Thursday, April 30, 2009

Old Cameras

This picture is taken by our bookshelves. These old cameras are Kodak Instamatic 104 used in the last 60s and 70s by my family and produced in the US, left one Olympus AF-10 world's first fully automatic camera used from 1987 till 1995 by me. These were analog cameras. I would like to see your old cameras here!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Sepetlipınar is a stream born from Samanlı mountains in my province. This small stream is very near in my home. It will be dry in summer, also day by day destroyed by human hands. You could be catch many fish before, but now not possible to see them. Maybe I can not capture this shot near future due to urbanization, they are closed with concrete. What a pity!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Molina ( Atatürk's Flower)

Molina is the tropical flower 106 years old and about 4 meters hight now.

This tropical flower had been buy from İtaly for Atatürk (who was the founder and our first President). He had liked nature and agriculture. Now flower is inside a greenhouse in Maşukiye. Our fellows have to be proud of them therefore hanging flags and Nazar bonjuk(blue bead that worn to avert the evil eye)!

Monday, April 27, 2009

İzmit from seaside

The view from the Gulf of İzmit seaside. A bus has stopped near the beach.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The 23rd of April - National Sovereignty and Children's Day

Sellers of balloon and Simits (Turkish donut with sesame) because of the children's festival.

It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly was inaugurated in Ankara and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern Republic of Turkey. He also dedicated this day to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation and since then, 23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day is celebrated in Turkey as a National Day. The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has also been recognized internationally and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) endorsed this important day as the International Children's Day.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Coachman and Horses(Fayton)

Fayton which means trip vehicle is used for city tour by the seaside in İzmit. They have been prepared for summer in Kocaeli Park.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Treshing Machine

It is deadly waiting due to lack of life aim. Tired but pride! It had been treshing wheats being bread for hungry stomaches.
In these days something changed in my city , our population grow too fast by migration from my country's another sides because my province become an industrial region. Buildings growing everywhere but especially first class agriculture lands. For this reason no jobs for the treshing machine. My fellows are growed many building in their lands instead of wheat!

Thursday, April 23, 2009


This submarine comes out to the surface, from grassy earth not sea!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Country map

My country map and flag with flowers!

This map flowered one side a bridge-crossroads in Gölcük city with our flag color. It looks nice thanks who done this.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Park view

This park in İzmit, in summer time is established some fairs and Lunapark . Please click on photo, you will see day time stars hanged in the sky!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Shore-end of the Gulf

There is walking and cycling road by the end of the İzmit gulf

Nice road but where is my fellows.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rain Drobs

Rain don't go away, shine on my leaves with morning sun.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Retired warship (museum)

This warship is the maritime museum by the gulf of İzmit. There is also one old submarine that is float aft side of the ship. Kocaeli have the main navy base. You can visit these ships to learn about old american war machines. I would like to see all warships like this, retired for peace in the World!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Herbs Shop

This kind of shops in my city sells for everything about food which claim healthy. There have herbs, spices, dried fruits, homemade products, natural soaps and you see dried papers, eggplants hanging outside of the shop. Left side of the picture seen some natural sponges for bath. I wish a healty life for everybody!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Slowly you begin to open up to the world, start again with hope.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Wall

There are some models of historical buildings on this wall with its description. I think good things for remember to history about city. Maybe we would be understood very small remains since 2500 years. İzmit city was completly destroyed by earthquekes many times in the history.
Recently on a road tunnel excavation was find out the archeological foundings the 15 meters down the earth.
Old name of my city ''Nicomedia'' was established by the king Nicomedes of the Bithinia kingdom.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Clock Tower

This clock tower in our main city İzmit build at 1902 by Ottoman empire. There is four clocks each 80 cm. dia. and 3 fountains for thirsty people. It is working more than 100 years that is show us time changed. It is the witness of the city life.

Monday, April 13, 2009 in the street

This man in the city street is painting a white sport-shoe with his brush who is back against a old plane tree. Look at that shoeshine box and paint bottles!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

YeniCuma Mosque in İzmit

Mosque is more than 400 years old.

Mosques in Turkey build with dome-shaped.

This is the fountain ''şadırvan'' located in the middle of the mosque garden for ritual ablutions.

Near the main gate.

This mosque builded up at 1566 by Ottoman architect '' Mimar Sinan''. Muslims pray to god there like a first day because this strong mosque had seen many big earthquake but not affected.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Atatürk Statue in İzmit city

This bronze statue was set up at 1933 in İzmit city and pointed out to the West.

This man is Mustafa Kemal Atatürk(1881-1938) was the founder and the first President of Turkey. What is the means of that pointed arm, at this time he can be said ''Turkey always go to the West. He was the clever man and beileved to the civilization in the west.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spring from the window

This year have too much rainly than last year. But not enough because my country has lacking water and poor country from water.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bike culture

These are some bikes from our wooden bike's shelter.
In my city bike culture is very poor. Many people prefer a car to a bike. Almost every people in my region think that bike for only their children's toy. They use a car in very near distance too.
And I ask myself why we are not like this city.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Turkish Coffee

We drink our coffee after dinner. We prefer to drink our coffee with Turkish style.

Prepare like this; first , two teaspoon coffee let go to a long-handled pot(said tr ''Cezve'') for making Turkish coffee and if you need sugar too. Add cold water and boiled 3-5 minutes. And pour to a small cup(said ''Fincan'') Finally we said ''Afiyet olsun!'' means, I hope to enjoy!.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Rose leaves after the rain

At my garden roses start to awake, her first colour of leaves that will be gradually green is red . Spring rain drops are resting on her leaves for some moments. When the time comes, many colorful roses will be rising.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Field with yellow wild flowers

Earthquake in İtaly. I hope get well soon İtaly !

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring in the Village

The old village house has been left by owners and waiting to disappear or somebody find out it.

Cows and chickens are pasturing in sunny april day at the mountain village.

These lonely old house have left because of our people gone to cities last 30 years for jobs.
Old days this people was living with agriculture and lived big families. They lived together father, mother, grandpa, grandma and childrens, but nowadays micro family is popular. Which is true ? I don't know. Do you know ?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Ship Museum

Ship museum called Yarhisar is located in the Gölcük town. She is at the land not sea!

Gölcük has a navy base of Turkey. There was occured a big (magnitude:7.4) earthquake in 1999. Many people died in this terrific earthquake. Gölcük goes over to the south of the gulf of İzmit. Please go to my another blog Yaşam Yolum to see more photo about the ship and her contents.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pigeons in the city

Time to love for Pigeons in the city.

The wheat seller is sleepy waiting a buyer for her plates that is throwing to the pigeons.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Human Scenery

A Prayer beads seller is waiting his customers near a mousque.

A Chestnut seller is waiting to sell his hot chestnut with his three wheel bike.
In my country there is many jobs are doing in the streets by peddlers. This is a way of his life.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Theme Day : Yellow

Flowers have been the most beautiful yellow color, I think yellow with red have a good combination.

Gulf of İzmit (Kocaeli)

İzmit are placed on the north end of gulf of Izmit by the Marmara sea.

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