Singapore & Cambodia 2007 (part 3)

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A few of our friends recommended seeing Bantay Srei temple at sunrise, so our guide and driver kindly obliged by picking us up at 4:30am the following morning. It was already warm, though we arrived well in advance of the first rays.
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Since Cambodia is near the equator, the sun comes up every day around 6am and goes down around 6pm -- no daylight savings, either.
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First light on the temple. The little light is a candle next to the Buddha inside.

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If there was an inside to these places, we weren't allowed access.

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Most of the temples we saw had double-walls.
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The temple is in the background for scale.
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A nicely framed shot.
Owner Elizabeth
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A bit over-exposed, but that was my fault, not our guide's.
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The sun is still not quite up.
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Here we have an HDR shot to capture some of the first rays.
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This temple was also surrounded by a moat.
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I wonder if the ancient residents kept their moats clean or not?

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The outer wall from the outer bank.
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Bantay Srei
Ahh... This is what we came to see!
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Sanskrit that explains the meaning of life or something.

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Taking turns posing.
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Look! I'm a-door-able. And just so witty, besides.
Owner Elizabeth
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I like the upside-down god sleeping under the demon. I looked and they don't carry this cornice at Home Depot, unfortunately.

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The entry passage.
Owner Elizabeth

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Many of the unplaced artifacts were marked and cataloged for later re-assembly.

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The little shop-village by the temple.
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Rush hour in Cambodia.

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Eliz had a delicious soup for breakfast. I had some oddly-shaped pancakes with honey. Yum!

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Later that morning, we visited this other temple whose name neither of us can recall. Should have written it down...
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It also had a nice causeway, which seemed to lead off in a disused direction.
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I'm more spritely than I look. (OK, I jumped about two feet.)
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Like the temple at Angkor Wat, this one seemed to be built to hold water in a pool.

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A worker was clearing grass and other growth off the roof while we were there.

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Here's a nice detail of one of the many-headed serpents (Nagas) that were everywhere. This one is missing at least two heads on one side, probably lost in a battle with a multi-headed mongoose.
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I was thinking the space below was either a pool in ancient times or possibly miniature golf.

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The ancient Khmers had some of the best-aligned doors in the known world. This one was a par three.
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Another HDR image, which would look spectacular on an HDR display. You should really get one.
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One of the many "little bearded guys" as Eliz likes to call them.
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I think there was a Buddha in the vacant throne at one time....
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Demons always have the munchies, it seems.
Owner Elizabeth
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I suppose using a lawn mower is out of the question.

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Before there were factories, people made a lot of things by hand. Or so I've been told.
Owner Elizabeth

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I fit right in. Really.
Owner Elizabeth
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We saw many of these curiously-shaped rocks imbedded in the ground.

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I tried to get a photo of one of these brilliant yellow-green butterflies, but never succeeded, so I had to settle for a broken wing. (I didn't pull it off, I swear!)
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No, they're not playing checkers. Eliz is shopping little figurines from a quiet land-mine victim.
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Streetside markets were everywhere.

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And you wouldn't believe all the tourists!

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This seemed a typical Cambodian home, complete with chickens and cows and dogs, all wandering about the unfenced property.

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Interesting horn design. Clearly there to discourage large predators from biting on the top of the neck.
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We saw many a dandy rooster.
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Preah Rup
Like many of the rebuilt temples, ordinary bricks were substituted for the original stones if they were lost or unusable.

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The views from the top were spectacular, not just of Preah Rup, but the surroundings as well.
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They just look so climbable, don't they?
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I wonder what used to be inside the temples, if anything?

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The steps were steep!
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Another double-wall.
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How do they decide when they're done with the reconstruction? When they're out of blocks? When they're out of money?

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Here are some more blocks if you need them.
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Another marketplace targeting tourists. I'll let you know if I see any.

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One of the off-duty salespeople.

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Some of the silk-cotton trees were quite impressive.
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Ta Prohm is probably the most famous ruin, and has been filmed many times, most notably in the opening sequence of the first "Indiana Jones."

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I'm not sure whether they intend to rebuild this temple or not, but they had props and scaffolding here and there to keep it from collapsing on us.
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Ta Prohm
This is probably my favorite shot of the temple.
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Elizabeth took many photos this day, including these.
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Some non-tourists.
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Now, this place has roots!
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Don't meditate too long...
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Gate crasher.
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A holey man.
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I wonder how some of these seedlings got going atop a stone building?
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The place was actually swarming with tourists, so getting a photo like this required a lot of patience.
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Cool, eh?
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A green, furry demon.

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The structures were surprisingly sturdy, considering how parts would collapse against walls, and the walls would take it.
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I suppose these are linga, though they're a bit stubby.
Owner Elizabeth

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Everyone else was getting their photo taken here, so I took a turn as well.
Owner Elizabeth
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Most of our fellow tourists were Asian: either Japanese, Chinese, or Korean.
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I love the layout of Ta Prohm, and the way it's almost part of the jungle.
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Note how the roots actually grow between the masonry.
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This is one of my favorite doorway shots.
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And this is one of the best for HDR -- over 4 orders of magnitude, count 'em!
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Walls that thwarted many an army proved no match for The Trees.
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Land mine victims playing music and taking donations.

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Tourist mart #7.

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I loved this gateway.

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"Ummm... Kids? Try not to lean on the walls too much."
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The holey head from inside.
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Banteay Kdei
Mao took this shot of us from a good angle; he seems to know them all.
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This place was so cool.
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Eliz took most of the detail shots, except this one (I think).

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A warrior.
Owner Elizabeth
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A lovior.
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The Kmer's did have a thing for long sight lines.
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We finished up early this day, before it got really hot.
Owner Elizabeth
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More doorways!
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The different lichens growing on the carvings added to their richness.
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I love the details in this shot.
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I wonder what kind of roof the monastery used to have?
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Not really a dancing Shiva, since she's missing a pair of arms...
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No sale today.
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Another well-adored Buddha.
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And well-adorned as well.
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A typical window view.
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Lions and Nagas surrounded the other entrance.
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This shiva-linga was by an adjuct library in front of Banteay Kdei.
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The gateway to the temple, with the road beyond.

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A very long stone wall, still standing after millenia.

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The gateway from the outside.

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The food market where Mao brought us for some authetic Cambodian fare.

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Deciding what to get.

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Back at our modest hotel.

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Sunset over the driving range.
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A final buffet breakfast.
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My favorite table.

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My food choices.

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Me, about to enjoy them.
Owner Elizabeth
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Eliz, enjoying hers.
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On our stop in Hong Kong -- 8 hours' travel down, just 15 hours to go....
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