The sunset photo - a bit of a cliché of the photography world, but aren't they just irresistible? Wherever we are, we always like to try and catch a good sunset. The trouble is, we're a bit spoilt in this part of Turkey. We can watch the increasingly famous Çalış Beach sunset whenever we like, a stroll towards town at the right time of day gives us a glimpse of the Fethiye harbour sunset, we've photographed the sun going down at the Sundial and we've also caught the odd image of the sunset around Ölüdeniz.
All of these sunsets inspire awe and tempt any wannabe photographer to take out their camera and make numerous attempts to capture the moment. It happens to us even when we're not in the Fethiye area. While we were in Izmir, we were fortunate to be walking along the seafront on our first evening there.
Sunset in Izmir
As the sun disappeared over the horizon of the Aegean, silhouettes of the lighting and sculptures stood out against the oranges of the sky. You can also make out the silhouettes of people. That's because Izmir's breezy seafront - the kordon (promenade) and the grassy areas around it - is hugely popular in the summer months.
They don't just serve the purpose of making the area look neat and tidy. The local people of Izmir make full use of it, strolling, sitting along the walls or sitting on the grass, chatting and drinking. And why not when this is the view? It's a really lovely place to be in the evening - a light, relaxed atmosphere.
But we have a question:
We love modern scuptures (we photographed a lot of sculptures in Antalya). For us, they add real interest to an area. The sculpture in this photo was one of the first things that caught our eyes along Izmir seafront - we loved it - but as with many other modern, artistic additions to the city streets of Turkey, there is no information about it nearby. A quick search online has given a small clue that it may be called 'Dilek Ağacı' - 'Wish Tree.'
Do you know anything about this sculpture? Is that its name and who were the sculptors? We'd love to read your suggestions if you're able to shed any light on this. Thanks.