19/01/2011

Wood and Water.

When we go to the Aegean coast we travel by train. Arriving back in the morning, I wake up and I see home. Gone are the olive trees, the pink laurels, the dark green hills and the deep blue sea. What I see outside the window is endless rounded hills, huge, smooth, yellow, and topped with the highest sky I have ever seen. That's when I know I'm home.



It is beautiful. But living in a semi-arid region, nearly desertic, but not quite, you get to miss two things. One is water, the other is wood. There are a few lakes and marshes around Ankara, a salt lake, a river, riddled with nasty chemicals, but you always get the feeling that the sea is far away. And the air is dry, so dry you can't breath at night. And it hardly ever rains.

And trees? Well, there are some planted on campus, very nice ones too, but you can tell they don't belong. They're not old or gnarled. They have to be looked after, cherished, lest they die. Which sometimes they do. (What do they put in the ground?!)

So when I go South to Cappadocia for our regular short breaks, I always look out for valleys in which there is an actual river. And I point my camera at it, and I click and click so that I have something for my eyes to feast, and to rest, when the Anatolian plain gets to be too much.

Here are a few from my last trip.








These are from the valley of Ilhara. I took these pictures while the others were visiting a church. I love carved and painted stone as much as any one in this family, but I knew that I would need to bring back some of that wood and water home with me.



10 comments:

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

Looks a beautiful spot - and so alive!

jfb57 said...

You have captured the movement of the water brilliantly!

ohabbyreally said...

Beautiful pictures. It looks like a magical spot.

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

I so enjoyed your descriptive writing in this post and really felt a sense of your longing for water and wood. The photographs complement your writing beautifully. A great post. Thank you.

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

I so enjoyed your descriptive writing in this post and really felt a sense of your longing for water and wood. The photographs complement your writing beautifully. A great post. Thank you.

Michelloui said...

I love spaces like this as well--I would have been right there with you enjoying that wood and water. Fab shots and great writing.

SAHMlovingit said...

Great pics, love the movement on the second one.

@jencull (jen) said...

Beautiful photos, now I want to go there :D jen

Herding Cats said...

What a beautiful plcae and what stunning pictures!

Elenchus said...

When I spent some time living on a tropical island (I know, sounds wonderful), I ended up missing the seasons of England dreadfully. The almost constant blue sky interspersed only with the odd torrential downpour became monotonous and uninteresting...but that's just me!

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