With luck there will be many more days like this.
Quintessential English summer evening.
Mysterious opening – Birkat al Mouz.
Door detail from Birkat al Mouz abandoned village.
No amount of work will repair this boat – beached at Mirbat Dhofar.
Not made any music posts for some time – here is one of my Jazz favourites.
My SME series III arm and Ariston Transcription turntable.
Got my UK Hi Fi running after many years of being in semi storage, Vinyl was not practical in Oman, if you could even buy any !
I now have my Quad amplifier and record deck playing again; gave it a good service as capacitors do not like long-term storage – some needed replacing as they have a nasty habit of exploding with a messy bang when old and not used.
I don’t only use film cameras, I also have analogue audio 🙂
How long before the lock is on its own?
This door has seen many attempts at repair, I think it’s in the last stages of abandonment & decay.
Wadi in flood – made about seven years ago.
I got wet feet that day, just gave up trying to keep my boots dry; fortunately double socks kept my feet from chafing and the boots soon dried.
Illusion of light – I lost control of the highlights but it was the only way I could keep this illusion.
I do like this building, so revisiting the files from December 2015 (ho where does the time go!) is a great pleasure for me.
Window detail – SQGM Sultanate of Oman.
Pushing the limits of my 35mm lens.
Palm in dappled sunlight.
Sentinels stand guard over a Bronze-age Archæology site.
A picture postcard version of Husn Al Heem (more commonly known as Nakhal Fort)
Al Batinah Region of Oman.
An Onodrim or ‘Tree-Host’ ?
Things have changed. Some of us are still true Ents, and lively enough in our fashion, but many are growing sleepy, going tree-ish, as you might say. Most of the trees are just trees, of course; but many are half awake. Some are quite wide awake, and a few are, well, ah, well getting Entish. That is going on all the time. (Treebeard)
I think I was about 17 when I first read this book and have enjoyed reading it on many occasions since: liked the film series, not so much the several wireless versions that have been produced over the years. But the books remain the best way of enjoying the adventures of ‘Middle-earth’ and Hobbits.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien.
Click book cover for link:
More information on books.
I have another from this village somewhere on the blog: but I wanted to explain about all those white tower type structures.
Even though in most of these mountain villages, there is an abundance of water available; that is why they are situated where they are. None of it is piped into the house from source. It was a daily job getting water from aquifers with no certainty of mineral content (resulting in a lot of kidney stones) or cleanliness. The government now tests all water used for human consumption, so in these remoter areas it is delivered by water truck, hence the white tower containers on each roof.
Water cooled by evaporation, similar to how a ‘Goat skin’ bag works.
Sand with a muddy consistency that has been rapidly dried by the sun, giving a potsherd appearance to the cracked and broken surface layer.
A small lookout tower: these towers of various sizes are quite common all over Northern Oman, a sign of previously troubled times.
Steps above arched alcove: Oman.