We really enjoy visiting the Artemis Temple in Selçuk. Oh, people will tell you ‘there is nothing there’. But that is rather the point. It was once one of the wonders of the Ancient World, but that particular incarnation of the Temple was destroyed by Christians. There is a single, poorly reconstructed column with a stork’s next on the top. Nothing beside remains…
That and surroundings (you can see the Castle, St. John’s Basillica and Isa Bey Mosque in a single viewfinder) and the opportunity to watch the seasons change.
One thing that is really interesting (to Hilary, who does not understand it) is the way the water levels rise and fall. The levels start to rise in March and continue to rise right through t0 July or August. Then they fall again. The picture on the left was taken in January 2012. There were just little puddles of water. The picture on the right was taken in June this year when the water was at its highest. The really puzzling thing is what happens to all the turtles and frogs. In mid-September there was a huge concentration of them in what was left of the main body of water. In winter, when there is hardly a puddle, we have no idea where they hide. Clearly they hide somewhere as they are back with the water come spring.
Hilary was in the temple with a friend at the beginning of September and the water levels looked like this:
Ten days later and the water is almost all gone.