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Turkey Photography Odyssey

Post 5 – Temples, statues, archeological wonders

It is difficult to describe the feeling – entering an archeological site for the first time; it’s misting, feels moody, and we are the only ones there.  We wander through a field of columns laying on the ground to the ones ahead standing, come around the bend and stand there in awe as we view the gorgeous artwork of the past.  Soon cameras come out and we spread out, all seeing different compositions.  No one is speaking, just taking it all in.

Sagalassos © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sagalassos
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sagalassos © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sagalassos
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Our journey continues to many more sites and wonderful museums.  I continue to feel overwhelmed by the artistic work from the past and try to capture the intricate carvings by using light to define detail.

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum, starburst created from the sun shining through a small hole.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Pergamum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Along with using highlights and shadows, I like to explore unusual angles.  Not every pillar needs to be straight.

Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias Museum © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias Museum
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Aphrodisias
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stork nest on the last remaining column of  the Temple of Artemis. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Stork nest on the last remaining column of
the Temple of Artemis.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Life in the past and present.  It’s the season for nesting and the storks fly here to nest.  Perhaps we will see these same storks again in February when we return to Tanzania.  There are 3 young birds in the nest. Cats are frequently found in sites (and anywhere in Turkey).  The people of Turkey love cats but most people live in apartments.  Cats are found everywhere and everyone takes care of them. You see them in historic sites, parks, around town (including near outdoor restaurants, waiting for the call to dine on scraps).  The cat chow comes out every evening in the historic sites.  They are well fed and healthy and most are very friendly and enjoyable.  But nowhere do they look more royal then poised on pillars and exploring great pieces of marble.

Cat in Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cat in Ephesus
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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Ephesus

Ephesus© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ephesus
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Touted as the largest city ever excavated, Ephesus is more important for the roles it played in history – and what it can teach us about the future.

Ephesus© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ephesus
© 2013 Bob Harvey

And, importantly for our small band of photographers – Ephesus contributed inspiring design material that spun into some exciting images!

Ephesus© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ephesus
© 2013 Bob Harvey

This major Greek City, turned Roman City, and possibly the place where the Bible’s Gospel of John was written, sat on a hillside overlooking an important harbor.  The city was an important center of trade.  Under the Romans, the forests inland were plundered for lumber, setting off severe erosion that eventually silted in the harbor, creating a wetland that harbored mosquitos and malaria – eventually creating an outbreak that caused the city to be abandoned.

Elite Housing© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite Housing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

One area of Ephesus has been excavated carefully and is kept under a roof for protection – an area of elite residences.  The lifestyle here was impressive – as are the archaeological vestiges.  Again, great material for photographers!

Floor tiles in elite housing© 2013 Bob Harvey

Floor tiles in elite housing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite Housing© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite Housing
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite housing details© 2013 Bob Harvey

Elite housing details
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stones with texts© 2013 Bob Harvey

Stones with texts
© 2013 Bob Harvey

There are so many aspects to this site, so many intriguing corners.  And so many stories to hear.

Sunburst© 2013 Bob Harvey

Sunburst
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

What a visual treat!

Oh, and nearby are the last remnants of the Temple of Artemis – once one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Unfortunately, as allegiances changed over time, the temple became handy building material for other nearby structures…

Artemis column with stork nest© 2013 Bob Harvey

Artemis column with stork nest
© 2013 Bob Harvey

With the remnants of the temple sitting in a swamp, it makes a nice pedestal for nesting storks!

 

Where next?  Pergamum and nearby Asclepion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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