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In the Cambodian jungle around Angkor Wat, the 12th century city ruins have been encroached upon by huge kapok trees whose roots run wherever they like, and whose height can reach 200 feet.


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  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 3 years ago

    Amazing capture….looks like something from Grimms Fairytails.

  • d
    this place was mind bogglingly beautiful with these type incursions by the trees common.

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Awesome shot, Phil

  • thanks steph,
    the size of the trees and their growth over, under, and around structures was impressive to see

    – phil decocco

  • jules572
    jules572over 3 years ago

    Great shot Phil, did you see the kapok tree in Palarmo in the park, it’s huge…Jules

  • jules
    I did, and have a few neat shots of those roots. this one was bigger, though, by far.

    – phil decocco

  • Jeanne Frasse
    Jeanne Frasseover 3 years ago

    love this place…great shot!!

  • jeanne
    Have you visited it?? It is an amazing site with precious carvings, etchings and gorgeous view from on high

    – phil decocco

  • Hilton Luckey
    Hilton Luckeyover 3 years ago

    Great work

  • Hilton,
    I see from your portfolio that you’ve also been to Angkor Thom. You captured on of the great Buddha faces!
    thanks for your comment

    – phil decocco

  • jules572
    jules572over 3 years ago

    Sorry my error Phil, the trees in Palermo are called Banyan trees, there are some in Fort Meyers also…Jules

  • as the kids all seem to say, “no problem” Jules

    – phil decocco

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 3 years ago

    Oooooooh, I can feel the steamy heat found at Angkor in your image, Phil. One of the hottest places I’ve ever been. My husband had to practically mop me up off the floor since I spent my days there melting. What a beautiful, haunting place. Thank you for sharing!

  • Gina
    I, myself, was soaking wet after a very short time in the Cambodian jungle, but, like, you, worth every drop to see this magnifcent place and experience these 12 th century temples and cities.

    – phil decocco

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesover 3 years ago

    Wow, amazing how these trees grow! Neat capture!

  • Eric, thes kapok giants were awe inspiring to see. I did’t know these women, but the afforded perspective

    – phil decocco

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 3 years ago

    couldn’t believe my eyes, just amazing

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 3 years ago

    like you, I was blown away at the first sight of these magnificent trees and roots taking over the space.

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