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The View Over Goreme

July 20, 2013 | | By Kevin Read

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The Cappadocia region of Turkey is one of the best places in the world to explore on foot. It started millions of years ago as volcanic eruptions and natural erosion formed long valleys of unusual rock formations. Later, various civilizations came and went, some of them carving the rocks into structures and buildings. Fairy chimneys – conical shapes of volcanic rocks – were carved out to make churches, houses and other buildings, which are still used today as restaurants and hotels.

My first night in the town of Goreme, I hiked to the best location I could find to capture the sun setting over the valleys. This picture was taking from a rocky outcrop overlooking a scene of fairy chimneys and farmland about 20 minutes walk out of town. Over the next few days I would explore most of these valleys from above and below, but this was my first glimpse of the area after a long night bus from the West of Turkey.

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