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Asahi Pentax K1000, images from Angkor

fabulous Angkor Wat complex at         the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor

One of thousands of unique dancers, known as Apsaras, carved as frescos into of walls of the fabulous Angkor Wat complex at the ancient Khmer capital of Angkor

Modern Apsaras peform for tourists at the nearby town         of Siem Reap

Modern Apsaras perform for tourists at the nearby town of Siem Reap, this image being taken through a wine glass for added weirdness....

Ta Prohm is my favourite

Of the many sites that constitute Angkor...and the site covers some 50 square miles, without counting the satellite ruins, Ta Prohm is my favourite. Left in a wonderful tumble down state, with fig trees grappling the ruins in a death grip, the site evokes romantic notions of stumbling across the place as it might have appeared in the 1860s, when it was rediscovered. Though much smaller than the more famous Angkor Wat, it follows established practice with concentric four sided walls, a moat representing the sea and the central Temple Mountain.

One corner of the almost impossibly beautiful Ta Prohm         site

One corner of the almost impossibly beautiful Ta Prohm site, a fig tree perched precariously on the roof of one of the many corridors.

As with many of the images taken here, a great dal of patience waiting for the tourists to clear was required, to give the appropriate abandonned feel. This image taken with the K1000 on it's first visit in 2002, it returned again 2007, by which time the place was significantly busier...

One last look behind as I leave       Ta Prohm across its ruined causway

One last look behind as I leave Ta Prohm across its ruined causway

A Budhist monk's robes glow in the late evening light

A Budhist monk's robes glow in the late evening light as the sun sets on the Angkor Wat Temple Mountain, in 2002.

Though technically re-discoverd by the French in the 1860s, Angkor was never actually fully lost, as the overgrown and diminishing ruins were apparently continuously occupied by a small band of Buddhist monks since the ancient capital was abandonned.

Below, one of the smaller residents who live on the floating villages of the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia.

Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia

This Pentax K1000, is a constant companion on trips, and has accompanied me of every one of my trips for the last 20 years, I rarely find it wanting under any conditions that I am prepared to take pictures in. It has operated faultlessly in temperatures of 42ºC in South East Asia down to -14ºC inside the Artic circle...

 

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