Hot air ballons over Love Valley near Goreme and Nevsehir in the center of Cappadocia, Turkey (region of Anatolia). This shot taken shortly after sunrise shooting into the sun. Sun flares visible.
Three million years ago the nearby volcano Erciyes spit out ashes to form a layer of tuff. In some places these are covered by a layer of basalt lava. Then the more durable basalt cracked and split under attack from the weather. Rainwater washed out the cracks and eroded the tuff. In a lot of areas this resulted in these cone formed rocks with a hard basalt top. The Turks call them Fairy Chimneys.
There are a lot of fairly undocumented hiking trails in this area around Goreme and Uchisar.
A portfolio page with images of my trip to cappadocia follows…