When Nature Attacks

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The temples at the Angkor Wat complex are extremely fascinating. Just this morning +Brian Matiash and I visited Praeh Kahn temple, which has a huge tree completely engulfing one of the walls of the temple. It’s amazing that one tree can do so much damage to an extremely solid structure made completely of stone.

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:02+00:00 November 14th, 2012|111 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

111 Comments

  1. 兼本博裕 November 14, 2012 at 4:59 am - Reply

     *すてきな写真  …..

  2. michel prins November 14, 2012 at 5:00 am - Reply

    great foto.

  3. Deryl Stonestreet November 14, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    not

  4. ALReem ALahmed November 14, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Nice… Nice …

  5. kimberton pemberly November 14, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    whenever nature attacks, you just kick it in the crotch. 
    works . every . time .

  6. Joe Dolister November 14, 2012 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Wow! Fantastic +Nicole S. Young

  7. Thom Pastor November 14, 2012 at 5:07 am - Reply

    This is how my HOA sees my house.

  8. Ramiro Garcia Zepeda November 14, 2012 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Amazing! Congrats :)

  9. margarita sonja Benkert November 14, 2012 at 5:34 am - Reply

    wow, amazing pic

  10. Kurtis Martyn November 14, 2012 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Great shot.

  11. Ron Fleishman November 14, 2012 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Watch out if the tree decides to do some Break Dancing.:) This is a very colorful visual. What was your shutter speed?

  12. thi nhat le ha November 14, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    oh my god

  13. Mark Watson November 14, 2012 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Nice!

  14. Sue Bemis November 14, 2012 at 6:14 am - Reply

    looks like hollywood effects!!

  15. Michael Preston November 14, 2012 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Amazing image, Nicole.

  16. Amin Shahin November 14, 2012 at 6:25 am - Reply

    stunning

  17. Paolo Kuslan November 14, 2012 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Another level of Unreal Tournament ?

  18. Sash Mishra November 14, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    On my to visit list.

  19. Bun Pichlyna November 14, 2012 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Cambodia temple at Siem Reap province

  20. ARUN JOSE November 14, 2012 at 7:08 am - Reply

    O ! is this real place…
    amazing.

  21. Bala Krishna November 14, 2012 at 7:28 am - Reply

    It's Beautyfull place

  22. Suleiman Al badri November 14, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    amazing

  23. Chad Phares November 14, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Love this place. One of the most fascinating places I've ever been.

  24. Sue Bemis November 14, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    would like to visit-for a few hours!!

  25. Getachew Araya November 14, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    wow!!!

  26. Great photo and place!!!

  27. Hans Reurings November 14, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Don't think that we, human beings, have all the power and can control everything. Nature rules.

    For the photo, beautiful details and color, but the sun distracts to much for me.

    Thanks for showing your photo and story.

  28. Bala Krishna November 14, 2012 at 9:00 am - Reply

    super place

  29. Mahendra N November 14, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Wowww

  30. Yuriy Nikolaev November 14, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    So mistic!

  31. rubi ahsan November 14, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Men and women equal rights in every aspect of life http://bit.ly/QmEsfb

  32. Evan Goers November 14, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    It's a forest from Ravnica!

  33. Mr J Zee November 14, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Lovely photo not to mention the processing ;-)

  34. Charlotte Verlander November 14, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    isnt it in the lara croft film?? looks like it!

  35. ing sokkhoeun November 14, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Welcome to cambodia…

  36. Virginie Leroy November 14, 2012 at 10:11 am - Reply

    It is what it seemed to me. This landscape is in the first one Tomb Raider with Illuminaty!

  37. Naveen Dave November 14, 2012 at 10:16 am - Reply

    nice pichaer

  38. Aalia Khan Yousafzai November 14, 2012 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Wow, I cannot believe I didn't know about this fascinating place! It seems so majestic.

  39. Ondrej Kollar November 14, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Looks like scenario from Tomb Raider. Great.

  40. Erkki Juurus November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

    "Nature attacks?"

    Wouldn't a more accurate title be "Nature reclaims?"
    After all, it was the humans who 'attacked' the forest, the home of the trees, with their stone monuments in the first place, and not the other way around. ;-)

  41. Vladimir Zolotykh November 14, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Right, the photo is fascinating, still there's much more mystery about the place than trees engulfing stones. They speculate who could build egyptian pyramids or fortress of Ollantaytambo, Angkor Wat should be on the same list.

  42. ani krishnan November 14, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    awsome

  43. Mamad Rassuolzadeh November 14, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    inc..

  44. Arif Hussaini November 14, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

    صبح بخیر و خوابهای خوب ببینی که در این زمینه به دیگران هم توصیه میکنم با این حال از اینکه

  45. Rahul Vohra November 14, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    FOLKS JUST CONSIDER THE WORKMANSHIP OF CIVILIZATION AT A TIME WHEN MOST OF TODAYS SO CALLED DEVELOPED WORLD HAD ONLY ANIMAL SKINS TO WRAP AROUND THEIR ILLITERATE ASSES JUST PONDER FOR A SECOND THEN TELL UR COMMENTS

  46. sumit sharma November 14, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    J

  47. Sam Noonan November 14, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Wow!!!

  48. Teejay Acda November 14, 2012 at 11:35 am - Reply

    that is so cool.

  49. RaspberryPI Spy November 14, 2012 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Nice photo. Makes a change to see someone state how they processed the image rather than pretend is untouched. We need this sort of honesty in the age of digital images.

  50. Frank Herrera November 14, 2012 at 11:49 am - Reply

    The power of nature is impressive. Such determination and strength

  51. Sonya Mayer November 14, 2012 at 11:53 am - Reply

    waa

  52. Ishant Yadav November 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Beautiful

  53. Harendra Rawat November 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    it seems a very ancient time…………:)

  54. hossamdm dm November 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Nice

  55. James Bond November 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Which country does it belong too???

  56. Sercan Küçükuğur November 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  57. ravi shanthi November 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    wow …beautiful photograph and wonderful magic of nature….

  58. waseem islam November 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Wow amazing

  59. phearun soum November 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    did u know cambodia ? do love it? we. we have many resort that u never seen before,.

  60. haliem mohd November 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    creppy………….

  61. marcus trens November 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    this is a building eating tree.perfect for abandoned structures to be engulfed by that this as well

  62. Ankur Dawale November 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    um i think its not very unusualbut its very weird i admit.

  63. Ravinder Singh November 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Spooky…

  64. brian lico November 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    this look hunted look at the trees

  65. Chetra Vanna November 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Amazing Cambodia !

  66. Peter Lee November 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Interesting place, but don't go too far off the
    beaten track;………….Land-mines!
    ( Remember, khmer rouge killing fields? )

  67. Nathalia Padrón November 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    looks like a fairytale like place

  68. Soundarya Bharati November 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    wow

  69. Alan Shapiro November 14, 2012 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    So jealous. Been wanting to make this trip forever. Living vicariously through you and Brian.

  70. Samnang Chum November 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    There is something in those stones that are tasty to those trees. I wanna know what it is and I want some.

  71. Omar Ciano November 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I see no nature attacking anything. Just claiming what once belonged to it.

  72. Fesstus Parker November 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Ent! I wonder if it has its own voice, yet.

  73. Zumi Corahua November 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Irreal… :-)

  74. chahat awan November 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    outstanding

  75. Zuly Torres November 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    FANTASTICO, COMO SE FUSIONA LA NATURALEZA Y LA ARQUITECTURA…..un fenomeno dado por el tiempo……fantastico.

  76. KAREM YULIANA BENJUMEA PEÑA November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    nice

  77. Chris McCarty November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Reminds me of the latest Legend of Zelda Game, very beautiful

  78. Troller Said November 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Looks like… Buddha's hand is coming down to judge.. .maybe someone did something wrong on that temple……… Punishment eh…. is such a beautiful thing to look at when nature does it.

  79. Javier OLIVARES SEBASTIA November 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful,truth

  80. edwin melendez November 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    nice

  81. Vaibhav Chadha November 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    reminds me of Unchartered Drake's fortune 2.

  82. amit chandwani November 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    reminds me of the game volverine

  83. Jadab Chowdhury November 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I always enjoy your posts supported with exquisite photography  on varied nature the experience of which you seem to derive from your exclusive outings. Nature that gives us life has its violent aspects too. In your photo the tree looks like an old, angry giant who has stout long legs that ravish the walls of the temple as it marches forward.

  84. Anam Tassawur November 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Looks horrible

  85. Emily Cabrera November 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Temple Run!!!

  86. idang kim November 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I was there about 3 years ago.. loved it!

  87. Brian Thomas November 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Preah Kahn was my favorite temple. This is a superb angle. Shooting into the sun here was certainly something I didn't think of.

  88. Peter Lee November 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    +Brian Thomas Have you seen the temples in Burma? Very similar but not as well known, both of great Indian influence.

  89. Chris Greene November 15, 2012 at 12:55 am - Reply

    very nice

  90. Carrie Johnson November 15, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Peaceful place to meditate

  91. 손지석 November 15, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

    very nice

  92. Mostafa Mansur November 15, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Nice

  93. Reena Rajini dsoza November 15, 2012 at 8:55 am - Reply

    different

  94. Hariz M November 15, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    wow amazing

  95. Ratheesh Thenjeery November 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Wah

  96. Reena Rajini dsoza November 16, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    scarde

  97. Bupi P November 16, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Wow

  98. Ghafoor Rahman November 17, 2012 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Nice

  99. Cole Cruz November 17, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Amazing

  100. Sesa Imam November 17, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

    good job……

  101. Visa Thai November 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I ma cambodian ilove khmer

  102. Visa Thai November 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Love….. . …………

  103. 박성열 November 18, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    어디예요

  104. 박성열 November 18, 2012 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Cood

  105. Hariz M November 18, 2012 at 5:37 am - Reply

    nice,amazing.unfathomable grace of god

  106. Professional Photography November 19, 2012 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Really impressive and nature does attack..

  107. Battur Lkhagvasuren November 19, 2012 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I like it

  108. Nanda Linn Aung November 21, 2012 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Ta Prom.. i reckon, beautiful places.. especially after the rainy season.. a must visit place on earth.

  109. Mikko Tyllinen November 24, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Amazing place!

  110. Aneta Zając December 6, 2012 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Piękne miejsce.

  111. 赵微路 January 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    很漂亮!

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