Hundreds Of Unique Hot Air Balloons Just Flew Over Turkey’s Amazing Landscape

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Cappadocia is a vast region in Turkey with surreal volcanic rock formations, underground cities, cave houses, and churches. The rippled valleys and ‘fairy chimneys’ are a sight that is best seen from the skies. Scotty Graham and his wife Kartika were among the hundreds of tourists who enjoyed a balloon ride that covered the mountain ranges of Melendiz, Erciyes, and Hasan.

Graham photographed his experience during sunrise for the hour-long ride. “The feeling of flying so quietly in the air, and floating wherever the wind takes you, gives you a sense of freedom that perhaps only an eagle truly understands.”

Cappadocia was officially named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. It is believed the volcanoes in the area were active up to two million years ago.

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Hundreds of balloons take to the skies.

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Cappadocia is known as being one of the best places in the world for air balloon rides.

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“It was, by far, the most unique photo shoot I have ever done. Even though there were hundreds of balloons flying at the same time, it was incredibly peaceful. I was amazed at how quiet it was,” says Scotty Graham.

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Graham captured his experience during sunrise.

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Guests are up as early as 3:30-4:00 in the morning for their air journey.

“The only noise was from the burner above our heads that would fire every once in a while,” says Graham

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The large formations were created over time by erosion of volcanic ash.

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