Salalah Trip...Part 8

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 by Stained in Labels: ,

Monday, 4th of August

Part 1 of Day 6

1) We headed north out of Salalah through the mountains to the hotter side to make our way to Wadi Dawkah where we were hoping to find the famous Frankincense trees used to make Oud. Seems like due to the high profit and demand of Oud, Frankincense trees seem to be scarce now so the government has launched a program to maintain its population in Oman. Wadi Dawkah is one such place where the trees have been planted and fenced off to keep them safe from human contact.
2) A panorama shot of Wadi Dawkah and the surrounding area. You can also see the monsoon clouds hanging over the mountains in the horizon.
3) Picture of a stone formation near Wadi Dawkah.
4) After being disappointed with the fact that we couldn't get close to the trees, we headed back into Salalah. As usual we passed a lot of greenery as we made our way through the mountains. We also spotted two huge herds of cows grazing around.
5) A panorama shot of the view from the side of the road.
6) Tree next to the road shot.
7) Another panorama shot of the view from the road.
8) I took this picture while standing a few feet away from the edge. The view was just WOW!!!
9) A panorama shot of the greenery below.
10) A panorama shot of the road and some greenery. Notice that brownish smooth area on the lower left side of the picture. Basically it's for the water to flow off the road. I was standing on it and it was very slippery. I kept thinking that if I do end up slipping, I would be dead cause there was no way I could have stopped myself from going down the slope.
11) The Valley below.
12) The building opposite where we were staying had a water heater on the outside. Weird!!!
13) We then made our way to Al Mughsayl Bay Beach that is famous for its huge cave called 'Al Marnif Cave'. The sign board was a good idea; they only forgot to educate the people...
14) A shot of the fruits on the plant growing near Al Marnif Cave.
Too lazy to post more picture so the Al Marnif Cave story will be continued in the next post...


  1. Anonymous says:

    Gosh ...all u're pics rock...have been an avid follower for the past few bein new 2 blogspot n all....i do hope u take up photography as a profession...:)

  1. You said cave and story in the same sentence. I want to hearrrr.
    *Sits with popcorn

  1. Stained says:

    Thanks Zanzibar....I do hope so too!!! cave + story I meant what I saw there and what pictures I took...there is no dramatic story to it but some seriously cool pictures....will post it inshallah tomorrow...

    Till then you tell me about your script...

  1. Abid says:

    #8 is awesome (as expected) :P

    Good job "stained"!

  1. D says:

    Good pics ... panorama shots are very good.
    #8 is nice... and I like #13 ... the perspective of how it's been taken.

  1. Stained says:

    Thanks Abid... :D

    D....#13 is the sad story of Salalah. No rules binding the people from not littering. No one cares. Even the shopkeepers don't bother and are just there to make a quick buck. Kinda sad!!!

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