Nature takes it's course ~ Ta Som temple
Jan 7 2002

A great many of the trees that invade the temples at Angkor are impossible to remove, so embedded in the masonry are their roots that stone and wood are almost one. In many cases these trees eventually die and bring walls and buildings tumbling down. Conservation efforts focus a great deal of energy on clearing jungle growth from the temples and keeping it at bay. Nevertheless, many scenes such as these exist and are the most popular spots for pictures as they conjure up ideas of what it might have been like when European explorers 'discovered' this 'abandoned' city in the mid-19th century.

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