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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Atthuya, Thailand

Atthuya, once the capital of Thailand, had a magnificent temple and royal palace. In the 1300s, the Burmese sacked Atthuya, and later, the monarchy moved the capital to Bangkok, a more easily defendable site. Thai people now refer to the ruins in Atthuya as the Ancient City. We spent a morning in this city, walking through the ruins, up and down the stairs of chedis, gazing from the top of such chedis at the expanisve grounds. The ruins, as impressive as they are, only hint at what once was a temple and palace far more grand, far more impressive than the temple and royal palace in Bangkok. I walked through the Ancient City in awe, and often dumbfounded. And so I offer these photos of Atthuya, The Ancient City, with no further words.










20 Comments:

Blogger velvet acid explosion said...

wonderful ... lovely fotografs .... breathtaking ... thnx for sharing this.

September 10, 2006 11:19 PM  
Blogger disguised said...

What incredible photos!!! I especially like (for its abstract qualities) the reflection in the well.

Beautiful....

September 10, 2006 11:28 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Wow!! These photos absolutely take my breath away. The saffron robed statuary really got my attention. The linear symmetry with the flowing lines of the robes are arresting. I want to take time to gaze upon them and meditate for a while. I wonder if the robes are kept on them all of the time, or just for certain times?

You got some great shots of the ruins from a variety of angles which make them all the more beautiful and memorable.

btw, is there any erotic meaning to the edifices in the first two photos? Just curious. lol

September 11, 2006 6:51 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

What wonderful pictures - looks like a fabulous place. Thanks.

(I thought your study looked pretty tidy in comparison with mine!)

September 11, 2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

a bit of
a fixer-upper,
but some nice
stonework --
could be cozy

beautiful views --
none of them are birds-eye?!?

/t.

September 11, 2006 9:52 AM  
Blogger boneman said...

That laswt, with the head of Bhudda ensnared within the roots of the tree....
Dang! Those roots look like several naked people.


(or, is it just me?)

September 11, 2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger savagefredd said...

Wow!!!!!!! Beautiful pictures, lil birdie. That last one of the tree roots is amazing-so intricate. I could stare at it for hours.
I figured you'd have a shot or two with the double Ds ablazing in a place like Thailand--maybe those are on the private journal blog

September 11, 2006 11:08 PM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

DO NOT POOP ON ME!!!

I have not yet mailed your funny little giftie...


I was uner the weather on the weekend and then it has been raining buckets and I walk to Post office so I need to wait for a day with sunshine and no classes.

But as added bonus am sending along some of my artwork.

You take nice photos babe, I LOVE the last one the most.

Will give heads up when giftie is in the mail...

September 12, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

maybe it's my computer screen - but the photos don't seem so vivid to me ....hmmmm...maybe i need a dark background on the blog...

disguised: i was fascinated with this water cistern - took a lot of shots at different angles.

/t: 5th and 6th pics are bird's eye - not from up high in the sky - but perched on a roost.

jack - the saffron-robed buddhas - i was also fascinated with them - lots of pics at different angles - they are a compelling piece of the landscape there. i believe the robes are always on.

and yes, hmmmm...those "edifices..."

boneman - i looked more closely at the tree with the buddha - yes, i see naked bodies now - hmmmmm...

i guess budhism (sp) is more sexy and erotic than i at first thought.

hahaha!

(lettuce - i am shocked and appalled that somewhere in the world, there's a study more disorganized than mine!)

September 13, 2006 6:04 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

vanille - i would NEVER poop on YOU.!

flap/flap/swoosh!

September 13, 2006 6:09 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

bird,

so they are --
you've some great shots here from an exotic & magical place -- must have been a wonderful trip

you're right about the background color -- but not black, try a very dark gray, neutral -- #303030 -- it can be done on a per posting or even a per picture basis, so you don't need to redo your whole blog

btw, that's posting #101 -- turned out great!

/t.

September 13, 2006 8:34 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

im loving the pointy headed thing...the rows of buddhas (?) as if a zen army could materialize from the stone! in the last photo, is that a placed sculpture or a carving from root? what a wonderful travelouge of photos. youre loving the camera now arent you? yay!

/grrrrrrrrrrrr

September 13, 2006 2:16 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

k9 - hahaha - the pointy-headed thing - yes - rows of buddhas indeed.

i am not sure about the carving - though as i understand it - it appeared "miraculously".

i have pics from my pacific northwest trip last summer - just never downloaded (untilrecently) - so i am definately getting into the digital camera thing now. want to learn how to edit and improve, and set up a slide show. so much to learn - so little time! and i'm getting might curious about photoshop now.

/t -i'll have to try the darker background with the next round of pics - thanks for the tip.
and yup - this was a heckuva trip - all the way around. still more pics to post - just takes time. haven't covered bangkok yet, or the royal gardens, or pattaya.

September 13, 2006 5:22 PM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

Boyed,

I have told a story, slice of Vanille Pie, have you rea it? I think you might like to, also, come pay respects to Ardlair, there is a post in his honor....

September 14, 2006 9:56 AM  
Blogger infinitesimal said...

sorry, D key sticks on keyboard

September 14, 2006 9:57 AM  
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