Cautious Cambodia - 2007

The trees are often more than 60 feet in height, their trunks are thick like oak trees, their amazing buttress-like roots seem to reach out like elephants' trunks, and they can begin their lives in crevices in the monumental walls and roofs of the building so that they are already bearing down on the structures even in their “saplinghood.” The bark of these trees is smooth and gray, adding to their strange likeness to elephants and octopi. In this moist and warm environment, their youth is short and they grow to greatness quickly. We were shown many that are only 20 or so years old and are already giants in the ongoing siege.

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