Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: 100 years +

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© irene waters 2015

I read Marigold’s response to the 99 word flash fiction which immediately had me remembering my visit to Angkor Wat and surrounds. All well over 100 years old. Indeed this temple, Ta Prohm Temple, was constructed in the 12th and 13th century.

 

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

There are fewer Buddhist bas relief narratives here and one theory believes that much of it must have been destroyed by Hindu on the death of Jayavarman VII who had a period of rule where he undertook much building and public works.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

The encroaching trees are everywhere. Wikipedia tells of Angkor scholar Maurice Glaize who 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.”

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

 

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Ed’s Sunday Stills the next challenge

 

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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28 Responses to Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: 100 years +

  1. Amazing building. I haven’t seen that one but did travel to Java’s Borobudur..Another amazing structure.

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  2. Marigold says:

    Awesome! You got some great shots while you were there. I’m glad my little story inspired your sunday stills!

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  3. Marigold says:

    Reblogged this on Versus Blurb and commented:
    Irene’s response to Ed’s Sunday Stills challenge – she credits my flash fiction as a little inspiration! 😀

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  4. Very special and beautiful post Irene 😀

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  5. afairymind says:

    Wonderful pictures, Irene. I especially like the final shot of the statue peaking out through the roots. 🙂 It looks like an incredible place to visit.

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  6. Norah says:

    I just saw you over at Marigold’s place! You do get around!
    These photos are gorgeous. I’d love to visit there – one day. 🙂

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  7. mvschulze says:

    Whooo! I would not want to be there on a dark and forboding night.

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  8. Sherri says:

    Amazing 🙂

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  9. The roots of the silk cotton trees are frightening. I’m also intrigued by the sculptural head caught within the confines of the tree. Interesting post.

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  11. Stunning photos Irene. An amazing place.

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  12. Charli Mills says:

    That must be an incredible spot to experience. I get excited over 100-year old cabins and the trees growing up in their middles. Both the trees and structure look so ancient that it must feel palpable.

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