Category Archives: Nature and Adventure

Camping,Mountain Climbing,Beach,Swimming in the Beach,Cycling,Caml Ride

Beach by the Cliff


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This is a  tourist site in the Dhofar region of Oman.The Cliffs like this are abound in this cold region in what otherwise is a hot desert country in the GCC region.
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Wadi Tiwi Along the Arabian Sea Oman(cliffhangercorner©photo)
Wadi Daykah Dam
Wadi Daykah is Oman’s most Popular Dam and a Popular Site [Cliffhanger©photo]

Marine Life


 

Life on Earth is connected to the ocean and its inhabitants. It is a must to get acquainted with matters concerning this vital system, thus the urge to ensure that its health is not endangered is ever-present in us which could then be shared to others and inspiring them to be responsible marine-life loving people.

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The Bay along Sorsogon

At the base and at the Top


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Welcome.It’s good to be back.I’ll be showcasing my trip to Europe Last March 2016 in this next blog.I hope to see you follow me..Thank you very much.By Cliffhangercorner

 

A Flower so Huge!


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It is the second largest flower in the world, with a diameter that can reach up to 80 centimeters.

For those who are not fond of flowers, this blog  could probably get you thrilled to know about a flower that is grown in the Philippines with a staggering dimension – the Rafflesia, known locally as ‘bo-o’.It is considered to be the largest flower in the Philippines and confirmed to be the 2nd largest in the whole world. It has  a diameter that can reach up to 80 centimeters and can be found at Rafflesia Yard in the town of Baungon, Bukidnon (Phils) This place has been declared by the Philippine Goverment  as a critical habitat of this famous flower known by locals as “bo-o” that continues to draw attention.

Aside from the rare flower, outdoor lovers will come to know that Bukidnon is also home to four of the country’s Top 10 highest peaks. These are Mt. Dulang-Dulang (2nd), Mt. Kitanglad (4th), Mt. Kalatungan (5th), and Mt. Maagnaw (8th).
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The Beauty of Jebel Shams During Cold Weather


Hi all fellow bloggers! It’s good to be back and I am excited to share with you my very recent jaunt with friends to a must-see beautiful high place in Oman , THE JEBEL SHAMS touted as the The Grand Canyon of the Arabias. And talking about Jebel in Oman  , there’s got to be plenty of them but only one stands out …This blog zeroes in on a top tourist attraction called Jebel Shams or Sun Mountain.

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The steel-fenched edges of the Jebel Shams’s summit.
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Summit ridge of Jebel Shams as seen from a distance. Just simply stand around at the edge, and be soaked in the fantastic views…Jebel Shams or the Sun Mountain is the highest mountain in Oman at a height of 3005 meters. At the summit is a military radar base and observatory, both of which are closed to the public.

 A mountain or a hill would refer to Jebel in arabic.The one other famous and spectacular Jebel lying in close proximity is Jebel Akhdar meaning the Green Mountain but is overshadowed by Jebel Shams in magnificence being the highest point in Oman and the whole of Eastern Arabia both of which lie in the strategic Al Hajar Mountain range in Northeast Oman. Jebel Shams has an Elevation of 9,934′ (3,028 m). For the hikers coming from downtown Muscat and other places down,the air offers a unique experience.It is a chilly mountain air that goes down to single digits on the thermo scale or at most to as low as  two below zero.

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Towering magnificently, the summit of all summits in the Arabias, Wadi Shams in its full splendor engulfed by beautiful clouds…
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At the foot of Jebel Shams..the view to the top of of the Grand Canyon is captivating.
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    The author in a memorble pose before the famed mountain with better half.
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    Looking down from  Jebel Shams’ summit edges into the space below us, with a spectacular drop of around 1.5 km showcases a gorge below us that had been carved out of Jebel Shams over time. A pathway can be seen below us, (used by former village dwellers long abandoned) which are of interest to visitors wanting to take a walk on it.

     TheStory of Jebel Shams

    As the author have gathered, the Jebel Shams has a long history dating back 250,000,000 years ago. The Jebel came into existence with the formation of a sea called tethys which was formed when Oman and Iraq separated.Tethys sea is  a former tropical body of salt water that separated the supercontinent of Laurasia in the north from Gondwana in the south during much of the Mesozoic era (251 to 65.5 million years ago).. In Oman sediments were deposited in relatively shallow waters, which later formed the very hard grey limestone found on the jebel.The sea was warm and rich in life, and many fossils can be found throughout the region. As tethys was crated, submarine volcanoes were formed and the magma from these has turned some of the limestone to marble. When the tethys sea began to disappear about 90,000,000 years ago, the ocean floor was pushed over the land, forming the mountain. After the formation of the mountain, water erosion has shaped the “Grand Canyon” with a vertical drop of 2,100 meters from the summit to the base.

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    Al Nakhur Summit.The Grand Canyon is a must-see for any local or international tourist.
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    Wadi Nakhur is home to about a dozen small villages.

    Today the jebel is home to at least a dozen small villages, where the main occupations are animal husbandry, farming, and rug weaving.

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    Jebel Shams also has some of the oldest Juniper trees in the world.

    Jebel Shams also has some of the oldest Juniper trees or al’alaan in the world, some specimens are hundreds of years old and with trunks 2 – 3 meters wide. Another common tree on the mountain is the thorn of Christ tree or sidr, the fruit “nubuq” are eaten by the locals, and taste similar to apples.

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    This scenic area, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Arabia, once supported dozens of remote mountain settlements.

    This scenic area, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Arabia, once supported dozens of remote mountain settlements. In the early 2000s however, the Oman Government moved all the inhabitants to less remote sites with easier access to modern services, leaving the villages to ghosts and foreign trampers.

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    The rim of Al Nakhur summit – strange-looking black thing is sitting atop a boulder.

    The rim of Al Nakhur summit – strange-looking black thing  is sitting atop a boulder. Very surreal-looking. It raises the question whether it is a head of something ,like the head of an animal, a sheep perhaps. We can see eyes, and some facial features. And that’s the beauty of Arabia’s Grand Canyon.

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    A narrow and imposing opening to the grand canyon is a rather suitable beginning to what becomes a rough graded track

    The drive into the heart of the beast! A narrow and imposing opening to the grand canyon is a rather suitable beginning to what becomes a rough graded track. After passing thru the village of Al Hajir, the walls of the canyon close in and soar above you…

     

     

     

    The way to the top!

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