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Turkey Photography Adventure

Cappadocia – last imagesI know I’ve overdone the Cappadocia blogging – I guess you can tell I am pretty excited about the fun we had composing, dealing with challenging lighting, and accomplishing things that simply were beyond the technical means just a few years back.  But, even more important, is that things you see and learn in Cappadocia inspire you and fill you with awe and respect!

 

Underground City© 2013 Bob Harvey

Underground City
© 2013 Bob Harvey

There was a time, here, when Christians carved huge underground cities where they could retreat and survive.  The entrances to these cities were booby-trapped, much like the gauntlets that Indiana Jones movies feature.  Inside the cities were stores of food, winemaking facilities, wells for water, and sleeping and cooking quarters.

Underground City ventilation shaft© 2013 Bob Harvey

Underground City ventilation shaft
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

In the fairy chimneys and the walls of canyons, along with residences, there were many monasteries.  Elaborate churches, often complete with domes carved into the rock, were carefully constructed and used.

Rock church© 2013 Bob Harvey

Rock church
© 2013 Bob Harvey

The dedication of these people was evident in the archaeological remains!

Rock church© 2013 Bob Harvey

Rock church
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Dome in rock church© 2013 Bob Harvey

Dome in rock church
© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ceiling art© 2013 Bob Harvey

Ceiling art
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

Inspired by those who lived a hard life and put so much energy into their beliefs!  Then, step out into nature, late in the day, and be inspired again!

Cappadocia sunburst© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cappadocia sunburst
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

 

Cappadocia Sunburst© 2013 Bob Harvey

Cappadocia Sunburst
© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

 

Obviously, I could go on and on about this special place.  Cappadocia has captured my imagination!  I’ll be going back next year (hopefully some of you will choose to come along)!  And there will be more blogging to do!  But the next blog from the Turkey adventure will be after Cappadocia.  From this amazing region, we flew to the southern Turquoise Coast to visit Ephesus, touted as the largest city ever excavated.  It played an important role for the Greeks, Romans, Christians, and more!  And the reason it was abandoned will cause you to think hard about our lives today!

 

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