Varied terrain – on the Shams ascent.
Stone Wolf trap: Jebel Shams.
These traps are quite common on the Jebel but very few are in perfect working order. This one on the other hand would only need the front drop-stone lifting and supported by a stick: it would then be ready for the unfortunate wolf.
In case anyone is interested: it’s at about 9500ft & unfortunately for most people, in the restricted area.
Into the unknown.
Nikon F4 with Nikkor AF f1.8D on Ilford HP5 plus.
Another village where the rain has washed away the summer dust.
It is just possible to see another smaller village high up on the jebel (upper centre of image).
View of the great ‘exotic’ Jebel Misht: “Comb Mountain” because of its jagged ridges.
Another route that I travel for work and during this time of year; camping trips so that I can get away from the heat.
Unfortunately with images made during the summer months, it is very easy to see the different layers of pollution, sand & dust that
get trapped due to the heat.
Dead tree – blue tone Jebel Shams.
Mountain road – when I drive this route it’s mostly work related: well someone has got to do it 😎
A rather wet village after a couple of days with prolonged heavy rain.
A trip cut short by heavy rains and a met-office warning of more….
But it was not enough to stop me making a few quick images of the rain-swept Jebel with all its contours & colours. Although I needed the protection of an umbrella – not for me but the camera 🙄 & yes I carry a small one in the Land Rover: even Oman requires me to use one occasionally.
A long weekend off work !! so yet another attempt to find a way of getting a hand on the ‘The Devil’s finger’ seen on the image of Jebel Akhdar below.
It’s the sticky-up bit seen at the end of the range of hills upper centre of this image; a long walk going from right to left.
Geology on display-Shams.
Cairn – Jebel Shams.
I have no idea of its age; always been there, say the locals – there are the remains of early Iron age tombs – see below and (if you know where to look) stone house foundations of probably the same period.
Dramatic backdrop to this mountain village.
Nikon F4 with Sigma 28mm f2.8 Ais lens. On Kodak Plus-x.
Nikon F4 with AF Nikkor 50mm f1.8D. Made on Kodak Plus-X at box speed.
Just as a matter of interest: it’s lashing it down with rain here in Bausher !!! welcome after the heat of the last couple of weeks, but unexpected.
A few quick snaps while I was waiting for some work to be carried out – taken from the very top of Shams: where the tourists can’t get 😉
It’s a long way down !
Step-off and it’s 9000ft with a few bumps on the way.
Cloud shadows. Step-off this one & it’s more like 10,000ft give or take.
Storm coming in the distance.
Yesterdays cloud build-up over Wadi Sahtan – made from jebel Shams.
I have made an image of this tree before – several years ago.
It is still standing majestically & avoiding all that time can throw at it.
I have visited Jebel Shams (work !!) stopped at about 8500ft and took advantage of the cool clear weather.
Talking of weather – I left Muscat with the temperature around 40c. and found the very top of Shams at a comfortable 24c. That last 3000ft makes all the difference – also enjoyed a pleasant interlude of coffee & dates with the guards 🙂
I would not like going for a walk at night ……!