The Sea of Marmara as seen from the Küçük Ayasofya neighborhood in Fatih. Some of these ships are probably waiting their turn to navigate the challenging Bosphorus. For details about how treacherous this can be, here is information about navigating your yacht through the straights.
The Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) is a common, native breeding bird in Istanbul, but it has a much wider range than just Turkey. The Bosphorus itself is an important flyway for bird migration. A third airport is being built in Istanbul, near the Black Sea. This has been controversial for many reasons, including its threat to migrating birds.
The Bosphorus (2)
This is at Macar Bay, in Anadolu Kavağı, on the Asian side, close to where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. (This is still considered Istanbul). The day was rather windy (are you sure you want to click on that link?). See the next post for a shot of the bay.
A few moments with the Bosphorus, just north of the Dolmabahçe Mosque. The soundtrack is full of something I haven’t found in Istanbul: silence.
Boats at Ortaköy
Two small boats moored on the Bosphorus at Ortaköy. (Ozan means ‘poet’).