Angkor Wat at Dawn

June 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It was an 0430 wake-up for the cadets--appropriate since was also the day, 37 years ago when I reported for in-processing and basic training with my classmates (Second to None!).  They took it in stride and I didn't have to beat on any doors or scream "You're late, you're late, you're already late!"  (Well, maybe a little to Winston)

Kean met us in the lobby with boxed breakfasts from the hotel and we jumped into our mini-bus for the ride to the pond in front of Angkor Wat along with about one thousand of our closest Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Australian tourist friends.  The scene reminded me of the evening wait for sunset at Delicate Bridge in Arches Nat'l Park, Utah, with tons of people wedged in trying to get the best angle and hoping for a good sunrise with lots of colors.

First, let me say that the changes in temp from our hotel rooms (where we max out the A/C) and the humid, warm outdoors, are playing havoc with my camera gear.  It costs me about 20 minutes every morning to warm up my stuff and let the condensation (fogging) clear from my lenses and filters--very frustrating.

Generally, we were a bit disappointed by the sunrise, but we did get some colors and it was worth it.  Plus, it allowed us to get an early start to Banteay Srei and other sites.

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