This group of women were working in the fields of sugar beet. It was harvest time and the women sat on the ground cutting the leaves off the beets with lethal looking knives and throwing them onto piles ready to be loaded onto the trailers to be taken to the mill. It was a very cold day but they were happy to let us take their photos and spoke amongst themselves with much laughter. Rural eastern Turkey still uses intensive human labour when it comes to harvesting time whether it’s sugar beet, cotton or pomegranates all of which we saw on our journey.
The Temple of Apollo at Didyma is the second largest temple of the ancient world with only 122 columns compared to the Temple of Artemis near Ephesus with 127 columns. The Temple of Apollo was home to an oracle and in ancient times was never a real town. Today the tourist town presses up against the ruins which are very impressive still. We only had a short time here and again very few tourists were around at gate opening time, so great for photos.
We have finally made it back to the western side of Turkey and Ephesus the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, if not all Europe. A huge city of 250,000 it was wealthy by means of its position as a port and the Temple of Artemis which attracted wealth and devotees. By the 6th century Ephesus was in decline as the port had silted up and malarial swamps were forming. Only 18% of the city has been unearthed with amazing murals, sculptures, mosaics, stone carving and buildings.
This is week 3 in Robyn’s One Four Challenge on Captivate Me. Take one images and process it 4 different ways over a month posting one each week. What fun, and how challenging and how interesting to see what everyone else is doing. Use the tag One Four Challenge or pop over to Robyns blog to see more.
So for this week I kept the cropped version of the mountains and kept it fairly true to normal colour then in Photoshop I overlaid another image I had of just a trees branches. I merged them together and that was it. Very quick and simple and nothing fancy this week.
The last month of our Take Twelve series for the year 2014. Meg of Move The Chair and I have taken 12 photos on the twelfth day of each month (posted on the 13th.) As she lives in USA and I live in Australia it has been an interesting series of posts showing lots of similarities between the 2 countries as well as differences.
This month I spent the 12th day travelling by car from my home to Sydney a distance of 600km. These photos where all taken at stops along the way and at the final destination.
It was the chance encounters with friendly people around Turkey that made the tour so interesting. We stopped often for flocks of sheep, people picking cotton by hand, harvesting sugar beets by hand and a whole range of other rural activities. These three men were all shepherds, two were moving their large flock down the highway to different pastures and the old man was looking after a few sheep under the fruit trees near his home. All welcomed us and posed for our group with much laughter and sign language.