16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
It is easy to forget that the sun rises and shines on us all

Even from thousands of miles away, I'd heard tales of the storied sunrises the greet the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. And so I woke up at 4 AM to beat the crowds into the temple, but still I was too late. So I watched instead from a distance, only to catch a cloudy morning and perhaps the most unspectacular sunrise I've ever seen. Just as I was about to leave, a movement on the temple roof caught my eyes. A monkey! I ran through the crowd and captured this image just as the sun rose to the perfect height.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Camera: Canon EOS 80D
Copyright: © Serena Zheng