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