Tuff rocks in the late afternoon, Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is an eroded landscape of volcanic tuffstone. Wind and weather created rocks in the funniest shapes. The tuff stores a lot of water and makes the valleys very fertile. For thousands of years people were digging caves into the soft tuffstone and created a unique place. Since 1985 Cappadocia is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately the greed for money of companies and people is destroying this unique landscape.

360° panoramic image of Opium Flowers in Blossom, Kula, Turkey

Although the consumption of opium is strictly forbidden, there are plantations for medical use. Paradoxically there is no fence, no guardian, actually nothing around to protect the plants from being stolen. And it is not necessary. To harvest the opium, the immature poppy seed pod has to be scratched. Then it exudes a white liquid. The liquid dries, oxidises and turns into a brownish lump which can be harvestet the next day. All the guardians need to do, is to find out if there are scratched pods. In that case they simply have to wait for the harvester.