A little while back, Ferit and I took a boat ride from the town of Dalyan (in Turkey) to İztuzu Beach.
Affectionately known as "Turtle Beach," the 4.5 km-long sandy spit is the breeding grounds for the endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Due to conservation efforts, the beach is only accessible to the public during certain times of the year. During these times, beachgoers must abide by strict rules as they enjoy the beach and the seawater.
The beach was absolutely pristine. We walked the entire length of the beach and back, talking, holding hands, and enjoying each other's company the entire way. Before re-boarding the boat for our return trip, we swam in the Aegean Sea.
While we neglected to take any photos of our time enjoying the beach, we did capture some photos of the boat ride to and from the beach.
|The boat, winding through the river passageways of the Dalyan Delta.|
|Do you recognize any of the passengers?|
|The boat ride took us along the Dalyan cliffs, which were peppered with tombs.|
The Lycian tombs were cut into the cliff walls circa 400 BC.
|Me, with the rock tombs in the background.|
|Me and Ferit, enjoying the ride.|
|Our feet, also enjoying the ride.|
|A most peaceful shot of the river, as our boat navigated through the delta.|
|"Air, Earth, and Water": Another gorgeous shot of the waterway.|
Simple landscapes such as this make my heart smile.
I always like hearing when other countries protect stretches of land for wildlife. We only ever hear of our own National parks and wildernesses. What were the rules?ReplyDelete
Yeah, me too! One such rule: Don't dig into the sand (so as not to disturb the eggs).Delete