(I have shown some of these pictures before)
Two years ago a friend of me and I decided to explore eastern Turkey and ascend Mt Ararat if possible. We met our guide in the city of Van at the shore of the lake and set out by car for the crater, lake and ridge of the name of Nemrut ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemrut_(volcano) ) at the other side of the lake to start the acclimatisation process.
We spent the night at the shore of a small, warm body of water near the bigger Nemrut lake. The next morning we went along the ridge (highest point 3050m). A long, but easy walk at the rim. Interesting plants everywhere.
1) View of lake Van
2) We spent the night here (in tents).
3) I noticed many wilted bulbous plants among the grass and Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum).
4-5-6) Lake and caldera. A birch and oak wood along the shore.
7) When we walked along the ridge we were suddenly caught by a rain and hail storm. We wore shorts and summer clothing as it had been very hot when we started. Although the shower did not last long, it was ice cold. Fortunately I had raingear in my small rucksack.