Frankincense is such an evocative word for many religious people, but few have a chance to visit the real Frankincense in Dhofar. Its associated with religious ceremonies worldwide and of course with the gifts brought by the 3 Kings, or Continue reading “Frankincense in Dhofar”
With part of our group from The Traveller it was good to visit Salalah,
The Zodiacs of the Clipper Odyssey (now renamed Silver Discoverer) ably lead by John Yersin came in handy to get us onto Sir bani Yas .
Once on the island I joined other Continue reading “Zodiacs onto Sir Bani Yas”
While in Salalah we came across several Bee Hives in the Mountains.
The bees must have been collecting from Pink Flowers as they had Pink Pollen Sacs.
We took a few days to visit Salalah to escape Muscat’s still sizzling 40c+ temperature for some صلالة تائيم (Salalah Time)
where the sizzle turned into drizzle and Continue reading “Salalah Time in Oman”
Spread over a 420 hectare site the Oman Botanic Garden is under development with an opening still a few years away.
I paid a visit to learn about this ambitious project Continue reading “Plants of Oman being conserved”
The Central Coast of Oman is affected by the summer Monsoon and so as Muscat is now not only hot but also humid we took a few days to travel down the coast from Muscat.
Mid-summer in Oman is also Continue reading “Central Coast of Oman with Turtles & Gulls”
The 22nd June is World Camel Day.
Here in Oman Camels are Continue reading “World Camels Day in Wahiba Desert of Oman”
Today, 23rd May, is World Turtle Day – and what better way
than to look at an Omani Green Turtle Chelonia mydas as she returns to the Arabian Sea near Ras al Hadd in Oman.
One of the larger birds in Oman is the Egyptian Vultures. They are also very dramatic with the adults black and white plumage. The ESO is supporting Ivaylo Angelov in a survey of the birds on Masirah Island.
It was great to have a walk through an Omani Wadi especially as the weather is still to reach over 40c.
Passing us, Continue reading “Trucks and Chicks”
I attended a conference on ‘Oman as a Gravitational Centre in the Global Flyway Network of Migratory Shorebirds’ .
The recent rains have given added interest to the landscape in Oman.
Here, during Continue reading “Green Turtles of Oman”
Oman does have far more than its share of Falcons and Eagles.
But despite knowing that Continue reading “Flying Falcons in Oman”
The advancing monsoon was descending on Salalah as I spent time there with Hadi Al Hikmani whose passion and work is researching Arabian Leopard in Dhofar. His family keep an extraordinary number of goats below the mountains and they are a potential prey of the Leopard.
During a six-hour trek through the mountain’s of Dhofar, Hadi expertly Continue reading “Arabian Leopard in Dhofar”