Tree swallowing stone
In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight… Anyone remember that popular tune? Not sure if lions sleep in the jungles we visit around the world (in pictures at least), but the jungle itself is sure eating into everything in its way: cars, planes, statues, temples, churches. Nothing seems safe from the clutches of nature.
And what’s most surprising is that some jungles are not that far from home. Find out why some plants grow peacefully on the outside of buildings while others take over and speed up a structure’s decay in The Walls Are Alive.
Temples taken over by the jungle
1. Ta Prom in Cambodia
1. The Ta Prom temple complex in Angkor, Cambodia surely offers some astounding views of tree versus structure. On a closer look, this picture is even a bit scary, given how the trees are advancing from the top and from the ground.
Image: Lex Linghorn
2. Detail in Angkor Wat, Cambodia
This amazing detail was captured in Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temple complex. Notice how the tree has taken on the colour of the temple ruin (or is it the other way round?) and seems to be part of the structure, like a giant snake peeking down from the top. Don’t miss how the roots have pushed the stone blocks apart (top right).