Photographer's Note

As I approached the site of Pamukkale / Hierapolis I was hoping for basins full of water reflecting the colour of a blue sky but this was not the case on this occasion as there had been no recent rainfall. To introduce a little colour into my composition I included this mineral stream running off the plateau...Anyhow I am not overly happy with my result I think I should and could have tried a little harder here.

Pamukkale is one of the most extraordinary natural wonders in Turkey. Dozens of coaches daily make the long excursion, three hours drive from Bodrum, Marmaris or Kusadasi. Stay over-night if you can to enjoy its tranquillity early in the morning or in the evening. The big attraction is a vast white cliff side with scallop-shaped basins of water and frozen waterfalls. It looks as if it's made out of snow or cloud or balls of cotton.

The scientific explanation is that hot thermal springs pouring down the hillside deposit calcium carbonate, which solidifies as travertine. If you take off your shoes, you can gingerly roam the terraces or paddle in the pools. The Turks have dubbed this geological fairyland Pamukkale, or "cotton castle".

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/50
F-Stop: f/11.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 10/1 mm

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Additional Photos by Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048)
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