Meeting the rising sun over the valleys and vineyards of Cappadocia

Meeting the rising sun over the valleys and vineyards of Cappadocia

The Golden Hour. In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time of day. My most memorable “golden hour” moment was while floating in a hot air balloon over the unique rock formations of Cappadocia meeting the rising sun over the valleys and vineyards. The balloon ride provided a privileged platform from which to observe the splendor that is Cappadocia. Drifting effortlessly in the hot air balloon, there was no sense of motion as we passes the tens of other balloons also gracing the morning sky.

Cappadocia during the “golden hour” ,the first  hour of sunlight of the day.

Cappadocia during the “golden hour” ,the first hour of sunlight of the day.

Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia in Turkey with exceptional natural wonders, in particular the fairy chimneys that fill the valleys.

These are sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago. The rocks of Cappadocia eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms that today are called Fairy Chimneys. 

Drifting effortlessly in the hot air balloon over the spectaculat landscape of Cappadocia

Drifting effortlessly in the hot air balloon over the spectacular landscape of Cappadocia

Seeing the valley lit up by the morning sunlight while drifting over this dramatic volcanic landscape that formed the region over two million years ago was definitely an unforgettable experience!