Ballooning in Cappadocia

The rules say no more than 100 balloons may be in the air at once. At some moments, it feels as if all 100 intend to occupy the same position simultaneously. Then the miracle of maneuverability steps in, and one balloon suddenly rises to the left while the other dips to the right, both curtsy, the basket-dwellers sigh in unison, and the light fantastic passes on to the next elevation.

(We did, however, take the top branches off a perfectly innocent olive tree. See if you can find the photo depicting our pilot’s concentration as he tried to pull us up before we made our own tapenade, always a great favorite at the Turkish lunch table.)

DSC_6458 DSC_6578 DSC_6526 DSC_6519 DSC_6503 DSC_6500 DSC_6474 DSC_6479 DSC_6487 DSC_6490 DSC_6494 DSC_6467 DSC_6466 DSC_6457 DSC_6450 DSC_6448 DSC_6425 DSC_6428 DSC_6429 DSC_6437 DSC_6411 DSC_6421

3 thoughts on “Ballooning in Cappadocia

  1. So the 3:30 a.m. rising was worth it, wasn’t it, Peter? I’m jealous of the photo you took of the through-cut mountain-top cave! And I’m wondering what filter you used for the incredible (literally!) color variations on the dawnlight photo about 5 from the last. Thanks for the wonderful memories! Fondly, Sid

  2. Wonderful photos. Jamie and I stayed a few days in Goreme last summer and watched the balloons pass overhead in the early hours. But we heard them first…. I still remember waking to the sound of the gas being released to allow the balloons to move higher. Very special place and time.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s