Thursday, March 22, 2012

After several weeks of depressingly dreary skies, bountiful rays of sunshine have returned to Istanbul.

With the sunshine and official beginning of spring, I've finally started seeing more signs of springtime life around the city.

People are flocking in droves to the outdoor cafes and seaside restaurants.

Irises and tulips are peeping up in the parks.

Grass, what little there is here and there, is turning green.

And trees are blossoming.
Springtime in Istanbul
Today, I was out shooting some photos with the Photography Club of Istanbul in the Vefa neighborhood. I snapped a few photos of these lovely budding trees, so I thought I'd share them with you. Hopefully, I'll have some more photos to share soon. (Claudia, if you are reading, I tried Vefa boza for the first time!)

Spring makes me happy! What about you?

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

what is spring? we have perpetual summer here.

Julia said...

Soooo good to see the evidence of and feel the warmth of spring isn't it? We've had a beautifully warm week here in Fethiye. Just makes you want to be outside making the most of it, doesn't it? Love the blossom photos. :)

Joy said...

@jaz, I know, my parents located in Nebraska, have experienced the same thing. From winter straight to 80 F temps!

@Julia, Loooove Istanbul when its blue skies appear! Definitely soaking up as much Vitamin D outside as I can! Enjoy your warm weekend as well! Can't wait unti the lale appear soon!

Unknown said...

Hi Joy! Yes, I AM reading!! And what did you think of boza, that amazing Turkish winter drink?? Odd, isn't it? Love your photos as always ....

Mrs Ergül said...

Istanbul must be beautiful in spring. Lovely spring photos you have there!

Joy said...

Hi Claudia, Boza is like drinking a spoonful of applesauce, but definitely not as sweet! I drank/spooned about half my glass. It was interesting, but not sure if I would try again. =)

@Mrs. Ergul, thank you! I am waiting for the tulips to bloom soon in Emirgan Park.

Mrs. Kolca said...

Oh my! I will be visiting Istanbul and hopefully other places in Turkey this spring. See you there? :)