1Hot air ballons over Love Valley
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. Buy at iStock Vetta or at Getty
2Cave houses in Zelve Valley
Cave houses carved into the soft tufa rocks in Zelve Valley.Buy at iStock
3Pigeon Valley and Uchisar
View through Pigeon Valley to the city of Uchisar. In several villages around a lot of houses were carved into the soft tufa rock. The same happened to the castle hill in Uchisar (left area). To the right the so called Pigeon Valley. Formerly the farmers carved Pigeon Houses into the stone to “harvest” the dung once a year as fertilizer for their fields.Buy at iStock
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