August 8, 2014

Spiritual Roots

Photograph by Julian Bound, National Geographic Your Shot

On a tour of Wat Mahathat, a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Your Shot member Julian Bound spotted a large stone Buddha head sitting encased in a tree. "Its roots are said to have grown around the sculpture during a time when the temple lay abandoned and overgrown," Bound writes. "Drawn to the uniqueness of the statue, I knelt down to take the shot as rich sunlight played across the Buddha's features, making sure to capture the ground before the tree to give depth and scale to the image."

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30 comments
Nadine Weiser
Nadine Weiser

I have my picture taken with this Buddha head in the tree roots. I visited here in May of 2013. Fascinating.

David Guajardo
David Guajardo

QUE OTRA COSA ES UN ARBOL , MAS QUE LIBERTAD , PALABRAS DEL POETA ANONIMO

Shannon T
Shannon T

Kind of creepy. I love it. It looks a bit like snakes slithering all over it.

Sherrill Danebroek
Sherrill Danebroek

Beautiful picture! It remembers me of a book I read a long time ago. It is written by a Dutch author, namely; Jacques Hamelink. The book is called: Ranonkel (buttercup, spearwort or crowfoot).

It is a crazy, mystical story in which a man is overgrown by this plant and he disappears in it and becomes part of it.  A lot of other things happen  aswell. Worth reading, only I'm not sure if it''s translated in English.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

It really is provocative.  The Buddha is smiling serenely through tangled roots that took an eon to envelop him in. 

DUKY DUK
DUKY DUK

START TO BE HAPPY OF WHAT HE SEE ....

EMPIEZA A GUSTAR LO QUE VE

Lourdes Maqueo
Lourdes Maqueo

It really captures the attention! fantastic photo, congratulations!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Rooted in time that took many,many years to be framed like this. The picture is a good one that took a tiny fraction in time, and the click of a button for the result that we are able to see here.Thanks Julian, for sharing a picture that we can all admire.  j.e.s.......... 

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

Spooky how the forest reclaims a area that isn't maintained! 

alexandre k
alexandre k

gosh, anyone travelled in Thailand has made that picture....

same framing, samhe height, as you have to be below Buddha's head, and this one doesn't really have such great colour and contrast..

Vasilis Pliassas
Vasilis Pliassas

I remember this picture has been posted again. Anyone keeps record?

Wartrick D.
Wartrick D.

It's amazing, but as a man lives under the buddhalist culture, it's a little creepy.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

Amazing image of nature enveloping this statue of the Buddha in a 'head scarf' of tree roots!  It invokes the impression of the passage of centuries of time.

The sepia tone complements the image well.

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