This week, WordPress weekly photo challenge asks us to show us a moment in time that holds meaning for you.
My photo was taken under the bridge that connects the mainland of Oman to Shannah port for the ferry to the island of Masirah.
I was using my new camera, a Fujifilm X-T20 and I had little idea of the settings when I took this, having been taught manual photography in the Nikon world. Each time you move, you have to understand the product-speak to relate to what you know..
( I am impatient, black mark) but a lesson to self, this is a camera that needs to be loved and cared for, the results are incredible
My past is in art and I see this shot in this way, even though the exposure is all wrong, the colours are intensified, it just gives a clue to what you can do to play with a picture…This shot is my played out and edited result…
Under the long Shannah bridge….
From the city of Salalah in Southern Oman to the Yemen border, the road twists and turns through a series of hairpin bends, eventually climbing to the top of the escarpment, with towering cliffs plummeting down to the Indian ocean.
During monsoon a pervading mist hangs over the escarpment but every so often, when the road gets to about 1000 metres high, you pop out of the mist into bright, brilliant sunshine with incredible views and on this particular release into sunlight, even a small pink shelter perched on top of the mountain, with rather striking brickwork for the windows.
Such buildings and design are typical in Oman, used as shelters from the sun (sometimes rain, as this area receives a fair amount) with the air bricks allowing for cool air in the heat of the day, although it’s the first pink one I’ve ever seen….
Heading up through the mist….
To find brilliant sunshine above the clouds and a small pink house….
The pink house providing a nice window shot….
Sideways on, air brick windows, all different….
Stunning view through the bricks….
The ubiquitous stunted trees,so typical of this region, precariously growing out of the mountain-side….
and the very long drop down outside the window…..
The finishing touch provided by some little pink flowers, growing through the rock outside the pink house…..
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A typical Omani door in rural areas. This door leads directly into the house, sometimes the houses have a walled courtyard and larger doors or gates are the entry point, with no visibility of the house behind, for privacy purposes.The colour in this desert environment is a welcome sight and stands out from the muted surrounding sand tones.
Windows in an old Omani house in Mirbat, Southern Oman, still occupied.
Along the Southern Oman coast road from Salalah to the Yemen border, the road is cut through some inhospitable terrain, massive gorges bisect the escarpment. I saw this rock skull, complete with tree eyebrows on one bend descending down to the sea.
Yesterday’s sunrise giving hope and optimism for the brand new day…
Sunrise in Ash Sharqiyah Region, Oman.
- reflecting a favorable view of events and conditions and the expectation of a positive outcome; demonstrating
In distant areas of Oman, towns are small, huge distances between each and surrounded by thousands of kilometers of sand and gravel plains, with some dune desert areas. Sand is everywhere… in this region, it’s part of life. Flashing through one of these small towns yesterday on the way back to the big Dubai city, passing these workers, their task of sweeping the sand away seemed somewhat optimistic.
Optimistically sweeping the desert sand off the road…
and sweeping the other side of the road… was the sand being swept across to the other side ?
Have you ever met up with someone in a remote place, that you either know or knows someone you know? One of those moments where the world seems very small… Continue reading
Dubai to Rawdah, Oman via Jebel Al Harim..
On a separate trip to Musandam, a visit to the mountain of Jebel Al Harim beckoned. Inland from Khasab and on the route via Wadi Bih to the town of Dibba on the east coast of the peninsula. Sadly the Dibba border is only open to GCC nationals, so a retracing of the route is required if you are not blessed with such a document…. Continue reading