More of Cambodia

So…. where to start…

All of the temples were insane. It is so hard to believe that a very long time ago there was life here (besides tourist). I can’t wrap my head around what it must have been like to live in those days. These temples are so beautiful.

Thom Bayon – Cambodia

I heard someone say that the faces (they were ALL over this temple) were supposed to be the king and he wanted his face everywhere so that he could watch over his people forever. I don’t know if it is true but it sure sounds good.

This is right inside the gate of this temple. Imagine trying to get away with this riding situation in America!

Here I am during one of Cherish and I’s impromptu photoshoots. I think we were both unaware of the lack of sleep that showed on our faces! LOL seems those photos were all a waste of time. I was able to salvage a few thanks to a little patch tool in photoshop to get rid of the bags under my eyes!

Here I am again with some of the traditional Cambodian dancers

Whatever this foot was attached to had falling off at some point in time. It kindof looks to me like its a hand trying to climb out of a grave… creepy right?

Here is a photo that I took of my brand new handy dandy Shootsac that I won at the Jose Villa workshop that I attended before I went to Thailand! I cannot wait to blog that stuff too, but have vowed to finish this first. The shootsac has completely changed the way I shoot. I was more if a one lense shooter before I got this.I could go on and on, but if you are a photographer or a amateur and you don’t have one… get one! They are worth every penny!

After we visited this temple, Bobby (you can read more about our trip on his blog) asked our Tuk Tuk drivers to stop whenever we saw any wild monkeys. This was my favorite experience of the trip! If you didn’t check out the video trailer of our trip do so here and watch a monkey sneak some fruit off my head (i think it is around the 2 minute 38 sec mark).

This little guy was with his mom and a couple other kids selling fruit to pesky tourist like us. I think I bought all of the green fruit you see below that he had.

Here are a couple pics of me stolen from Bobby’s blog

Let me just preface this by saying that these are not tamed monkey’s, this is not at a zoo. These animals are wild and on side of the road. It would be same as stopping on side the road and hanging out with some squirrels here in the states (closest thing I could come up with at 2am… its a lame metaphor I know) (wait… is that a metaphor?)

Anyway…. Everyone was feeding the monkeys and of course they will hiss at you and you can see those teeth. And its a little scary. But I coaxed a few to get on me. There were prob about 50 monkeys at least and also a giant boar that actually frightened alot of the monkeys back into the trees. At one point I think I had 3 monkeys on me. I know that it may sound stupid to most of you, but it was SOOOOO awesome! I can’t explain it really! I am an animal lover. My friend Claire said her husband saw her on my Facebook page and this next photo was my profile pic and he said “Tell me she didn’t get a monkey… She got a monkey didn’t she?” It’s the joke around town that we have a zoo, and I am okay with that 🙂

I would live right there on that street just to relax and hang out with the monkeys all day… If you would all agree to send me like $5 a day for the rest of my life I think I might could afford to do that 🙂 not too much opportunity to make money there.

LOVE those mohawks!

Given my recent Dentist bill for my kids I am printing this up and hanging it in the bathroom!!!!

This was my favorite temple, Ta Prohm. The movie Tomb Raiders with Angelina Jolie was filmed here. It was magical.

I became obsessed with these spindles (on the right), I guess that is what you would call them. I think I photographed every one there was at this temple for a project that I thought of while I was there.

Here are Erika and (blogless) Erin at Ta Prohm.

Here is a heard of Tuk Tuk’s waiting for their passengers. Someone compared them to a heard of wildebeest cooling off under a shade tree. And who could blame them it was SOOOOOO HOT that day. They basically drop you off and wait for you, and for only $15/day! It’s crazy!

Kim Ing wrote:

Hey Amy!!! Amazing trip and images! What a dream! Cambodia has been top of my list for ages…

 [ Jan 29th, 2010 3:32 pm ]
Kim Charlet wrote:

OH AMY!!! I want to be there! I want to escape America and eat raw foods, play with the monkeys, and ride on the Honda! Of course, all with my family!

 [ Jan 19th, 2010 7:35 pm ]
Meg wrote:

I stayed up to read this! Love that you’re posting, Amy!

 [ Jan 19th, 2010 2:56 am ]

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