The weather is getting cooler and it is the right time for hiking.
Last Sunday, we went for hiking in the northern part of Hong Kong, close to the border with mainland China. While we saw some beautiful scenery, we also came across some abandoned or collapsed houses.
This abandoned house with banyan tree roots all over the walls really stunned us. For a moment, I was reminded of what I saw in Ta Prohm, Cambodia – the taking over of the temple ruins by the giant roots!
All I could see were three tree stumps on top of the roof; apparently, the trees trunks had been cut off and the roots were left to wither.
The house was built of stones before WWII and had a coat of plaster on the outside. Some of the plaster have now peeled off, leaving the inside exposed.
I couldn’t help wondering what had happened to those who lived in the house – why did they abandon the house and where had they gone; anything to do with roots???
I was overjoyed yesterday when I accidentally discovered my Angkor Wat photos which I thought were lost for the last six years.
We took a trip to Angkor Wat in March 2007 and were totally fascinated by what we saw.
One of the places we stopped by was Ta Prohm, a beautiful temple built in Bayon style in the 12th and 13th centuries and has been left pretty much the same condition which it was found. However, this temple has been taken over by large trees and their massive roots, making it pretty dang cool looking.
The large tree shown in the photo is the silk-cotton tree. This temple has been used as a location for the film Tomb Raider. The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors.
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.
The image was taken using a Nikon D40 entry level DSLR camera which came to the market just a few months before the trip. I must say it is not of the best quality but it does show the temple’s details and the eerie qualities.