All three shots were taken on my month long volunteering trip to Cambodia. These shots were captured on the Angkor Archaeological Park. The first image is of Banteay Srei, also known as The Lady Temple, it is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The second image is of one of the great Angkor gates and the third shot was taken on a hike while visiting Kbal Spean, the sacred riverbed carvings also known as The River of a Thousand Lingas.
When I think of green, I think of lush vegetation, trees and nature. Cambodia definitely has that. I am so very fortunate to have spent such time there and I can not wait to go back, not only to the trees and the nature, but to the people too.
Renewal is another theme that can be interpreted in so many ways.
I took this photo in Bali, Indonesia last summer. It is one of my favourite photos. While in Bali I went through experiences that renewed me spiritually, renewed my connection to people and the earth. Frangipani, the flower in this photo is a very strong scented flower that is used in many ways throughout southeast Asia. In India frangipani is a symbol of immortality because of its ability to produce leaves and flowers even after it has been lifted out of the soil. It is able to renew itself even when disconnected from its source. In Indonesia, a single frangipani held with the fingertips is a way of recognising the Supreme God Sanghyang Widi Wasa who is symbolised by the daily rising of the sun. Renewal.
I met her playing her guitar and singing in downtown Toronto on one of the last of the hot summer days.
One of my favourite things to do is to watch people in their element, be it singing or dancing or anything else. I love to see when people become so present in what their doing that they forget everything else. This was one of those moments.