Wanderings

Is There Life On Mars?

The lake that lies just below our mountain hide-away is almost unique. ‘Almost’ because there is one other like it on Earth in Canada. These lakes have one other attribute that adds to their uniqueness – they are believed to have many similarities with the surface of the planet Mars!

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NASA image

Really, I kid you not! You can read the reports online from such organisations as Glasgow University. Looking out from our cabin I can’t see what they see, but they are the scientists after all!

Anyway, J and I will grab any window of opportunity to take ourselves off to our hidey-hole. The air feels fresh and clean and the peace and quiet is so good for the inner and outer being. This time around we agreed to take a couple of friends and lodge them at the new hotel on the other side of the lake. They could join us during the day as we did our thing and then, in the evening, we could relax and enjoy the quiet we love and they could relax in centrally heated luxury instead of dossing on the cabin floor!

Our time together was spent gazing, spellbound, at the amazing views, eating spicy rabbit casserole and non-stop talking.

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view from the top

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view turned around 180*

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It was a short stay and on the way back to Okçular we stopped off in the village of Yazı Köy which has one of the most beautiful small mosques to be found anywhere. S,  J’s long-time friend who is on a longish visit from the UK, had never been inside a mosque. What better introduction than this:

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part of the beautiful, hand-painted ceiling

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from the women’s gallery

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J in ‘conversation’ with the delightful imam – he remembered us from our visit three years earlier. The other guy is a local who insisted on translating from Turkish to ‘Dutchlish’ – hard to know who was the most confused!

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Three years ago many of these beautiful alabaster window frames were damaged. What a delight to see that they had been restored to perfection. The mosque is in everyday use, it is cherished and really cared for. You can read about this and other amazing village mosques by following the link to earlier posts. There are also a lot more photos. You will also read about J and me being deep inside some local caves when the lights went out! Having been thwarted back then we took our friends off for another go – this time the force was with us!

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Not the greatest photos for an attraction well worth a visit. The Keloğlu Caves are close to Acıpayam in Denizli Province. Legend has it that entering the caves is a cure for baldness – didn’t do anything for me, and the guardian is a bald as a coot!

Finally, is there life on Mars? Yes, and here’s the evidence!

Crocus chrysanthus

Crocus chrysanthus

Colchicum burttii

Colchicum burttii

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

14 thoughts on “Is There Life On Mars?

  1. The lake and the crocus are lovely but the inside of the Mosque reminds me of the painted house both awesome, also the caves look really interesting, there’s no end to these wonderful things and places you keep finding. I bet you have really made it for Sue and Alan, one of those lovely times that stay with you for ever. The cabin has really come in to it’s own hasn’t it and so it should. Take care.

  2. I’ve made a comment on F B or you Bruv xx You have done a great write up. Thanks for sharing it all with us. xx

  3. A, What a fabulous place you’ve landed in! BTW, so we believe your lake is comparable only to those on Mars (and one in Canada) but what kind of lake do they call it and what makes it unique? I remember your wonderful posts from the village mosques. So glad this beauty is being cared for and used! Take care and best to J.

    1. . . it’s a magnesium lake and it’s the type of stromatalites that inhabit it that are important – easier to ‘google’ that than write here. The mosque has just had a full and very careful facelift/restoration – nothing bad or out of character has been done. The imam is as delightful as ever.
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  4. Hi Alan. It’s lovely to have news of you both and to know how happy you both are in your ‘new’ village. The Mosque is beautiful, I have never seen one like that. I would say you two are lucky but we make our own luck, you are both delightful welcoming people so you deserve this life. Happy New Year to you both. Mary

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