Plants of Oman being conserved

Spread over a 420 hectare site the Oman Botanic Garden is under development with an opening still a few years away.

Botanic Garden Oman
Botanic Garden Oman

I paid a visit to learn about this ambitious project Continue reading “Plants of Oman being conserved”

Oman’s migratory Birds at Sultan Qaboos University

I attended a conference on ‘Oman as a Gravitational Centre in the Global Flyway Network of Migratory Shorebirds’ .

Jens talks about Eagle Migration
Jens talks about Eagle Migration

This highlighted Continue reading “Oman’s migratory Birds at Sultan Qaboos University”

Oman’s Tourism and Geology Combine in GeoTourism

I last met Ross Dowling when he hosted a seminar for Oman’s Tour Guides

Ross Dowling
Ross Dowling

– so it was really nice Continue reading “Oman’s Tourism and Geology Combine in GeoTourism”

Oman Photos

in the mountains and desert

Though weve had a few refunds to make because of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano we also had people who could arrive for their Oman Holidays and fortunately leave on schedule afterwards.

For one we travelled during the latter part of April through the Omans desert and mountains. April is of course when Oman ‘hots up’ but its also when the Roses bloom making for great scenery and unexpected subjects.

Photo of Omans Roses
Photo of Omans Roses

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Arabian Camels in Oman

on the road warning signs

Our guests here on their Oman Holidays and Camels, though dwarfed by the sand dune they needed to ascend, eventually made their way to the top and , importantly, back down.

Camels in the Oman Desert
Camels in the Oman Desert

Here in Oman Camels are not confined to Oman’s  sand deserts – and a souvenir photo makes a good reminder of the many different places they are found .

Beware Camels sign on an Omani road
Beware Camels sign on an Omani road

 

Wilfred Thesiger and Oman’s Desert

Crossing paths through Oman

I arrived at Aiyun around Sunset. The mountains were cracking as they cooled down after the day’s intense heat and, in answer, birds called .

Wilfred Thesiger stayed here
Wilfred Thesiger stayed here

Wilfred Thesiger first arrived here in the Autumn of 1946, Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger and Oman’s Desert”

Tropic of Cancer Oman and my magazine article about it

I chased the sun through Oman along the Tropic of Cancer

On my search for the Tropic of Cancer Oman I almost literally crawled up the slopes of Jebel Misht and then made a very tired stumble back into the car – saw sunset in the Rub Al Khali and had a puncture on the way out.

Tropic of Cancer in Wadi bani Awf
Tropic of Cancer Wadi bani Awf

Its one of the Earths Continue readingTropic of Cancer Oman and my magazine article about it

Golden Sands and Golden Honey in Oman

We survived a desert storm to enjoy Omani Coffee and Honey

Arriving in one of Oman’s Deserts the golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands to set up camp we were faced with flying sand and strong winds; a normal sunset event as the weather heats up. We couldn’t really do anything till the wind had died down – and today it really didn’t want to . Eventually having stretched the time of our move into plan B – a departure to a permanent camp – we were relieved that the wind did die down – and up the tents went in the darkness. Steaks cooked and baked potatoes unwrapped and the meal was good to eat. Continue reading “Golden Sands and Golden Honey in Oman”

Rub Al Khali Desert Oman

enjoyed by us on a holiday in Oman

Taking advantage of the cooler months part of our tour in Oman included one of great natural features of Oman – the Rub Al Khali.

Exploring the Empty Quarter in Oman
Exploring the Empty Quarter in Oman

Exploring the vastness of the Empty Quarter we walked through a landscape full of deafening silence and with no visible occupants

Agama Lizard
Agama Lizard

until I came up against this Agama Lizard – catching the last rays of the sun before the chill of night set in.

Empty Quarter Desert, Oman

A chilly night in the Empty Quarter of Oman

The Empty Quarter / Rub al Khali offers a great chance to sleep under the stars . On my way to Salalah in Oman , I drove through the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali ) to spend the night there . The coldest I have ever been in a desert was a couple of years ago when the thermometer dropped to 2c . Fortunately, though cold, at about 10c, my night this time wasn’t so bad. However, perhaps because of the chill or because the Moon had set – I woke at about 2pm. Above was a black sky set with diamonds of stars – wonderful.

Rub Al Khali Empty Quarter
Rub Al Khali Empty Quarter

Needless to say a climb up an Omani Desert Dune was called for and though not as extraordinary as the night sky – the view at dawn from the top is also breathtaking .

Bees in Dhofar
Bees in Dhofar

The next day I arrived in Salalah and amongst other things came face to face with a friends Omani Bees . He had moved his hives from the mountains because of the cold and wind – I could understand why.