The best time to visit Pamukkale is late afternoon or early evening. By this time the tourist buses have departed and a few solitary visitors sit watching the sun sink in the sky.
Pamukkale, which has been used as a spa since the second century BC, literally means "cotton castle" in Turkish.
The travertine features have their origins in the shifting of a fault in the valley of the Menderes river (between here and Denizli). As the fault shifted, very hot springs with a very high mineral content (notably chalk) arose at this location. Apart from the slightly radioactive minerals, the calcium and hydrogen carbonate react to create calcium carbonate (also known as travertine) and limestone. This is what gives Pamukkale its whiteness and created the pools
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corjan3 (2095) 2011-03-17 9:16
Absolutely beautiful. The only two places I know of where rimstone pools form on surface and not in caves are Pamukkale and Huang Long (Yellow Mountain), the latter which I uploaded images of on TN. Maybe there are a few more such places. Back to your image. Beautiful sunset and wonderful atmosphere. Thank you and best wishes.
siudzi (33581) 2011-03-17 11:14
You have discovered an amazing place. Your picture has been taken in a great moment. Lovely work. Congrats!
GREGG (7888) 2011-03-17 11:38
Hi Rosemary,successful photo. Nicely presented the first plan in the rays of the sun. Lovely work.
lousat (76910) 2011-03-18 2:47
Hi Rosematy,you was lucky to be there in this moment of a day,i been there too but when there was a tourist invasion...ehehe...and the pic is fantastic,whit this magic light and no people inside,great camera settings for the best result.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
annjackman (19603) 2011-03-18 3:10
Interesting geology here. I like the stepped effect of the rock and pools and the way the light is catching them. Good strong silhouettes of the trees in the BG.
Beautiful landscape with an interesting note.
Cricri (106327) 2011-03-18 5:47
Vous avez choisi le bon moment, l'effet est magique, le spectacle de la rivière est splendide, une très jolie réalisation
ines8 (6098) 2011-03-18 5:49
A charming image, superb moment of the day, beautiful picture.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-03-19 10:43
A la beauté du site tu as su ajouter la beauté du ciel, une vraie réussite !
Royaldevon (29591) 2011-03-19 15:24
You chose the perfect time to capture this shot, with the low sun emphasising the vein-like structures across the surface of the land and turning the pools to glass. There is a strong contrast between the amber light in the sky and the grey, vegetationless f/g.
I might have cropped just a little from the sky to give that lovely sun an even stronger position.
My warm regards,
delpeoples (53009) 2011-03-22 4:06
Congratulations on this lovely composition. It's so soft and romantic, a very feminine shot, if that's possible. I love the foreground textures and the pinkish tones. Well-seen and realised.