual tree roots.
These are awesome Dianne!
Can you take a shot of the whole temple?
Wow!!! What tremendous pictures. It must be fantastic to see them in person. Your shots look great to me. Never mind Dave. Do your own thing. It’s not like you are an armature. You have been taking pictures a good long time. Keep sending them. How are Shawn’s pictures. I know he takes really good ones too. J
Wow those roots are crazy! Is the guide a photographer or something? Why does he keep interfering with your cameras??
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I’d never heard of this tree before. Do you know anything about its history? What about the building the roots cover? Fascinating and creepy at the same time. Too bad about Dave. Could you just say that you’ll let him know when you need help? Maybe he thought you and Shawn were novices 😝 little does he know!
The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm, and “have prompted more writers to descriptive excess than any other feature of Angkor.” Two species predominate, but sources disagree on their identification: the larger is either the silk-cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra) or thitpok Tetrameles nudiflora, and the smaller is either the strangler fig (Ficus gibbosa). or Gold Apple (Diospyros decandra). Indulging in what might be regarded as “descriptive excess,” Angkor scholar Maurice Glaize observed, “On every side, in fantastic over-scale, the trunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards under a shadowy green canopy, their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and their endless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants.”