Thursday Doors: 25/8/16

Come and walk with me around Mirbat, a fishing town on the South Oman, around 70km from Salalah . Last week we entered the old town, this week join me as we head on around the corner.

There are many old towns in Oman but in this one, I felt I was recording for posterity. Towns are abandoned and slowly fall to the ground, the history is gone.

I hope that doesn’t happen here, it’s a real opportunity to see the heritage of a life lived in a remote Southern Omani town of historical importance, but it doesn’t look too hopeful, does it?

Funds are required to maintain any place in its original state and in this day and age, maybe some of the past isn’t so important when you have to maintain the infrastructure and progress in a country that is so vast.

Enjoy what I found….



Linking with Thursday Doors, pop over and check out some of the doors this week….


Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare #3

A rare sight- A live Conus textile (Linnaeus, 1758) on the prowl, siphon extended.

Cone snails are one of the most venomous creatures on earth. Among the most toxic are the textile, geographic, and tulip snails and there is a higher risk of death if the geographic and textile snails are involved. All capture their prey by means of harpoon-like hollow teeth (radula) that are rapidly jabbed into their prey to inject the toxic venom. Attacks on humans usually occur when a cone snail is either stepped on in the ocean or picked up from the water or the beach.There are known human fatalities from this species.

Their geographical distribution is throughout the Indo-Pacific region, Australia, and the Indian Ocean from eastern Africa to Hawaii and French Polynesia.

The textile cone lives in the sand beneath coral and rocks in shallow waters. If you do come across one, admire quickly and walk away. Do not pick one up…..



Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare #2

A white carpet anemone (Stichodactyla sp.), a rare find in the inter-tidal zone at an extremely low tide on a lonely beach   near Shannah, Oman. An Indo-Pacific occupant, living on reefs or on the sandy bottom, these anemones can attain a size of two and a half feet in diameter. Potentially harmful to humans ( a potent sting) they act as a host for many types of clownfish.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare….

As a seashell collector, this beautiful shell was a rare beach find for me.

This Lambis truncata sebae (Kiener, 1843) was found washed up on a rock shelf at low tide just south of Dibba in the United Arab Emirates. Imagine my pleasure to spot this virtually intact sub-adult lying in a rock pool after a storm.

More on my Lambis finds at the link.


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Thursday Doors: 18/8/16

It’s Thursday again..where did the week go? The” full of good intention” head plan for this week’s doors post ran out of time.

So here’s a little taster and next week I’ll take you around an eclectic collection of Arabian doors and windows from this old city.

There! I’ve said…I will do it!

Continuing  my journey up the coast of Southern Oman in July, the small historic port of Mirbat is around 75 kilometres from Salalah. Having visited the old town briefly before, I wanted to go back. I knew that down those little winding streets there was going to be a wealth of old doors and windows. This time, I had my chance.

Mirbat’s old city captured me for a couple of hours, it is unusual to see old towns standing in their entirety in this region. Usually razed to the ground for new development, I spent my time wandering around, photographing and taking in an atmosphere of what once had been.

Check out my doors and windows post next week if you would like to see what lies around the next corner….

Taking part in Thursday Doors, a weekly challenge run by Norm Frampton…head on over to check this week’s collection….