I know, I know, I know. Only two posts in November, and both of those fro old trips to Europe! I spent November in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and the beaches of Southern Turkey and online working in Bishkek… and yet somehow didn’t get around to writing about ANY of it. Luckily, though, I did manage to find time to post photos on my Instagram account nearly every day; whether shots from the archives or live from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
For those two shepherds in yesterday’s #Azerbaijan photo, this is both livestock and livelihood. For rural communities across so much of #CentralAsia, #animal husbandry is the primary (if not the only) source of income. It may not always be the first thing that comes to mind when sitting down to a a #shashlyk feast, but sometimes the raw truth is that these goofy looking sheep are a life and death matter for those whose income depends on them. #Travel #Travelgram #Latergram #DSLR #Animals #nature #animalsofinstagram
The most popular, this shot from the mountains surrounding the village of Xinaliq in Azerbaijan, is one from way back in the archives yet remains one of my favorite memories and locations in the entire country. You might be amazed just how much time two photographers can spend with a flock of sheep in a picturesque mountain background.
Happy Thanksgiving! I don’t know how you’re celebrating, but I’m off to the #Mountains. The last time I went #camping at Ala-Archa was a total #winter snowscape, and this weekend seems poised to be much the same. Wish me luck and warmth, and then check back next week for photos of the #hiking trip. #Travel #Travelgram #DSLR #Latergram #Nature #Snow #Landscape #CentralAsia #Kyrgyzstan #Bishkek A photo posted by Stephen Lioy (@slioy) on
This one too, is from way back. Since I stayed in Kyrgyzstan for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, I decided to celebrate by heading out to the snowy mountains just to the south of Bishkek for a weekend camping in the snow. This photo, from a trip last year to the same national park, is a good representation of what it felt like: snow, cold, and lots of walking to stay warm thorough an amazing landscape. Check back later for photos from this most recent trip.
Have you ever flown through #Istanbul? Every time I do, whether arriving or departing or just passing through on a quick layover, I find myself straining and searching for those most famous landmarks overlooking the #Bosphorus and Sea of Marmara on the shores of #Sultanahmet. The views from a plane window may not be quite so up-close as from one of the area’s many rooftops, but spotting the many minarets of the Blue Mosque feels a little like catching a glimpse of an old friend. I’m flying through Istanbul today on the way to #Antalya. Finally, another region of #Turkey! #IstanbulLife #Istanbuldayasam #Travel #Travelgram #DSLR #Latergram
Islamic tilework is often a thing of intricate and colorful designs, but nowhere moreso than at the Rustem Pasa #Mosque in #Istanbul. Commissioned by a Grand Vizier of the #Ottoman Empire who would never be allowed to compete with the Imperial Mosques for sheer architectural splendor, Rustem Pasa instead took the more subtle approach. Thousands of Iznik tiles, ornately patterned, line the mosque’s walls inside and out. Quieter and less crowded than the #Sultanahmet mosque or nearby Spice Bazaar, this also feels like a quiet corner of calm in an otherwise chaotic district. #Turkey #Travel #Travelgram #Latergram #DSLR #Istanbuldayasam #IstanbulLife
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The rest, as you might expect given my travels in November, are all from Turkey. These two, shots from the mosques of Istanbul, represent two of the most colorful parts of one of my favorite cities in the world. The next two, both from Antalya, mark the first time I’ve ever visited Turkey and left the big city… remarkable given that I’ve been there 15 times at this point! Another trip to IST is coming up in mid-December and, true to past form, it’ll be all big city all the time. I do want to get back to Antalya to explore a bit more, though, as well as to eventually see what the rural bits of Turkey look like.
One final day in #Antalya, and it seems I’m one of the last. The #beaches are empty, the shops mostly closed, and the Taurus #mountains stand quietly over the south of town as sentinels through the long quiet winter. Tomorrow, for me at least, it’s Istanbul! #Travel #Travelgram #DSLR #Turkey #Mediterranean
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That was November on my side of the world, and you can follow me on Instagram to see December’s updates and beyond. What was it like in your November, and what big plans do you have for the end of the year?