The last couple of weeks have seen a lot of enforced early-morning wanderings around Fethiye, for one reason or another. Most of these wanderings have been as a result of our lack of internet connection at home - Fethiye is a town in transition and, in our area, phone lines, electricity cables and new water pipes have all been put underground and a new road laid.
Obviously, this has not come without disruption. A ten day wait for new phone cables meant a ten day stint for us as an internet free household. Not good! But all is now sorted, the street looks neat and tidy and we are back online...and it's only this morning that I've been through the early morning photos taken over the last few days and seen them for what they are.
Fethiye fishing boats - a reminder that this is a working townEarly mornings along Fethiye harbour have a certain serenity - yet, this is completely missed when trudging up and down the kordon with a laptop or two on your back, trying to decide which cafe to grace with your presence for a few hours. Yes, many photos were taken while our internet was off, but there was no, "Wow, just look at that view," going on. Far from it.
But today, well wow, just look at that view! The fishing boats that line Fethiye harbour always inspire a photo-taking opportunity, but the early morning scene when the sea is flat calm - just perfect.
Whereas smaller fishing boats along many parts of Mediterranean and Aegean coastline are painted in various bright, pretty colours, there's more of an industrial, functional feel to the boats of Fethiye. They look like they're there to get a job done; a job of catching fish rather than painting an idyllic harbour picture. But that doesn't mean they're any less photogenic. For us, they're an important part of what makes Fethiye, Fethiye.