The Hajar Mountains: جبال الحجر

Al-Hajar Mountain rangeFor those interested – this is an indication of the different topography that can be seen when getting up high in the mountains. Made from about 7500ft – note the wadi winding through the valley.

From Wiki:

The Hajar Mountains in north-eastern Oman and also the eastern United Arab Emirates are the highest mountain range in the eastern Arabian Peninsula. They separate the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau, and lie 50–100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast.

The mountains begin in the north, forming the Musandam peninsula. From there, the Northern Hajjar (Hajjar al Gharbi) runs southeast, parallel to the coast but moving gradually further away as it goes.

9 thoughts on “The Hajar Mountains: جبال الحجر

    1. Thanks,
      I thought it gave some sense of the diverse structure and colours of the mountains. Will maybe work on it a bit if I use it as a final print. But for now it will do.


  1. Very nice. That wadi looks very inviting, all that way down.
    What are those black bumps in the foreground? Burned stumps? Or some strange geological structure.

    1. Yep…..
      From about 7000ft up, we start getting the Juniper, sparse low bush cover and a few high altitude flowers.
      Below that it can have acacia trees, grass if there is water, but the rock is invariably bare for most of the year.
      Within all that, there are some quite bountiful areas with lots of diverse growth; normally were water accumulates or seeps out of the rock. If there is a large continuous supply of water, human habitation will have transformed the area. Indications of this go back to the Stone-age. Most Jebel families can trace their lineage over many generations.
      Two major areas of human habitation are the Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain) up to 7,500ft and Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun) tops out at 10,000ft.
      Then in the South a whole different story because of the Monsoon.
      In-between all this, the Wahiba sands (Big) & even bigger the Rub’ al Khali or Empty Quarter.
      Sorry, you did ask….. 🙂


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