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a stone Buddha embedded in the trunk of a tree in Ayutthaya, Thailand
August 8, 2014

Spiritual Roots

On a tour of Wat Mahathat, a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Your Shot member Julian Bound spotted a large stone Buddha head sitting encased in a tree. "Its roots are said to have grown around the sculpture during a time when the temple lay abandoned and overgrown," Bound writes. "Drawn to the uniqueness of the statue, I knelt down to take the shot as rich sunlight played across the Buddha's features, making sure to capture the ground before the tree to give depth and scale to the image." This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.
Photograph by Julian Bound, National Geographic Your Shot

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