Photographer's Note

Zemi Valley in the Goreme National Park in the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia is locally known as ‘Love Valley’. If it is not obvious why it is known as this, then it is probably best that you don’t ask! Zemi Valley is just one of many valleys in the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia that has spectacular rock formations that will make you think that you are on another planet. It is one of the most photogenic regions of Turkey and will take days to see it all. Most of the rock formations are a result of erosion of volcanic deposits, and those like shaped like this where a harder layer of rock has protected softer layers underneath are called peribaca by the local villagers. As the softer rock – or tuff as the geomorphologists call it – can be hacked quite easily with handtools, many of the peribaca have man-made caves in them in which villagers have lived since the 6th or 7th centuries.

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