Scenes, beaches, landscapes, culture – Oman

James Butterworth Photography: Scenes

Oman - Nizwa Fort

Nizwa Fort

Oman - Ras al Hadd

Ras al Hadd

Oman - Jabrin Fort

Jabrin Fort

Oman - Sunrise at Jebel Shams

Sunrise at Jebel

Oman - Eid Souk

Eid Souk

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Andy in Oman: A Canadian Christian English teacher living in Oman

A nice view of Hilf Harbour from a hill overlooking the wharf.  Check out the satellite map here!

This fishing boat has been designed to look like an old dhow but has all the modern necessities for life at sea.

I love this photo of a local Omani fisherman on break.

My student, Sulaiman, taking a dip at Hilf seaport.

(A military communication tower overlooking the harbour)  Parts of Masirah Island (the southern half, I believe) are off limits due to the military presence there.

There were so many crabs along the eastern coast of the island just before sunset.  If we had a bucket, they would have been SO easy to catch…Here‘s a short video of this crab in motion.  Crab in Arabic is “saratan” which can also mean “cancer” as in the disease of the body.

Local island dwellers collecting firewood   Here’s a video of us on a tiny island along Masirah’s eastcoast that we were only able to walk to due to the low tide at the time.  Listen for the clicking or popping sound of crabs walking along the beach rocks.

Sulaiman getting water from the shaikh’s well.  The shaikh is less responsible and ranks under the title of ”wali” (like “mayor”?) of the island.

This sign (in Arabic) reads, “Dear natives and tourists, do not swim in this area because of strong water currents.”  ?!  Hello! A sign in English would ne nice! Imagine if some tourist who doesn’t speak Arabic (like myself) comes here without an Arabic speaker.  That could seriously spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!!

This shipwreck on the east coast is pretty interesting!  Here’s a quick video.

If you are curious to know what sunrise is like on Masirah Island, click here!

This is probably a better video of the rising sun on the eastern coast of Masirah. (especially after the 6:50 mark)

This is a large dallah or ancient Omani coffeepot that is located on the western coast near Serabis Hotel. (“Serabis” is the ancient name of Masirah.)  Another short scene here.

One last look back on Masirah Island as the ferry heads for Shannah seaport on the mainland of Oman.  Here’s a short video of the island from the ferry.

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Oman Beach Resorts – Pictures

07 - Qurum Beach - Muscat, Oman 07 – Qurum Beach After around 6pm the beach became a series of beach soccer pitches for the …
06 - Qurum Beach - Muscat, Oman 06 – Qurum Beach We pretty much had the beach to ourselves.
Digging out the car at Yitti Beach - Muscat, Oman Digging out the car at Yitti Beach Driving in sand isn’t as easy as we thought, as you can see…
Dining by the Beach - Salalah, Oman Dining by the Beach After sun for months on end, 48 days, we were eager for some green and …
Our campsite, Jussa Beach outside Muscat - Muscat, Oman Our campsite, Jussa Beach outside Muscat This was our home for the first 3 nights. The ruins behind us of an old …
Public beach - Muscat, Oman Public beach You can rent water taxis from here to go to islands, maybe for a picnic, …
beach area under development - Muscat, Oman beach area under development A hotel resort is being built here
01 - Towards The Beach - Muscat, Oman 01 – Towards The Beach About a 5 minute walk from the Ramada brings you to happiness. Palm trees, …
Turtle nests cover the whole beach. - Ras al-Jinz, Oman Turtle nests cover the whole beach. Les nids que les tortues creusent pour y pondre pendant la nuit couvre …

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“Faces of Oman” by Tonny Holsbergen

  “Tonny Holsbergen, born in 1952, is a well known Dutch painter and portrait artist who has held many successful exhibitions both internationally and in Oman.  She first visited Oman in 2001 overnighting in the desert.  When talking of those times she says “I became obsessed with Oman and its people, particularly with the Bedouin, their hospitality and way of life.  I listened to the sounds of the desert surrounding me, and I just wanted to start drawing immediately.  She describes these times as the best of her life.  About her return to the Netherlands she says “I couldn’t concentrate on anything that was not about Oman.  All of my other commissions suffered.  Painting portraits of businessmen, actors and poets just didn’t seem to flow.  I was too inspired by the Bedu women with their golden birkhas and the beautiful dresses that they wear with such grace.  Every scene moved me.  I wanted to capture an essence of their lifestyle.”  “The first time Tonny Holsbergen came to Oman she found herself in the desert of the Sharqiya accepting the hospitality of local bedouin.  Without a language in common the Dutch artist and the Omani bedouin communicated with each other by way of Tonny’s art.  She drew sketches of her hosts, to which they responded with immediate enthusiasm, insisting that she make more.  From this encounter, and from Tonny’s deeply felt empathy and passion for the people of Oman and the land in which they live, there has flowed a rich stream of paintings and drawings, a small selection of which are shown here.  This passion for people and for a way of life that is in danger of disappearing altogether, amid the pressures of modern life, is evident in every stroke of her brush.  Of course it is the work of the artist to create – to make new things in the world – but it is also, here, to make a passionate appeal to preserve what we already have.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi)  “She shows that the desert is anything but a place of emptiness.  In her vision it is always a landscape full of colour and movement.  It is perhaps the colour in the paintings that strikes the eye most immediately.  Reds, in particular, seem to glow with an especial intensity: a tribute, perhaps, to the bright fabrics worn by the women of Oman’s desert interior.  She also captures quite beautifully the changing conditions of light in the desert.  A low evening sun picks out the delicate shade of luminous purple in a dish-dasha, which glows in the painting as though responding to an ultra-violet source.”  “Linger with one of these works for a moment longer, and, as the colours continue to vibrate, the movement of the figures, communicated with a flurry of graceful and precise lines will captivate you and draw you into the instant of action itself.  A hand raised in gesture, a leg twisting in dance, faces alive with character, with warmth, with vitality.  Drawing is at the heart of her art and such is the refinement of her technique here, that the human figures in her work seem to leap with muscular energy from the two dimensions of the painting’s surface.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi)  “Muscat City” glass art (RO295)  “Omani Mask with Hologram Eyes” (in various colors and designs) (  Glass Art (RO 375)  “Waiting for the market, Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO295)  “Bow at Command” oil on canvas 50X60cm (RO 500)  “Coffee server, Mutrah” oil & glass on canvas 90X80cm (RO 1800)  “Folkdance with Drums” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325)  “Woman with Calf” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Carrying the Goat for Eid” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 39X29cm (RO 295)  “Carrying Lucerne” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Two ladies Carrying Stone Bottles” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Coffee Server, Mutrah” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295)  “Old Man Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250)  “Woman Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250)  “Omani Mask” glass art (RO 275)  “Little Shop in Bahla” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295)  “Vegetable Market in Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295)  “Sitting in the Shade at Nizwa” pastel 50X65cm (RO 575)  “Folklore Musicgroup” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325)  “A Walk through the Desert” water colour 35X45cm (RO 550)  “Camels in the Desert” & “Before the Start” pastel on palette (RO 400 each)   “Discussion about Fodder” pastel 40X48cm (RO 550)  “Study of Camel” water colour 30X40cm (RO 295)  “Passing a Door” pastel 70X90cm (RO 1500)

These are just some of the amazing pieces of artwork by Tonny Holsbergen available at Bait Muzna Gallery.  You better hurry though as this display is only on for 3 more days (ends on January the 8th).  If you are interested in any of the pieces, I’m sure that the ART director of the Gallery, Ellen Molliet, would be able to help you out.  ellen@baitmuznagallery.com   www.baitmuznagallery.com  (Tel: +96824739204)  Fax:+96824739205

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