Gecko & Termite Life, Angkor Wat

Things I am not fond of- lizards, geckos, snakes, large insects, small insects and mosquitoes.

Things I saw while in Cambodia- lizards, geckos, snakes and insects of all sizes. Shudder…

Still my photographic curiosity overcame my horror, and through my photos, I’ve found a little bit to admire about our smaller companions on this planet.

Looking at the gecko below, I now see shiny scales, versatile padded feet and bright little eyes… but still I’m not too sure I would be happy to see one of them on the ceiling above my bed.

The line of termites marching onwards on their journey, possibly towards a new home, caused me to admire their tenacity and social organisation. The photo of the line is only a tenth of the amount of termites we saw marching by in that line, and to me, there is something astonishing about that.

Lizard Angkor Wat

Termites March

Termites

Rice Paddies, Cambodia

I know, I know… Enough with the Cambodia photos already, but seriously I haven’t really taken many photos for the last 2 months as I’ve been so busy between my various temping roles and then getting a full-time job in mid-October.

Apart from a bit of food photography using my newly rigged up lightbox, my camera lies untouched lately so you are still getting some older photos from my summer trip to Cambodia as a stop-gap measure. What I can say, I took over 2000 photos in 10 days!

This particular set of photos come from the Cambodian countryside near Banteay Srei temple. Rice season had reached its midpoint with the rice paddies looking lusciously green. My strongest memory of Cambodia (apart from 8 days of Delhi/ travellers belly) are the vibrant colours everywhere- in Siem Reap, at the temples, out in the countryside, everywhere- colourful shop-fronts and stalls, brightly painted tuk-tuks, beautiful butterflies and of course, the brightest green of the flooded paddies full of growing rice shoots.

Of course, the two main lessons you should glean from this blog post- always bring a wide angle lens with you if you’re going to such a scenic country… and take travel advice like not eating shellfish, soft cheese and salads while in South East Asia seriously.

Rice Fields Cambodia

Rice Paddies & Houses Cambodia

Rice Paddy Lake

Windswept Rice Paddies

Cambodia Photo Post: Butterflies

I hate putting up photo posts without some sort of long text to talk about the photos but I am so tired from my first day of work that I can’t think of anything decent to write so you get some butterfly photos fro the Butterfly Garden Restaurant in Siem Reap- fantastic food in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by butterflies, what more could you want?

 

Brown Butterfly in Greenery

Butterfly Eyes

Red Flower, Blue Butterfly

Yellow Butterfly Side Shot

Cambodia Shots- Street Kittens

I’m under the weather at the moment with bronchitis and a cold, so I’m doing a quick round-up of some photos of various cats I met while in Siem Reap and saving the wordy posts for a time when I can concentrate long enough to type something of worth.

You see cats every where in Cambodia. Many of them are skinny street cats but as a cat lover, I adore them all. I managed to get some shots of a group of small kittens playing outside the ferry to Chong Kneas. Most of these kittens were tiny, fitting in the palm of your hand, and shy. One little guy was adventurous, wanting rubs and attention, while another was being super brave snarling at its shadow and a worm. I could have stayed there all day watching them play.

Kitty- Big Eyes

Kitty Licking Paw

Kitty Claws

Snuggle of Kittens