Once Upon A Planet

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This is a story where I didn’t get what I wanted.

Whilst preparing the trip to Cappadocia, there is one activity that really caught my imagination: a sunrise balloon flight over the rocky landscape. I was expecting it to be one of the highlights of the trip, but didn’t want to book in advance as the weather in this early season would still be unpredictable.

The weather was indeed very variable. As it happened, the days following my arrival didn’t have the right conditions for flights, leading to a long waiting list. It is only late in the evening before the only opportunity that I received the dreaded confirmation: there was no space left.

It was out of sheer frustration that I still decided to go up early the next morning: if I wasn’t going to be in the balloon, I would at least witness the takeoff and the sunrise. What I didn’t expect however, was the pure magic of that morning.

Soon after stepping outdoor, one could hear the humming noise of the balloon being filled up in the distance. The sun started rising over the mountain during the climb to the viewing point near Göreme, and once on the other side, a mighty view revealed itself.

 

Balloon taking off at sunrise near Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey.
Sunrise Takeoff - Cappadocia, Turkey

 


Thanks to the wind direction, the balloons started coming in my direction. Seeing them moving in total silence - and passing barely a few meters over me - was an amazing experience. It was then possible to follow them to the over side of the plateau, where they flew over the rock formation of Baglidere Vadisi (White Valley).

 

Balloon taking off at sunrise near Göreme, Cappadocia, Turkey.
Follow The Wind - Cappadocia Turkey

 

 

Balloons flying over the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Flying With The Fairies - Cappadocia Turkey

 

 

Balloons flying over the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Flying With The Fairies 2 - Cappadocia Turkey

 

 

Balloon gliding over Bağlidere Vadisi (White Valley) and it's famous fairy chimneys. Cappadocia, Turkey.
Balloon Over White Valley - Cappadocia Turkey

 

 

Balloon casting its shadow on the rock of White Valley, Cappadocia Turkey
Balloon and shadow - Cappadocia Turkey

 


This morning reminded me of a forgotten lesson: don’t be disappointed if life doesn’t go your way, you never know what unexpected experience will come from it. That, plus the Beatles were right.

I didn’t get what I wanted. I got much better.

 

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One never baths twice in the same river, one never climbs the same mountain again. Everything is constantly flowing through time, evolving, and therefore unique.

This is the gift of life that we each have a unique experience of the world. Every moment needs to be appreciated, treasured. Through photography we clumsily attempt to extract that tiny slice of life, that magic moment, and put it in a square box before it flies away.

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