The River of Light: Beypazari in Winter

Beypazari in February

Beypazari is a mid-size Turkish town to the west of Ankara, famous for carrots and silver and surrounded for miles around by barren hills that look like dry parts of Utah or South Dakota. Carrots don’t grow in the winter, so the streets were almost empty when I passed through on a wet day this past February. A small collection of school kids and their scarf-wearing moms were heading home into the setting sun, and this plodding boy was the last one around the corner.

The houses ominously lining the street on both sides are hundred-year-old holdovers from Turkey’s Ottoman history, with classic Ottoman overhanging balconies and whitewashed walls framed by dark wood. These haven’t yet had the good fortune to be renovated like many of Beypazari’s other historic houses.

Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO 200, Tv=1/40, Av=18.0.

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