Landscape II

The Lived-In Landscape

Tuss is easy to carve. Many modern Cappadocian houses are made of large building blocks of it. In previous centuries, however, it made more sense to just carve a house, been a community, directly into the rock.
You’ll see those arrays of small square holes throughout this photo essay. Those are for pigeon nests. The droppings were collected to fertilize grapes, reputed to have been cultivated first in this area.


We begin with Sufis

Seeing past the jilbab

Hagia Sophia

And then a man tried to sell us a carpet

Passing remark

S gets a shoe shine

Outside the mosque, inside the mosque

Blue Mosque


Street food

Sneaking snaps in Istanbul

Next up: Iznik

After a day of Nicean ruins…

Buying and making tile

Bath day for S

Life in the small Muslim town of Iznik

Hagia Sophia, Iznik

Hookah lesson

At the market

Turkish National Poem

A parade

Random nature snaps

Gozleme making

The usual suspects



Muslim women

Surprise visit

The music makers

Hat or head scarf?


Landscape I

Landscape II

Landscape III

Landscape IV

Landscape V

Column Church



Parting remarks