Photographer's Note

On the road from Trabzon to Erzurum (see map), in August 2005, huge fields of cereals with the mountains and the sky as limit. The mountains are part of the Pontic Alps, Pontus being name which was applied, in ancient times, to extensive tracts of country in the northeast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) bordering on the Euxine (Black Sea), which was often called simply Pontos (the main). Travelling south we are no longer in the Pontos area wich lays between the see and the mountains. We are now entering old Armenia. The Pontus Mountains (also called the North Anatolian Mountains) in the north are an interrupted chain of folded highlands that generally parallel the Black Sea coast. In the west, the mountains tend to be low, with elevations rarely exceeding 1,500 meters, but they rise in an easterly direction to heights greater than 3,000 meters south of Rize. Lengthy, troughlike valleys and basins characterize the mountains. The southern slopes--facing the Anatolian Plateau where this picture is taken from--are mostly unwooded, but the northern slopes contain dense growths of both deciduous and evergreen trees. Paralleling the Mediterranean coast, the Taurus (Toros Daglari) is Turkey's second chain of folded mountains.

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