Shaped by the hand of nature and extant since the ancient times, Pamukkale is one of the world's most outstanding legacies. Located in the province of Denizli this natural wonder is comprised of terraces and travertine formed by hot springs and streams depositing carbonate minerals. Pamukkale has gained eminence for its waters believed to have curative powers and been used as a thermal bath since centuries.
The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis (established in 200 BC) now helps Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey. The unique formations of travertine (calcium carbonate) shelves, pools and stalactites, which hug the ridge above town like a white scar, were created by the area’s warm mineral water, which cools as it cascades over the cliff edge and deposits its calcium. It’s a strange piece of landscape and this ancient site has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.
Since the 90s, getting down or stepping on the terraces has been forbidden, due to damage to these terraces by thoughtless tourists. In fact, after getting listed as an UNESCO site, lot of hotels and restaurants were removed from the upper grounds as their wastewater discharge was also damaging the calcite terraces. The guys you see in the picture are however from a television station and hence would have had a special permission to walk on the terraces.
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rbassin (18748) 2014-07-10 2:00
une magnifique vue, les couleurs sont de toute beauté.
CLODO (30706) 2014-07-10 2:40
Amazing nature landscape well inhabited by the photographers well located in the frame. I love how the blue mountains and the trees at the background close the image.
ourania (32825) 2014-07-10 3:08
I like very much this extensive and detailed description of an exceptional natural scenery. The textures and the colours of the landscape are attractive and interesting and the people are well placed in your frame, offering scale and reference. The trees and mountains in the distance, as well as the (maybe a little too) deep blue sky, make a solid complement. The echoes of the blue on the landscape provide lovely natural graphism. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
pierrefonds (57973) 2014-07-10 4:25
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the persons has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the Pamukkale. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
jhm (140629) 2014-07-10 4:50
The nature has a lot nice sources only the people makes almost everything broken.
But your picture is perfect taken with wonderful colours and sharpness.
Also a nice panorama view about these area.
This gives nice perspective and depth picture.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (62028) 2014-07-10 5:23
Un endroit exceptionnel. J'aime beaucoup le cadrage avec les hommes bien placés dans l'image pour nous laisser voir ce phénomène extraordinaire.
danos (87923) 2014-07-10 7:37
very nice the view of this section of Pamukkale this landmark of Denizli,with the important thermal centers of Turkey.The unique lakes with the water with the visitors to enjoy relaxing in them.
Nicou (124229) 2014-07-10 8:36
fantastique vue e tiamge quel rendu et dessin sur le sol et ces couleurs avec les personnages très très intéressant.
Bravo et amitié
lousat (78445) 2014-07-10 8:52
Hi Anghsu,spectacular and unusual view from Pamukkale,i visited this place 5 years ago and this is a great menory to me too,fantastic composition and the quality always a step ahead,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (76976) 2014-07-10 23:29
Ce paysage est vraiment très étonnant et tu en as réalisé une remarquable photographie.
jemaflor (86086) 2014-07-10 23:56
A wonderful location well presented with your photo, ice colors and interesting detail with this photographer, tfs.
Wanda1 (14982) 2014-07-11 0:23
This is one place that we would have liked to have visited on our trip to Turkey, but unfortunately there was just not enough time. It looks like it is worthwhile. I like the blend of colours and your use of wide angle to show just how these natural wonders spread out over distance.
papagolf21 (86988) 2014-07-11 4:30
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Encore une image que l'on déguste des yeux avec un réel plaisir.
Le sujet est parfaitement mis en valeur ainsi que la note d'accompagnement.
Un grand merci pour ce partage.
John_F_Kennedy (43065) 2014-07-11 6:21
I was in winter time here, no water, grey sky ... thank for beautiful reminder, this is a nice capture, well exposed and nice and sharp.
Didi (57492) 2014-07-11 8:01
Wonderful natural place
You cannot found this in France
Very nice dominant point of view
pajaran (53000) 2014-07-11 8:19
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa opisom, lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the place with a description, a nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and moment shown.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
Fis2 (86801) 2014-07-11 12:31
A very curious place.
I like POV and colors.
Very impressive picture!
abmdsudi (44308) 2014-07-11 15:20
What an amazing natural phenomenon and the geology beneath with interesting narratives this must be one of Turkey's most spectacular sights. I find the colour scheme is glorious with patches of calcium minerals salts, spreading across the wide view in the distant add the extra white colour complementing the general brownish fg and the blue pools are there to lend a superb contrast. You balance the compo very well with the figs add so much perspective and lead into the depth. A fascinating natural formation, wonderfully captured, Congrats.
macjake (57432) 2014-07-11 23:38
sigh....another wonderful photo from Turkey, really enjoying these.
interesting note about the tv crew, and how tourists ruin the landscape.
i never could understand that! If you travel all that way to see it, why destroy and walk all over it?!
Excellent wide angle pov, shows alot of elegance this way.
Simply put, a very eye pleasing shot
shreya2000 (1244) 2014-07-14 2:34
Another gem from your gallery. Excellent colours. Very good POV. composition is superb.
Thanks for sharing.
mkamionka (30903) 2014-07-16 3:50
lucky TV people :)
I had the pleasure to walk on the terraces -it was allowed at that time when you took off the shoes, I am not sure what is in the end more deleterious: people's dirty feet or shoes... Also you mentioned that upper hotels were removed but the problem are the hotels at the bottom which are redirecting the water to their pools and so advertise themselves. But the luck of water causes the terraces to dry out...
Anyway it was not very clear to me what and why is forbidden. Russian tourists did not care about any prohibitions...
Beautiful presentation and the walking people add some interest here helping to imagine the scale of this place. Interestingly you managed to get some more colors, I remember them being very white.
In any case: very impressive!
PS CLICK HERE to see my photos from Pamukkale.
ChrisJ (100130) 2014-07-16 3:59
Nice warm cold color contrasts between the blue and yellow and a nice shot of the travertine terraces. Good sharpness and saturation and the people add scale. Nice reflections top left. Excellent textural details and density levels. Tfs!
Graal (98295) 2014-07-19 1:28
unusual place in Turkey. Amazing nature. Good informations and photo-work. Fine POV you had. Photo I like.
Have a nice WE.
rigoletto (34269) 2014-07-20 6:02
hmmm yes, the box of turkish delight is getting full and full :)
i have always been wondering the latest situation of pamukkale's travertines: as a child, i remember walking on them, but then it was forbidden for most understandable reasons. good to know that the place retained its original purity, and hope that it keeps so.
wonderful presentation of calcite terraces and the unearthy blues on them. you were really lucky t ohave the permitted photogs over there, so that people can get an idea about the size. very well done...
ps: 2 months of my new life have passed already. so far so good with no serious complaints. my upcoming travel will be to the north, to the captial of russians :)
emka (80912) 2014-07-20 20:41
Nice photo from Pamukkkale, from a part rather flat. I was there in late nineties and it was possible to roam freely on the terraces bare feet). it was fantastic soft feeling in the shallow waters. And the views around were magnificent. What a pity I had no photos, i used only video camera. Later the hotels took water from above terraces that for sure was damaging. It is fascinating place. Something similar in near Oaxaca, Mexico. I learnt to late to change my plans and to visit.
Nice composition. Strange it is colourful. I remember as rather white. Are the guys using tripod?
Kielia (23777) 2014-07-21 7:53
this is a place I only know little about, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. It is a fascinating scenery. The colors and the light are amazing and the composition is excellent. My compliments also for the notes!
dip (23640) 2014-07-22 4:10
the place seems indeed very impressive!
nice image with good quality,I also like the inclusion of the tv people in frame,
COSTANTINO (56799) 2014-07-28 22:32
Hello my dear friend
and have a nice time
amazing capture of this landscape giving
a great depth to this the textures
and the colors are breathtaking
showing Pamukkale one of the
world s most outstanding legacies
in the province of Denizi
your notes are really useful describing
that has gained eminence for itswaters
believed to have curative powers and been
used as a thermal bath since centuries
a nice panorama view
have a nice time
Waylim (25362) 2014-08-01 10:58
Beautiful and amazing nature. Since I have not yet been here and I can only campared with part of China in Huanglong and Yellow Stone in the U.S. it is spectacular the view from the high POV. Excellent quality and composition. The presence of a few people give a good sense of scale but not too many to be distracting.
I'm very conflicted with the signature of your name in such obvious place. I do that sometimes to protect the image from being abused by others. Maybe put it in the corner somewhere. If you want to put in the center of the image it would have to be less visible, at least not at the first glance. I know you wanted it to be visible enough that people don't just steal it.
nikkitta (14992) 2014-08-06 17:40
Tourist help places with their money but mostly destroy them, not only here but in Egypt where they climbed the
pyramids till it was forbidden as well as doing sky at the dunes in Peru
Here you manage to show this special landscape with the reporters to add human scale
Like the line of mountains at the very back, closing the capture
Well done , regards
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56062)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-26
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 DI II VC LD, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-10 1:54