Once the early morning haze and smoke from people's wood burners has cleared away, this time of year in Fethiye sees clear blue skies, a glass-like calm sea - and the Fethiye winter seagulls. We love the winter seagulls. Just as the seasonal food on Fethiye market tells us it's winter, so does this flock of swooping, squawking birds that occupies one corner of the harbour at this time each year.
Feeding time along Fethiye harbourLast Tuesday, we were heading along the harbour to meet the family Ramblecrunch at Popeye's fish boat. They were waiting inside the boat but, as we arrived, I couldn't resist stopping to take yet more photos of the seagulls. Someone had thrown bread to them, causing a bit of a frenzy.
Seagulls flying around Popeye's BoatWe clambered onto the boat and continued to take photos through the windows. And then I realised I'd left my camera on 'sunset' setting from the evening before. Practicalities like checking the setting of my camera before I start snapping slip my mind on a regular basis and I thought it was yet another photo opportunity missed.
But, I loaded them to my laptop and I actually quite like the accidental results. The lighting gives a depth to the photos so that there's an almost a 3-D effect to the seagulls.
Camera restored to its correct setting - Fethiye harbour from Popeye's boatAnd, once the bread is finished, the seagulls revert back to their peaceful bobbing about in the sea and this little corner of Fethiye is once more restored to calm...until someone else comes along and lobs chunks of bread into the air.