Once ominous and difficult to navigate, the Black Sea derived its name before the Greek colonized its shores, and was often more blatantly referred to as Inhospitable Sea. No, it is not black in color. On the contrary, it flows in an entire spectrum of blue, along the coast of northern Turkey, where I fell in love with it at first sight. Such are its shades, such is the intensity of sunsets over it, and such are the skies that protect it.
I’ll let each of these pictures speak their thousand words. Let it be known that photoshop or any sort of photo editing had no role to play in depicting the sheer beauty of the Black Sea (except for the black frame that encloses each photo). Long live my beloved Sony Cybershot!
In Amasra, my first coastal town by the Black Sea, I sit amid the weeds of a slope for hours, watching the clouds play hide & seek with the sun. It finally leads to this, ‘a halo on the sea’ moment.
The next moment, the clouds rise and the sun shines across a section of the Black Sea in all its splendor.
Ready to tuck itself in, the sun turns a bright red, sketching a colorful painting amid the clouds.
The clouds threaten to attack the sun as the sea looks on. Who’s ominous now?
In the coastal town of Ordu, the sea and the sky are hopelessly in love with each other.
Summing up life by the Black Sea; a cosy cafe overlooking the azure waters, good food & good company.
Atop Boztepe Hill, on a day so misty you can’t tell where the sea ends and the sky starts.
If there was a picture to define life by the coast, maybe this would pass.
Loyal summer residents of the Black Sea, these elegant seagulls.
The first glimpse of Gilderos Bay, near the coastal town of Cide.
While waiting for a ride by the Gilderos Bay, magic happens.
A long bus ride and a power nap later, this sunset greets me from my window.
Twilight on the Black Sea and my last memory of these waters.