A small lookout tower: these towers of various sizes are quite common all over Northern Oman, a sign of previously troubled times.
Nikon D800 50mm f1.8 AF D lens.
Misfat Al Abreen is a traditional mountain village perched on the jebel above Al Hamra on the way to Jebel Shams. When I first visited in about 1986, it was very secluded and certainly didn’t get many, if any visitors from outside the local area.
It has now embraced tourism (all be it in a very limited way) as one can stay in a converted traditional village house. I think it was a case of ‘if you can’t beat them then join them’ which helps with the local economy.
There is an abundance of water which allows the growing of bananas, dates, mango, papaya and vegetables in spite of the dry vegetation elsewhere in the summer months.
Sorry: this is beginning to sound like a tourist guide, but it is such a lovely and welcoming village I needed to say more.
A project this winter is to spend time in the visitors house and take pictures……….