Artos Mountain Kavak Trees
Waiting for the ferry to Akdamar
Snow-streaked mountains behind thrilling sheaves of poplar trees And then the pale sheet of the sea… a common sight around here. 3 May 2016

All over Van are these stands of white poplars with the white-streaked mountains behind. The lake is so vast it looks like a sea. As I drew this, the man in the picture walked up and down the rows, planting his field. I was waiting for the only boat to Akdamar. Since there was no tourism, there were no boats, but I lucked out: a large Turkish family had booked one, and they invited me to come along.

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