Trees and Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is a 12th century Buddhist monastery and university that remains overgrown by tall trees. Popular with Angkor tourists, Ta Prohm was featured in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Ta Prohm has the galleries and towers of Bayon.

A tree grows on the roof of a gallery, with its roots snaking down to the ground for food and water. Note the devatas decorating the columns.

tree growing on gallery roof
tree growing on gallery roof

This strangling fig has a network of roots.

And more trees growing on roofs.

And a tree growing into the roof of a tower.

tree roots growing into a tower at Ta Prohm
tree roots growing into a tower at Ta Prohm

A long gallery is lit through the row of columns. And a curiosity. Does this look like a stegosaurus?

Our guide suggested taking a wide angle lens to Ta Prohm. Most of these photos were taken at the lens’s shortest focal length (16mm) to capture the buildings and trees. The park has installed wooden paths and railings to protect the monastery and trees, but the they can get in the way of photos. A short focal length also made it easier to use the hyperfocal distance to keep both (foreground) tree roots and (background) trees and buildings in focus.

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charley280

I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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