Last weekend, I went to my first site trip of the fall term. I was very excited about it. I had so much fun that I didn’t feel tired. 🙂 I also wanted to share my documentation with you. I did lots of sketches and I took lots of pictures.
So, Salt Lake is the second largest lake in Turkey, and it is one and a half hour away from Ankara. Salt Lake has importance of being a landmark in the map, because there is two lakes in Turkey and their locations, which one is which, can be known easily and, this helps us to show other cities on the map quicker. Our first stop at Salt Lake, contained man-made structure and there were locals. It wasn’t totally desolated, there was a living. There were also lots of greens where the bus was parked. But once you walk through the structures, the type of the flora was changed. There was no trees near the lake, rather than trees and bushes, there was tall weeds. The soil and the landscape has changed too. During the ride to Salt Lake, topography was changeable. In some part, I observed high mountains and in some parts I observed flat landscape. What I can say about the soil is, there were also productive soil near where the bus stopped, but once you got closer to Salt Lake, the type of the soil also changed. In some parts, it became dirt with salt and once you walk far enough, only material you experienced was salt and water. I couldn’t walk far enough, but, a prediction from the data I gathered, if you walk more, the amount of water increases while the salt increases, but because the increase in water was larger than the increase in salt, the area got watery.
While I was walking with my friends, I didn’t realise how fast the time past. We were urged by the horizon, the endlessness. We were wondering how much we could go and what we would see, if we could pass the horizon. There was a mystery to be tasted. During the class discussion, we tried to solve this problem: time perception. We could use our shadow to predict the past time. Because the location of the sun is changeable, it rises from west and it sets from east, we can estimate the change in our shadow and use that measurement as a method which was also used by the ancient people. Also, maybe the change of the size of horizon and the mountains isn’t noticeable that much, but you can also turn your face to the direction where you started walking and see the noticeable change in structure sizes. That will also help you predict your distance from the starting point.
As I mentioned in the pervious paragraph, there was a mystery. You really did want to walk towards the horizon. Without any doubt that there was people who were oriented to the mountain, even me, but the attractiveness of the horizon was incredibly big. However, when we were returning to Ankara, on the way back home, we stopped again in Salt Lake. The difference was, it was night-time. So, it was hard to see the land and the horizon wasn’t there. The sun was setting. This time, the beauty of the redness on the mountains were attractive. Thus, our directionality was changed when compared with morning, because our vista also changed.
We also did consider the wind and the sun together. There was a cold breeze, but once it stopped the sun heated strongly. The time was passing, and the sun was going to set in time. I think sun had an effect on the texture of the Salt Lake. Because the ground was harder when we came back to lake at night. About the wind, I think making estimation in a very short period of time wouldn’t be consistent. We should be examining the direction, speed, and the force of the wind throughout the year for better results. Noise was one other information we argued about. In the day time, we heard the noise of the cars, each individually was very clear, but once we got away from the road, the noise got deeper and there was a consistent noise of buzzing. At night, the noise got louder.
Last point I want to discuss is the man-made-natural transition. All the way to the parking area of the Salt Lake, we were left with nature, sure there were settlements but they were very small and they were also isolated by the trees. Also, the parking area was forested with small trees and bushes. But as I told in the previous paragraphs, there was a sharp transition between man-made and natural production. Those structures were the reason of big noticeable change.
We also stopped at a different location of the Salt Lake. This time the field wasn’t as wide as the first one. The lake was in a pit. The land was pitch. There was also textural difference. The difference in texture restricted our bodily experiences. There was also a obstacle, a small but steep hill. Some of my friends had hard time passing there. I also did have a problem and I cannot imagine small children and old people, even disordered people passing that area. It would be harder for them. We couldn’t walk far enough because the weed was hurting our legs. The visual experience was different from the first one. Because there was a slope and the ratio of land and the lake was almost equal to each other, I didn’t feel free and I felt depressed. The encloser level was higher in this part of the lake. We were even more closer to the mountains, this is why we felt bigger and the area seemed smaller and, I couldn’t see the horizon. But according to our prediction, if we passed the grassy land and achieved a clear view of the lake, we would see the horizon more clear and we wouldn’t feel that much depressed. And last of all, our direction was toward the mountains. The slope was forcing us to walk straight.