It has been an amazing and wonderful winter on the Aegean, and this photographic love-letter to it is my farewell. Starting with this mother-daughter combo in the therapeutic red- thermal waters in Pamukkale.
Only royalty were allowed to wear Purple in the ancient days.
The tavertines of Pamukkale and the azure pools of warm water.
A May Day drink for you?
This was my adopted cat, SugarGirl. She was so loving and over the top affectionate especially in the early part of the morning.
This face was found on the rocks near Pedesa. A town 6 km north of Bodrum that came to be after people from the destroyed town of Troy settled here.
This is from the grounds of Heirapolis, the ancient town above Pamukkale. The gate was open to a fenced-off part of the ruins. So I went in and photographed this and got kindly escorted out a few minutes later. This place has hundreds of great sculptures on broken marble that now rest here.
I love looking for Pareidolias. This is the wild- eyed boy from Treetrunk.
These are baby almonds, with an edible skin, locally used as a vegetable and also for jam-making.
I only have eyes for you.
I love this view of Mytilene from Ayvalik
I'm very pleased to have found this "lion" on the rocks near Bitez. I go back and visit it once a week.
Found this skull face (lower-left of the frame) on the cliffs just near Bitez. I filmed my time-travel video
just down the escarpment from here, near the ancient burial tombs.
Always try to stand out in the crowd.
I became friends with these two dogs not far from my house up the riverbed road. They were always so affectionate and skinny. The female had a few pups to. I used to feed them and here they are the last time I visited with them.
I stopped making these sculptures when the weather warmed up and I a huge centipede startled me. Their bite can be deadly and very painful.
I thought this tree looked like a poodle.
Bitez Beach and Byron in February.
Blue Eye and I used to sit by the tree in the next picture. She disappeared the last few weeks and I never got to have my fair well walk with her.
Alexander the Great fought here for a few days before gaining entrance through this gate into Halicarnassos (Bodrum). It is the last remaining segment of the wall that used to surround the ancient city, and named after the conqueror.
Sculpture from the Afrodissias Museum.
You can call me anything but don't call me Late for Dinner!
The oldest Greek food writing is a recipe for fish.
An astounding Roman mosaic, now in the garden of a hotel.
The mulberries are the first berries of the season, and they'll be ripe very soon.
My dolphin mosaics from the Byzantine chapel.
Poodle Mimetolith in the Tavertines of Pamukkale.
Poppies and cactuses in Aktur.
Morel mushrooms from the forests around Bitez.
A cat in Ephessos by the famous library
My friend Seda Arun with a page of a book about her famous-poet father. Özdemir Asaf
The blooms of a bay leaf tree
The Elephanta Tree
A sample of Born-in-Stone, my new fine-art project.
Alexander The Great's Sarcophagus in the Istanbul Archeological Museum. May he rest in relief...
I told you I wasn't feeling well.
Plaka in Athens, with the Acropolis behind.
For me the whole trip got the stamp of approval when I made this image called Venus Eros Satre. I am selling these at a friendly price to fund the creation of this body of work. This sculpture is also just about one of the finest things in the world to see and stand next to.
The Magical Sphere of the Sun used during Dionastic rituals in conjunction with the Elussian Mysteries.
A horse is a horse, of course, of course, / And no one can talk to a horse of course / unless of corps, it's a flying horse.
On the plane home...
May this day be May Day... and a Day for you to Relax.
Photographs by Algis Kemezys (c) 2012