Beyond Mount Erciyes the countryside
around the Kayseri-Nigde road becomes flat, dull steppe which you
might well assume was as barren of bird or plant life as the fairy
chimneys of Cappadocia. Consequently, the oasis of the Sultansazlıgı
bird sanctuary is easy to miss in the small back lanes which wind
around the tiny lakes in the region.
BUTTERFLIES OF CAPPADOCIA
The region of Cappadocia in central
Turkey is famous for its fantastic volcanic formations and its rock
churches, but few are aware of the wildlife and particularly
butterflies here. Turkeys longest river, the Kızılırmak (1355
km) flows through valleys carved over thousands of years from the
multicoloured strata of volcanic tuff rock formed by layers of ash.
JOYS OF THE TULIP AGE
Paeans to the tulip
resounded in the air. In İstanbul, in the early 18th
century, the Sultan and the populace rejoiced in music, festivities,
parades and dances. Countless tulips of all varieties with such
poetic names as Blue Pearl, Light of Dawn, Ruby Drop and The Divine
Throne adorned the Ottoman imperial capital.