Photographer's Note

Hello and Merhaba Everyone,
This another photo that I took at Ayder Plateau(Ayder Yaylasi),Rize during my Black Sea,Turkey trip.
I hope you like this version,too.
Cheers and Have a Great Weekend,
Tolga-Indiana/USA

Plateau settlements which shows the socio-economic and cultural values of the region display the concordance of people and architecture to the nature and provide an impressive scenery. Ayder settlement and hot springs are the other atractions of the Park. Near the Ayder Plateau settlement there is an area which provides services f or daily use. in amlıhemşin district and Ayder Plateu there are camping sites around settlements.

Perched precariously on the steep valley sides are the delightful half-timbered houses of the region. No roads lead up to them, and you will wonder how on earth the inhabitants clamber up to their homes, and whether the magnificent views are worth the struggle. Every house has its own pulley system, known as vargel, for carrying loads up and down. Moreover, since neighbours are spaced so far apart the local people have developed their own unusual communications system, a whistling language capable of expressing quite complex messages. Sadly the advent of the telephone means that this language, known as "bird language", is dying out among the younger generation. The main crop at the lower altitudes of this mountainous region is tea, which makes way for forest as you climb higher. This is an area of high rainfall, particularly on the northern slopes facing the Black Sea. Once over the watershed both climate and vegetation change dramatically. The southern slopes are drier and hotter, and the vegetation sparser. The rich flora of the northern slopes is the haunt of millions of bees, and the superb produced here sells for five times the price on the other side of the mountains. amlihemsin, at an altitude of 1350 metres, bustles with preparationsfor the coming tourism season. Thankfully the authorities have forbidden concrete construction at Ayder to preserve the traditional timber architecture of the region, and it is compulsory to timber the faades of any concrete buildings predating the ban. The spas have also benefitted from the tourism boom. Originally serving only people from the surrounding provinces, they now have clients from all over Turkey. The noteworthy high-plateaus of the region which are located 2,000-3,000 metres above sea-level are at, Bayayla, Ortayayla, Tirovit, Haivanak, Pokut, Hamlakit, Palovit, Sal, Kavron by the Kakar Mountains and the world-famous Kakar high-plateaus. These high-plateaus are very important from the standpoint of tourism. Hot-water springs on the Ayder Plateau cure many illnesses; there is a modern hot-spring facility located there. The Kakar Mountains are the fourth-highest Mountains of Turkey, a chain similar to the Alps. They are perfect for walking and climbing. Although all these features mentioned above constitute the basic building-blocks of tourism, some want to destroy these beauties in exchange for a minute amount of energy production. However, it has to be realized that people can only live in harmony with their environment, because the environment is the cause of their being. It is our undeniable responsibility to protect amlhemin and Furtuna Valley and to transfer them to future generations.
Source:www.ezoptravel.com/

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