Anemone at low tide, Masirah Island, Oman, February 2017….
Only birds in this sunset sky….
Shot at Al Aqla, Oman, February 2017.
Linking with Skywatch Friday
The small village of Qurun on Oman’s east coast, lies just below Al Ashkharah, which is a town in the Ash Sharqiyah region.
Qurun is a sleepy little settlement on the edge of a salt flat area, and the bay beyond is where the local fishermen bring in their catch. If we head up this coastal road on visits to Oman, we always have a quick stop at Qurun. The beach often turns up some shell surprises and it’s a lovely place to take a break and stretch your legs walking down its long shoreline. Continue reading
You don’t expect to find a window on a lonely beach, but in Oman, there is always the unexpected sight.
A derelict mosque sits on a sand dune above the beach, the elements are sweeping it away, storm by storm.
Taken on the long beach north of Al Ashkharah, Google maps GPS 21.941609, 59.648001.
Al Ashkharah (Arabic: الأشخرة) (named after a poisonous desert plant) is a town in the Ash Sharqiyah Region of Oman.
Bahla, (Arabic: بهلا), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site town, located 40 km away from Nizwa, and about 200 km from Oman’s capital Muscat which lies in the Ad Dakhiliyah region of Oman. It is notable as the home of one of the oldest fortress in the country, the 13th century Bahla Fort and for the town’s pottery.
On our November/ December trip to Oman, during the long 10 journey from Duqm to Dubai, I marked Bahla as a stopping point for a break from the endless roads. Continue reading
Travelling in Oman in September this year, on the road from Mahout to Sur, you pass along a sleepy coastline.
Fishing and camel and goat farms seem to be the livelihood in this region. Hemmed in by the vast Wahiba sands to the West and the Indian Ocean to the East, travels along this coastal road are rather like being in the land time nearly forgot. Continue reading
Flashing past this door scene in a small Omani coastal village, I requested a reverse, gestured nicely with my camera and received approval for the shot…
Door life in Oman
Linking with Thursday Doors, pop on over and check out some of this week’s lovely doors….
Leaving the comfort of the Salalah Marriot, we headed up the coast. Oman is doing some major road expansion and the road from Mirbat to Hasik, which winds through crinkly foothills, is being straightened and expanded to meet up with the incredible road constructed from Hasik to Ash Shuwaymiyah, linking these two towns through a mountainous range. Continue reading
On the way back to Dubai from my recent Oman road trip, we passed through the old city of Bahla, in the Ad Dakhiliyah region of Oman on the route back to the border crossing at Al Ain in the UAE. Continue reading
A pre-dawn wake up at Kharfat. Catching shots of fishing boats out on the water as the glow of the sunrise built up. Continue reading
By car from Dubai to Kharfat, Dhofar, Southern Oman is a very long trip indeed.
1,354 kms to be precise. Continue reading
So, it’s another day tomorrow, another week, another chance to travel.
Back to my favorite country in the morning, Oman and driving down to the furthest place you can sensibly go to, Dhalkut, Dhofar Governorate, Oman. Continue reading
Well, I didn’t dare title this H2O2……altogether a different subject!
When light travels from air into water, it slows down, causing it to change direction slightly. This change of direction is called refraction.
I’m walking down the street after visiting Muttrah Souk in Muscat, it’s hot and humid. Let me get to the car and air conditioning pronto, I don’t do humid very well, and then I see a door…woah…stop….can you see it? Continue reading
Back in Oman, heading down through the vast and empty wastes of the centre towards Ras Madrakah, where the Gulf of Oman turns into the Southern Oman coastline, occasionally you come across a place that makes you wonder why it exists? What made it be given a name? Why is it there? Continue reading
Last week I was back in Oman and spent some time in Muscat. Hot and humid at this time of year, packed into space amidst foothills of the surrounding mountains, nevertheless, the city has great charm. Continue reading
A slightly “loose” interpretation of window this week, but I’m sure you will agree it was too good to miss.
The only access to Masirah Island, Oman is via ferry and nowadays there is a government service and small local ferries. Continue reading
Through the frame… Hilf Town, Masirah island, Oman…
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. Continue reading
Windows in Mirbat, Southern Oman.
These windows in the walls of the house are unique, so many tales to tell, but we will never know… Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
The ancient settlement of Khor Rori in the Dhofar region of Southern Oman stands above a natural harbour on this wild and dangerous coast. The town in the settlement is known as Sumhuram. This small town was founded as an outpost for the kingdom of Hadramawt around the first century CE. The Dhofar region was the main exporter of Frankincense in ancient times and maritime contacts were discovered during the excavations in the 1900’s to both India and the Mediterranean. Continue reading
Sunrise at sabkha plains in Oman…the morning mist makes for an eerie atmosphere in the half light…..
Morning begins with the rising sun… daybreak at Shannah, Oman….
A narrow alley in Muscat’s Muttrah souk area.
Narrow windows and a narrow balcony with a tantalising glimpse of the end through the narrow arch…
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….
Taking part in Monday Window, a weekly event, pop over and join in the challenge….
Over the last couple of weeks, I enjoyed a mammoth 4,500km road trip around Oman. Travelling around this vast country, passing through places that are certainly off the tourist route, it was fascinating to see life in the remoter places. Continue reading