Alien Landscapes of Cappadocia

Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya) is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir, Kayseri, Kırşehir, Aksaray, and Niğde Provinces in Turkey.

The name, traditionally used in Christian sources throughout history, continues in use as an international tourism concept to define a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage. [Wikipedia]

Pre-historic volcanic activity created mysterious formations across the region. This also made parts of the formations easy to excavate which was used by local tribes and monks to carve out cave dwellings that were occupied as recently as the 1970's.

Shot with the D500 and the Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8 lens.

Streets of Cappadocia (BW)

Cappadocia is technically not a single place but a region comprising of multiple small towns. All of the following photos were shot in and around Göreme. The entire landscape of Cappadocia is unique and pieces of it were captured in this set. But more on that on another post. 

Shot with D500 and the Nikkor 17-55mm F2.8 and 35mm F1.8 lenses.

Balloons in Cappadocia

Here's a collection of photos from my visit to Cappadocia, Turkey earlier this year. There are a few things to note from a photography perspective. You start at 4 am (latest 4:30 am). So make sure you have your batteries charged, everything packed — just to not miss out on what is needed while sleepwalking. Shot with the D500 and 17–55 mm f2.8. (The rides last around 60–75 minutes but are subject to weather conditions for the start.)