Late in 2007, I made my first trip to Oman, in the Middle East. One of the many highlights was my brief trip into the Wahiba Sands in the Sharqiya Region. Amazing. As my photos will show you, I was completely taken by the many shapes and designs that the wind and sand conspire to make.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat is an amazing feast for the eyes, without question an architectural and religious highlight. The mosque is a very peaceful and tranquil place to visit. The visiting schedule is somewhat limited for non-Muslims, and the dress-code is rigid -- do your homework before visiting, and you'll surely enjoy yourself.

Beyond the sands and the mosque, there are countless other amazing sites to take in. A truly beautiful country, that certainly surprised me.

Camel Crossing Sign

Camel Crossing Sign

Hand-painted camel crossing signs were a frequent sighting on the roads in Oman - this one was found near the dunes of the Wahiba Sands.

Camel Crossing Sign
Camel Footprints
Desert Oasis
Long Desert Highway
Mosque Minaret
Muzzled Camel
One Hump Camel
Remote Desert Camp
Sand Dune Driving
Textures in the Sand Dunes
Sand Textures
Sand Textures
Steep Downhill
Three Omani Men at Sunset
Desert Sunset
Waves in the Sand
Books on a Shelf
Fighting Crabs
Mosque at Night with Crescent Moon
Welcoming Mosque Entrance
Mosque Flowers
Muscat Sunset
Muttrah Fort at Night
Fortress Stairs
Religious Curves
Silhouetted Palm Trees at Sunset
Stars at Night
Sultan's Palace
Sultan's Palace Gate
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Sunrise in a Tent
Sunrise Over Sea
Walking Blur
White Sun Shelter
White Sun Shelter
Winding Desert Road