Photographer's Note

Last Sunday, I was in Ayas, a town and district of Ankara 58 km from the city. I deeply feeled as if time has stopped there. Away from the hectic, frantic, stressful, and exhausting big city life, residents seemed to be very relaxed and welcoming the first warm lights of the coming spring.

Here is a brief info about Ayas from Wikpedia:

"Ayaş is a town and district of Ankara Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, 58 km from the city of Ankara which is very rich for historical monuments. According to 2000 census, population of the district is 21,239 of which 7,839 live in the urban center of Ayaş. The district covers an area of 1,112 km2 (429 sq mi), and the average elevation is 910 m (2,986 ft).
The district is known for its mulberry trees, its tasty tomatoes and its healing mineral water spas, both for drinking and bathing. There is an annual mulberry festival in the town of Ayaş.
The town has a long history and is mentioned in folk songs and the journals of the traveller Evliya Çelebi."

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