wat mahathat


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Via Flickr:
Ayutthaya. Thailand. November. 2016. Hasselblad 503cx. Planar 80mm f/2.8 CF. Fomapan 100 classic + iD11 Copyright©Ulmer.Nicolas

Nova over Thailand : A nova in Sagittarius is bright enough to see with binoculars. Detected last month, the stellar explosion even approached the limit of naked-eye visibility last week. A classical nova results from a thermonuclear explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star a dense star having the size of our Earth but the mass of our Sun. In the featured image, the nova was captured last week above ancient Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai, Thailand. To see Nova Sagittarius 2016 yourself, just go out just after sunset and locate near the western horizon the constellation of the Archer , popularly identified with an iconic teapot. Also visible near the nova is the very bright planet Venus. Dont delay, though, because not only is the nova fading, but that part of the sky is setting continually closer to sunset. via NASA


Buddha Head in Tree, Wat Mahathat. By Kwanchai Khammuean on Flickr.

This tree is famous not in and of itself but rather for the Buddha’s head that is rather firmly lodged in it’s tangled roots. It is told that in 1767 the Burmese attacked and destroyed Ayatthuya. In the process they chopped of the heads of all of the Buddha statues. This particular head must have fallen among the prop roots of a bodhi tree. Over the centuries the roots have grown around the head in such a way that almost seems intentional.

The famous stone Buddha head trapped in a banyan tree, at Wat Mahathat. When Ayutthaya was sacked by the Burmese in the 18th century, many of the stone Buddha statues were beheaded. One such head managed to find itself tangled in the trunk system of a banyan tree -  nobody knows exactly how or when - where it remains to this day.

It appears that the tree is slowly enveloping the head and that one day it will disappear completely - looking at older photos of this head and comparing them with more recent ones, I notice that it seems as if it’s sinking into the tree.