December 15, 2010

Photographer: Raghunath Kadavanoor
Summary Author: Raghunath Kadavanoor; Jim Foster

The photo above shows some of the fascinating, fairyland landscape of the Cappadocia region of central Turkey. This terrain has been worked over the eons by wind and water. Humans have also sculpted the landscape, perhaps beginning with the Assyrian Civilization around 1,200 BC. Much of the soft volcanic rock (tuff) composing the natural outcrops has been hollowed out and or carved into homes, stairways, chimneys, and even church steeples. In 1985, Göreme National Park, within Cappadocia, was declared a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 1000D; Focal Length: 18.0mm; Aperture: f/9.5; Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250); ISO equiv: 200; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Manual; Flash Fired: No; Color Space: sRGB.