Rooted in antiquity (1) by Trevor Needham

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The ancient buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, east of Angkor Thom, Cambodia.

This amazing structure was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries in the Bayon style. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: 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 (thanks Wikipedia).

This temple was used as a location for filming of the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The tree in this shot is, I believe, a silk-cotton tree (Ceiba Pentandra). Please correct me if I’m wrong!

That’s me centre-field. I set up the shot then got my wife, Carol, to click the shutter.


  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallover 6 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thanks Phil!

    – Trevor Needham

  • inAWE
    inAWEover 6 years ago

    This is truly amazing…! the age of this scene is mind boggling… ancient and so full of mystery…… Cambodia has such a dark and stormy history, but is so beautiful too……I would love to go there one day…

  • Well worth the effort. There is so much history there it is hard to take it all in. This was one of the most amazing days I have spent anywhere.

    – Trevor Needham

  • Rachael Lynch
    Rachael Lynchover 6 years ago

    wow what an amazing sight! Im hoping to travel there myself so will make sure I have plenty of memory cards with me!

  • Thanks Rachael – I thoroughly recommend a visit to Siem Riep – there’s a lot more than Ta Prohm to see, though it is definitely one of the highlights.

    – Trevor Needham

  • DeviousLili
    DeviousLiliover 6 years ago

    Congratulations! This image has been Featured in Nature’s Reclamation

  • Hi Stephanie – thanks so much for featuring this pic, it’s always been one of my personal favourites despite the slightly touristy aspect!

    – Trevor Needham

  • annemarieL
    annemarieLover 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot of an amazing tree with an interesting history too! :)

  • Thanks AnneMarie! I’ve been lax – only just saw this comment!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 6 years ago

    Wow – that is an awesome photo and scenery!!! Congrats on your feature!!

  • Thanks Ideiter – much appreciated!

    – Trevor Needham

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballover 6 years ago


  • Thanks JK

    – Trevor Needham

  • Katherine Meyer
    Katherine Meyerover 6 years ago

    wow that is amazing!

  • Thank you Katherine – for looking and for commenting!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Paul Navarrette
    Paul Navarretteabout 6 years ago

    This is an amazing photo, I find it facinating how a tree can take over a house. ?

  • Hey Paul – thanks for the comment. You would find the entire temple of Ta Prohm fascinating then because there are sights like this all over it!

    – Trevor Needham

  • Shaun Swanepoel
    Shaun Swanepoelabout 6 years ago

    Just joined the group, and found this photo. All I can say is “The power of nature” Great shot.

  • I know what you mean – I was entranced the whole time I was there!

    – Trevor Needham

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