Water in the Artemis Temple

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

Except the wildlife (oh, and the guys who follow you round with well thumbed guidebooks, playing on wooden flutes and the occasional tour bus).  But the wildlife is the thing.

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.


6 responses to “Water in the Artemis Temple

  1. . . they dig-in! Same thing at Kaunos and around our garden!

    • Hilary was really upset and worried about the frogs and turtles the first time we saw the area without water. Now she has established they come back again she’s OK with the whole digging in thing.

  2. The water levels seem out of sync with the seasons. I wonder why?

    • Hilary doesn’t really understand and thought it odd. She thought that the rains would fill it. Ashley explained that it’s to do with the water table. The snows melt and the water level rises. Then, towards the height of summer, farmers draw the water off for irrigation and the level starts to drop. The wetlands round Pamucak are on a similar cycle though, by late November, a lot of the paths become impassable.

  3. Sounds like you had a great time you should write a book.we are out the end of October for one week managed to get flights price not to bad but try and charge you for suit cases that we don’t need at £50 return per case they just try it on.hope you are both ok Annette

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