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Yeşilhisar to Arapli (again)

Posted in Arapli, Turkey, Yeşilhisar by folkestonejack on September 6, 2015

At 3.23pm we set off from Yeşilhisar for the second time. The change in the position of the sun now allowed us to try shots that would have been impossible in the morning, beginning with a few stops at a curve in the track which gave us the mountain village of Akköy as a rather superb backdrop.

TCDD 56 548 steams towards us, with a distant view of the mountain village of Akköy on the canyon rim

TCDD 56 548 steams towards us, with a distant view of the mountain village of Akköy on the canyon rim

After this the scenery just continued to improve with a series of impressive bridges, viaducts and rocky hilltops. The canyon certainly delivered an impressive punch and we continued to make the most of it until the sun dropped below the hills. All the while, the prospect of ever improving photographic opportunities tempted me to go higher and higher, usually regretting my ambitious climbing on the slippery scramble down. I really must remember that I am not a mountain goat!

Our last shot in the canyon (around 6pm) was perhaps the most delightful with a view of a bridge near Arapli, seen from across a pumpkin field, with the rocky hilltops as a rather stunning backdrop. After this, we carried on to the golden fields outside Arapli to try and catch a glint from the setting sun.

Last shot in the rock canyon

Last shot in the rock canyon

Once the light was extinguished we headed on to Arapli and boarded our bus for the drive to Niğde, our stop for the night. A wander around the centre of Niğde didn’t throw up many options for eating but one place was able to entice us in with the prospect of ‘meat on rice’ after some translation difficulties! Still, after such a superb day who could complain!?

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