Here is my number one choice of a photo to represent Oman. In my eyes, Oman is most amazing for its dramatic landscapes of golden or brown rocky mountains punctuated by smatterings of green. The rare areas of vegetation reveal a strong determination by a people, dealt a harsh climate, to make the most of scarce water resources. When they have managed over the years to eek some water out of these dry mountains, extensive falaj systems, which they have painstakingly built throughout the country, carry the water to cultivate mangoes, pomegranates, grapes, lemons, walnuts, roses, indigo, sorghum, corn, apricots, onions, and dates.
It’s amazing to me what a country, which up until 1970 was living in a less than modern world, has done to survive and thrive. This picture of the terraced plantations on Jebel Akhdar, otherwise known as “Green Mountain,” is one of the most beautiful places in Oman. At over 2,000 meters, it retains a temperate climate even in the hottest months of summer, and its people have cut into these stone mountains to create terraces where they can bring forth life. This, I have to say, is my favorite place in Oman.
I would like to nominate Donna (of donnaonpalawan.wordpress.com), who has lived on the island province of Palawan in the Philippines for 30 years. She knows extensively its capital city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I would also like to nominate 3rdculturechildren.com, a globetrotting family of 5 in the foreign service, for Brazil.
Many thanks to Cathy. I haven’t visited Oman yet, but with stunning landscape like this I should get going! So Philipines and Brazil…I can’t wait.
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