Weekly Photo Challenge: Green / Travel Theme: Mystical
“Ideas come from everything. “
This week’s Photo Challenge is GREEN, while Alisa’s Travel Challenge is MYSTICAL. One might think that those two subjects would be difficult to include in a single post. But I am here to prove the skeptics wrong 🙂
Not long ago, my husband and I traveled with our friends Jane and Bob to Southeast Asia. A highlight of the trip, especially for photographers like Jane and me, is a visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. As such, we made it the last stop in our travels, and were looking forward to it immensly.
“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.”
Our first morning in Cambodia, we awoke at 4 am and made our way before dawn to a tethered hot-air balloon ride. From there we took our first photographs of this magical/mystical place as the sun rose. (My favorite shot – top of the post). We decided to tour some of the other temples (each more incredible than the last) and return to Angkor Wat for some sunset shots. (Another favorite, just above).
So THIS then, is where we get to the GREEN part. We returned to set up for sunset at Angkor Wat only to find a bunch of huge, ugly, green construction screens installed all over the front of the temple. (How huge?? For perspective, try to find the teenie, tiny person dressed in white in the center of the temple’s front steps below.) Shocked and saddened, we pulled our jaws up off of the ground to ask our guide how long they had been there. To our amazement, he answered “about two years”. Interestingly, the green screens had never shown up in any photo we’d seen, nor had they ever been mentioned in guidebooks or by our tour company. What a surprise – NOT.
“Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.”
So, gathering our wits about us, we applied some creativity, using distance, strategically-placed people, and later some judicious post-processing, to restore the magic of the mystical temple at Angkor Wat. The ugly green screens were unable to mar its beauty once the initial shock passed. Amazing photography opportunities are everywhere, both inside and out. Those in the surrounding temples are incredible as well. As a photographer, and/or as a spiritual person, Angkor Wat must be placed high atop the bucket list–green screens or not.
Thanks to Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack for her Mystical challenge, which reminded me of what, in hindsight, has become one of the most memorable moments of an incredible experience.