Photographer's Note

This photograph was taken in Abant Lake-Bolu...

Abant is about 200 km. northwest of Ankara on the İstanbul highway and it is 225 km. when you trive from Istanbul. To reach Abant Lake you turn left at the Abant crossing after Bolu, which is one of Turkey's greenest cities.
Surrounded by dense pine forests, the fresh water lake is 1.325 meters above sea level. It has an area of 125 hectares and is fed by underwater sources. Abant is a perfect place for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and the stress of the daily grind.

The countryside is pleasantly different in very season. In autumn a forest of reds, yellows and greens combine with the rich hues of soil from the brushstrokes of a painter. In winter the landscape is tucked beneath a pure white blanket. Flora and fauna go wild in the Abant springtime offering an endless treasure for photographers.

The lake in summer has rich plant life with wild fruit trees, flowers, mushrooms all around, and water lilies covering the surface.

The trout farm at Abant is the first in Turkey. There is a fee for fishing, but your chances of catching a few are quite good. The forests around the lake offer perfect living environment for deer, and a special wildlife reserve is dedicated to increasing their numbers.

The seven-kilometers walk around the lake offers a great opportunity to enjoy the environs. While you are walking the noises made by birds and squirrels will be there to accompany you, not to mention the wild strawberries for you to enjoy as you walk. Those who don't wish to walk can ride on a horseback or complete the tour with a horse cart. But be warned, if you are not used to riding a horse you may find it difficult to walk or sit down after your tour! If sitting is no problem, you will find many banks, picnic areas and open-air cafés for a rest en route.
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