|This is the village of Sansarak. The hen was the first inhabitant we saw. There was still some possibility of seeing a Turkish version of The Walking Dead, we discussed in hushed voices.|
|We left the village while considering buying this prime property. The sign said there was another house, a stable or barn and land also.|
|Eser blends in or the forest starts changing colour to match her outfit.|
|Interesting tree. Pleasant path. We are doing well.|
|I asked Eser to take this photograph as proof of my desire and ability to go on this dangerous mission.|
Note that I was not yet holding the hefty stick I found later.
We finally admit defeat and start the miserable uphill climb back. Neither of us have the strength or the will to take any more photographs of the lane that seemed to have been turned into a treacherous path of slippery rotten leaves, tricky fir cones and evil roots reaching out for air or to trap the innocent hiker.
|What is the red thing on the balcony on the left? Is that a warning sign?|
Is the animal walking towards us a werewolf?
|Was this a side or top of the canyon that we could not reach, or a mirage we saw looking back from the Northeast entrance to the village.|
|Back at the village from the aborted mission. A goat welcomes us and allays our fears of meeting any walking dead.|
|Strange tid bits for the village goats in such a green area. Must be an acquired taste.|
|Tomatoes picked and being crated for transport to wholesalers. The kids were also eating them.|
|One of many tomato fields we see en route|
|Eser suddenly asks me to stop car, rushes out and throws herself directly into a field of tomatoes.|
|Eser checks out a ripe tomato|
|The first of ten kilograms of tomatoes picked.|
|On the way back. |
Did the Iznik lake once lead to the Sea?
|The mausoleum of the 900 year old possibly mythical war heroe protecting the city or believers in the supernatural|
|Gurle Mountain, south of the lake, where we once got stuck in deep mud with our AWD SUV|
The memory which stopped us taking a wet looking narrow logger road this time with our 2WD.
|Finally, Darka (where our home is one of 460) is visible on the right of the Iznik-Yenisehir-Bursa highway, the wooded area where also reside our stray cats, guard kangal dog, ducks and rabbits and the evening visitor porcupine.|