At one time East Mebon was on an artificial island surrounded by East Baray, the water supply for the surrounding community. It was designed by the only known Khmer architect of this period Kavindrarimathana and it was dedicated to its patron god in 953. If you look closely at the towers you can see the holes that were drilled to support the stucco that once covered them; they have since been denuded of their finish and we can only imagine what further details and grandeur were lost due to a combination of neglect and exposure to the elements. I can still vividly remember the afternoon that we visited this site as it was scorching hot and we were exhausted but we didn't want to miss any opportunities and made only a brief stop before seeking out food and shade.
Canon 1D X, Canon 16-35/f2.8L Mark II
16mm, f11, merged layers of 1/500, 1/250, and 1/125 sec @ 100 ISO