To wander in challenging landscapes has always been one of my favorite pastimes. All over Turkey, the terrain is spectacular and the varieties of landscape vary greatly between valleys. It calls out to me on many levels because these lands have been journeyed across for thousands of years before me by the likes of many a great Sage looking for spiritual understanding in the many temples that grace this ancient area called Caria. Even Alexander the Great passed through here on his journey to conquer the known world. So in my mind’s eye I never know what I might stumble upon.
The thing that beckons me are these frothy rock formations that were at one time bubbling molten earth that eventually cooled and were perhaps reshaped after a number of great floods, including the one that landed Noah’s Arc high atop Mt. Ararat in north-eastern Turkey.
A smiling face looking up at the horizon from which a comet most likely carried ancient DNA from outer space landing here and starting it’s miraculous journey into transforming itself into all living things as we know them.
After spotting some nice faces and creatures in the rocks I reach the most spectacular formation created over millions of years. Thinking that the exploration is done, I sit there contemplating what life might have in store for me, when a curious creature catches my eye. I think to myself it must the smallest hummingbird I have ever seen. I quickly grab my camera, shooting video and taking stills hoping to understand it better. Upon seeing the footage I realize it is not a miniature Hummingbird but a Moth. Miraculously it seems to have the mannerisms of both animals. I surmise this might be one of those marvels of nature where the DNA created a unique creature that straddles the worlds of both insect and bird.
After some time the Moth moves on and I attempt to follow it in order to get some more footage. Then when I least expect it, I stumble and fall violently off the the rock and tumble down in between them into a massive plant with many skin piercing thorns and bang my face into another rock. As I am falling I see other rocks dislodged from behind me tumbling down and in that split second a charming late afternoon turns into a potential nightmare.