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Tourists on the Travertines

By nonur  
Shot at Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey

Thank you for the votes and kind comments on "PVC Pipe"! They are much appreciated.

I thought it would be useful to add this info about the place (taken from Wikipedia), as I have more to upload:
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.

Travertine terrace formations at Pamukkale, Turkey. May 21, 2011
The ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.

Tourism is and has been a major industry. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. As recently as the mid-20th century, hotels were built over the ruins of Hieropolis, causing considerable damage. An approach road was built from the valley over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes. When the area was declared a World Heritage Site, the hotels were demolished and the road removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.

Tags: Photo journalism Turkey Landscape and travel Pamukkale

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Comments


morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 9:06AM
Brilliant shot, excellent composition, it looks a fascinating place

Hugh

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mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 9:17AM
Tourists in an alien landscape. I assume that those are salt deposits? Intriguing.
Moira
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
30 Nov 2012 9:18AM
looks wonderful Smile
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 9:34AM
Yes, intriguing: I can't imagine a lady in a light dress lying down in the snow!
A well-balanced image with the three contrasting groups of people.
Regards
Bill
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
30 Nov 2012 9:46AM
What an amazing place is this Nazih !! A great photo of this stunning scene Smile
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
30 Nov 2012 11:22AM
Well captured. I paid it a visit in 2008 and was impressed. I took a lot of images of the scene.

My favourite time on the week I was in Turkey was travelling along the Dalyan river.

regards,

Ken.

ps, some of mine are way back in my EPZ portfolio.
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 12:08PM
A great foreword and a wonderful accompanying image Nazih

Regards Nathan
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 12:34PM
Thanks for the extra information, Nezih. Extra understanding is always welcome!
B
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 12:42PM
Yes, thanks for the Wiki information.
Moira
CaroleS Plus
6 424 3 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 1:22PM
Intriguing information, very well captured too.
Carole
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
30 Nov 2012 1:58PM
Interesting scene, would love to be there to see this.......Sandy
Tibetan 4 3 England
30 Nov 2012 2:48PM
Very interesting narrative, I thought it was salt deposits at first, thank you for that, nice photo tourists are part and parcel of places like that, nice one like it, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 3:02PM
Excellent shot, Nezih and commentary.

Ray
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 3:23PM
FascinatingGrin I thought it was snow and ice till I read the infoTongue.................. Great capture!
Diane
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 4:39PM
Looks an interesting place.
Great exposer with a good comp very interesting place well presented with good info.

John
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 6:29PM
Grate capture Nazih, Spot on with the exposure and composition,lovely.
Elena
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
30 Nov 2012 7:02PM
A fine candid which is full of interesting elements.

Albert
netta1234 Plus
4 381 2 Wales
30 Nov 2012 9:57PM
A Verry interesting sceneSmile
NettaSmile
30 Nov 2012 11:19PM
Lovely image. Love the light. Don
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
1 Dec 2012 1:24AM
What an interesting and intriquing landscape. The geology beneath where I live is limestone - we have several quarries nearby and I can see how the calcium encrusts everything around it. Here it is many times more concentrated - amazing the formations it has created.

Anne
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
1 Dec 2012 10:05AM
Good to see it being protected.
Merhaba Nezih,
A great capture, i first visited in 1995 and then in 2003 by which time the hotels had been demolished.
But i was disappointed that the artificial pools were like bath tubs, i think with a bit of thought they
could have sculptured them to blend in with the original pools.
Regards Arnie.Grin
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
27 Feb 2013 1:11PM

Quote:Merhaba Nezih,
A great capture, i first visited in 1995 and then in 2003 by which time the hotels had been demolished.
But i was disappointed that the artificial pools were like bath tubs, i think with a bit of thought they
could have sculptured them to blend in with the original pools.
Regards Arnie.Grin



Merhaba again, Arnie,
I was there in September last year. They tidied up the place and I liked that, but still missed some of the old features as well.
Thank you for your kind comment and personal info.

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