A lone spirit house sits next to a tree in an attempt to appease some local spirit. While Cambodia is largely Buddhist, it is mixed with animism.
A Cambodian man climbs a palm tree to collect palm oil. Each day he collects oil from about thirty trees.
The roof of an old Wat building inside the Buddhist Wat Pothi Pruk (Pagoda) grounds just outside Phnom Penh.
Fishing is a way of life for many Cambodians – it is a hard life. Fish these days are slim, and some days you come back with hardly anything to show for all your labors. This man was examining his net before he cast out again trying to get some fish in the Mekong River.
A picture of a traditional “middle-class” Khmer house found all over the country. Many are on stilts to avoid flood-waters, and the lower part of the house, when it is not flooded can be used to store items, and even to rest during the day, for it is quite a bit cooler there than inside the wooden upper level.
It almost looks posed, but during a visit to Svay Rieng in the South-east part of Cambodia this little girl was leaning against a small tree and I took this shot. During my time in Cambodia we took quite a few trips to this part of Cambodia, and got to know the kids quite well as we shared the Gospel with them, teaching Bible stories and doing crafts and playing games.
A bundle of laughter came from this little Cambodian boy as he watched his friends play “Duck, Duck, Goose” with a group of foreigners. We were in Kampong Speu doing a VBS with a local Cambodian church there. I snapped off a few shots and here is the outcome.
This is a picture of an older Cambodian woman who takes care of a temple complex south of Phnom Penh. Many old woman and sometimes men, who cannot provide for themselves go to old temples to beg for a living. In turn, many of them take care of the temple by picking up trash and sweeping the grounds. At this particular temple there was a larger group of older woman that I struck up a conversation with, and so I asked if I could take their pictures.
This shot was taken in the province of Svay Rieng, in the Southeastern part of Cambodia. We used to take trips on the weekends out to do a children’s outreach with some of the kids from Asian Hope. Great memories, and great opportunities for the Gospel.
This photo was taken mid 2005 on a dirt bike trip up to the old capital of Cambodia, Udong (about 20 miles north of the current capital, Phnom Penh). There are many ruins there, as well as some restored temples. We walked around for a bit and I took this picture. The city was founded in 1626 by King Srey Soryopor, but then the capital was moved under the reign of King Norodom in 1866. The restored area hold the remains of several Cambodian kings, including King Srey Soryopor.