Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. [source]
Embrace was a 72 ft wooden, cathedral-like sculpture of two human figures, “in celebration of all our relationships”. The site-specific artwork was created by the Pier Group for Burning Man 2014.
Hamilton Pool Grotto, Texas -Identified as a preserve in 1990, this historic swimming hole is a strange sight in Texas: a natural bathing spot out of the hill country bushland. 23 miles west of Austin, Hamilton Pool is a natural spring formed from limestone bedrock.
An endangered Green Sea Turtle swims in Oahu.
In this GIF image, we see the top half of Mt. Tavurvur as it “completely implodes–with an enormous sonic boom following seconds later,” as reported by the Daily Dot. The volcano’s “exploded three times since 1994,” when it nearly destroyed the town of Rabaul with volcanic ash.
Meet Olivia, a rolly polly dwarf Hippo and newest addition to the Parken Zoo family in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Olivia was born 2 August 2014, weighing just under 6 kg (13 lbs).
After a day of freezing rain, a perfect layer of ice off a Magnolia tree’s leaf. The photo was taken a couple of winters ago at Hardin Gardens on the campus of Winthrop University in South Carolina.
This awesome picture shows a shelf cloud on the leading edge of a thunderstorm rolling through Kansas City on 29 August 2014. A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud.
Seen here (taken 2 July 2004) is the shipwrecked American Star (formerly SS America) at Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. SS America was an ocean liner built in 1940 and designed by the noted naval architect William Francis Gibbs. She carried many names in the 54 years between her construction and her 1994 wrecking. The boat had a length of 722 ft 3 in (220.14 m).