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Van gölü

Van gölü
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-25
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Panasonic DMC GF1, Panasonic Four/Third 14-45
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1300 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-21 1:32
Viewed: 4412
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On my travels in Turkey:
One of my most enjoyable days was when I visited the 1'000 year-old Armenian monastery church (Սուրբ խաչ, Surb Chatch) on Akdamar island in Van gölü (= Van lake, see "Map"). You notice the church to the right of the picture. In the background you have one of the three volcanoes that are visible from the lake, Süphan dağı (4'058 m).

Van gölü, situated in Eastern Turkey is 120 km long, 80 km wide and 457 m deep, situated at 1'719 m a.s.l. The lake has been created in Pleistocene times by blocking the water outlet with lava flows from volcano Nemrut. Therefore it is not the "source of Tigris" as earlier geographers had postulated. The water is slightly salty, alkaline (pH 9.8). There is only one fish species to be found, Chalcalburnus tarichi ( İnci kefali), which seeks river inlets for spawning.

It is hard to imagine why this peaceful and mountainous region has seen so many conquerors in its history. But the region is of course a gateway between Central Asia and Europe. J. W. Goethe in his "Faust I" (published in 1808) has this awful phrase: "Nichts Bessers weiss ich mir an Sonn-und Feiertagen, als ein Gespräch von Krieg und Kriegsgeschrei, wenn, hinten, weit, in der Türkei, die Völker aufeinander schlagen."

If your plans are to join Teheran by rail, starting from Europe, you will cross Van lake on a railway ferry!

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Hallo Dietrich
This is absolutely beautiful and so peaceful to look at. The different shades of blue in this image are lovely, vivid and very striking. This is a wonderful piece of landscape you share with us today. It must have been wonderful to see it in real, because where I am now it is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-21 2:53]

Hi Dietrich
Excellent seascape, whit great little island and amazing mountains in BG.
Clouds are excellent !
Congratulation for this beauty!

marvellous landscape shot and great presentation. thanks for sharing Dietrich.
sorry for my delay and short message since my time problem and duties.
best regards

Hello Dietrich
great perspective for an excellent seascape. Very good details and excellent light.

Hello Dietrich,
Very interesting capture with refreshing colours, nice clouds. I'm sure it is an amazing place to see! Interesting note too. Cheers,

Hi dear Dietrich ,

So nice seascape.lovely light and nice colours.
Nice composition.
Kind regards

Love all that blue Dietrich, this image really makes one want to be there :)
Excellent contrast & color, a simple & effective composition.
Beautiful shot!

Lieber Dieter,
Wer eine Reise tut, kann etwas erzaehlen (keine Ahnung, WER das gesagt hat :-)). Du erzaehlst in einer hervoragenden Weise mit Deinen Bildern.

Zusaetzlich verwoehnst Du TrekNature Mitglieder mit Deinen ausfuehrlichen, well researched Notes.

The scene is reminiscent of South America, und St Peter half Dir auch mit einigen Wolken, um das Bild vollstaendig zu machen.

Herzliche Gruesse von Sued Africa
Beste Wuensche fuer eine gute Woche

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