The Al Hajar stretch for about 700 km across the north of the country and rise to over 3,000m (Jebel Shams – mountain of sun) from the coastal plain. Sediments at the core were mainly laid down during the Late Permian to Late Cretaceous in the Tethys ocean basin that had resulted from the break-up of Gondwana.
The Arabian Plate collided with and pushed against the Iranian Plate, resulting in mountains chiefly made of Cretaceous limestones and ophiolites.
Rock outcrops in the Al Hajar Mountains, the Huqf and Dhofar span about 825 million years and includes at least three periods when the country was covered by ice.
Oman, located at the south-east corner of the Arabian plate, is being pushed slowly northward, as the Red Sea grows wider. The Al Hajar Mountains and valleys of Musandam are dramatic reminders of this: Oman is fairly quiescent tectonically but the Musandan experiences occasional tremors as the Arabian Plate collides with the Eurasian Plate (I remember coming back from holiday & finding bathroom tiles all over the floor from one of these tremors).
During the Cretaceous Period Oman was located adjacent to a subduction zone and a portion of the upper mantle along with overlying seafloor volcanic rocks were thrust over the continental crust. This obducted sequence of ultramafic to mafic rocks is the Semail Ophiolite complex. The ophiolite is locally rich in copper and chromite ore.
The interior plains of Oman are of young sedimentary rocks, wadi gravels, dune sands and salt flats. Beneath them is a several kilometre thick stack of older sedimentary rocks that host the country’s hydrocarbon resources.
Links for most of this come from – Encyclopædia Britannica & Wikipedia.
Aflaj – old & new: unfortunately cement has replaced some of the traditional construction.
Dixitque Deus fiat lux et facta est lux.
Out of my comfort zone No3.
After the rains – originally posted about 4 years ago: this one is a lot warmer because I have a sunny disposition at the moment. 🙂
Another interpretation of a previous image, made about 4 years ago after some rain.
A Surreal view of the Falaj at the entrance to Wadi Tanuf.
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.
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.
That’s fodder for goats probably – not some form of wild headdress. 🙂
Goats seem to appear from nowhere, even in the remotest of regions; always looking for what they can steal in the way of food.
Nikon F4 with Tokina 35-70 f2.8 AIS AT-X manual focus lens.
I have another version of this in B&W done with the Nikon D200.
In the hills above Muttrah.
These stalls are on the side of the coastal road out of Salalah and have traded in one form or another for many years. It may look a little rough & ready, but no one seems to mind as their fruit is always fresh and inexpensive. For anyone who may not recognise the bamboo like poles, it’s Sugarcane: cut and sold as a sweet chewing stick.
Checking all my backup files after the external drives had been in storage for about five months and the long sea voyage.
I did bring one drive home in hand baggage which was fine, two others packed separately from my computer (PC) along with two 1TB hard drives which hold a complete ghost image of everything on both my laptop & PC. not taking any chances with lost boxes.
A lot easier with my negatives; a good thing because I have rather a lot and all filed (not very logically 😉 ) in ring binders & archival storage sheets.