Photographer's Note

I have just returned from my beach holidays in Turkey. Living in the windy, cold and cloudy Ireland I wanted to soak up with the sun. Well as you can see in this photo it seems I took the Irish weather with me to Turkey. Especially that the weather in Ireland was fantastic in this time.
I have spent two weeks (shortened by the Icelandic Volcano) in the Turkish Riviera not far from the town of Side. During this time I participated in few organized excursions. It was cheap and convenient but the photographer inside me suffered a lot not being able to stop where and when or for as long as I wanted. The combination of poor weather and the nature of organized tours kept me from taking enough photos. Yet the place was spectacular and I had a fantastic time.
We stopped at this lake about half way from Antalya to Pamukkale for a lunch break. We had a choice: walk to the lake or get the lunch. I tried to do both.
The lake had a very particular turquoise waters and the beach was a very interesting combination of black and white sand.

Lake Salda is a mid-size crater lake in southwestern Turkey, within the boundaries of Yeşilova district depending Burdur Province, and it lies at a distance of about fifty kilometers to the west from the province seat of Burdur.
Salda is often cited as part of the Turkish Lakes Region that corresponds to the lands that extend across inner west- to southern Anatolia, especially in the provinces depending Isparta and Afyonkarahisar, although Lake Salda is geographically separate from the larger lakes which are more to the west and, being a crater lake, is morphologically different.
The lake area covers 4,370 hectares, and its depth reaches 196 meters, making it one of the deeper lakes in Turkey, if not the deepest.
It is a popular excursion spot across the region or from beyond, the more so due to the hydromagnesite mineral found along its coasts which are believed to offer remedies for certain dermatological diseases. The shoreline surrounded by black pine forests are also popular among hunters, the game and the fowl available including quails, hares, foxes, boars and wild ducks, aside from the lake's fish. White sandy beaches, limpid water and seven crystal-white islets within the lake complete the scenery.
Its peculiar morphology led a number of academic studies to be conducted on Lake Salda. The unusual alkaline nature of the lake means that is one of the few locations where ancient stromatolite algae still grows.

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