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On the third day of the Oman in Focus tour, we headed to Bahla, a city famous for pottery. On the way to one of the pottery shops, we spotted an amazing mosque on the side of the road and decided to stop for some early morning photography. I never found out its name, but it was a stunning and absolutely spotless building of white marble and yellow sandstone. The light was still soft and nice, which can unfortunately not be said about the time we got to the famous Bahla fort – the reason why I don’t have any photos of it.

mosque in Bahla

Interior of the mosque in Bahla

The pottery shop, though, turned out to be pretty amazing. A man, covered in clay but with a neatly trimmed beard, churned out the delicately formed pots by the minute. It was fascinating to see him work and admire his skill, which he had obviously perfected over the years. The light was starting to get harsh and all the clay put a reddish cast on everything, but it was a fascinating place and I’m happy to have gotten some great photos out of it.

pottery shop in Bahla

pottery shop in Bahla

We finished shooting in Bahla and due to the lack of planning on the tour, soon found ourselves without a place to go next. We were sent out into the Ad Dakhiliyah Region without knowing what was available, and the lack of internet the previous two nights had prevented us from doing any research of our own. Luckily, our driver knew just the place: Diana’s Point, a spot in the Jabal Akhdar mountains Princess Diana used to visit and love. On the slopes of the mountain, villages huddle together, surrounded by hundreds of green terraces used for farming. The villages and the terraces are all connected with a genius irrigation system.

Unfortunately, it was the middle of the day and the light was terrible for landscape photography. Since all the locals spend the hot hours in the middle of the day inside their houses, even portraits were impossible to shoot. We decided to go anyway. After a short stop at a green oasis, we ended up hiking through all the villages at Diana’s Point, balanced through the landscape on the irrigation canals and enjoyed the relaxing hours there, without feeling the need to press the shutter too often.

oasis

Butterfly on the road to Diana's Point

View of the villages near Diana's Point

irrigation system

door

The arrival of the golden hour eventually forced us back down from the mountains and into the plains around Nizwa, where we heard about a local market. Market? Hell yes! We simply couldn’t resist dropping by. The market in Nizwa is fairly big, with goods from vegetables to pots being sold, but what fascinated me most, was the fish market. It was grimy, it was loud and with all the haggling going on, it was definitely the most interesting place to be. Huge tunas lay next to even bigger swordfish. Men in pristinely white dishdashas bought from men wearing rubber boots and t-shirts covered in intestines. Since everyone at the market, be it buyers or sellers, was incredibly friendly, I managed to get a lot of photos in the middle of the action. Therefore, I’ll just let the pictures to the talking:

man at the fish market in Nizwa

fish market transactions

fish

fish market

fish market transactions

man sitting and watching

fish market

fish

fish market

bags at the fish market

bananas at the fish market

Exhausted and probably a fair bit smellier, we headed back towards our hotel just as the sun was setting. It was then that I spotted a hill with a cell phone tower on top and hiked the thing to snap this beauty of night setting over Al Hamra, the town where we saw the colourful festival just a day earlier.

sunset over Oman

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

8 Responses

    • Tiffany

      For me, markets are the most fun when I can just be an observer. The touristy ones are a bit of a pain, because someone will be trying to sell me something while I’m just trying to take a photo 🙂

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  1. Calli

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures Tiffany! The shot of the man’s hands in the clay might be my favorite 🙂

    With a title like this I just had to click through. Looks like you are having a wonderful time in Oman!

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  2. Hayley

    I absolutely love the action shots at the fish market! The man with the huge smile on his face while holding up the fish? Priceless! x

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  3. MACH

    Great photos. I especially like the one of the guy with his hands in the pot, the guy with the Spider Man hat carrying the fish and the wheelbarrow full of bananas! Thank you for sharing!

    Have you ever encountered any hostility while taking photos and do you have any tips for avoiding it?

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    • Tiffany

      I haven’t encountered any hostility in Oman, some people of course said no to photos, but in a friendly manner. This happens everywhere I go and most people are nice about it. In that case, I just move on to find a more willing subject. I have had some bad experiences in other places though, where people got incredibly aggressive and started yelling. Same goes for aggressively demanding money. You can’t do much in these situations except getting out fast before it escalates, since it’s usually just impossible to reason with people like that.

      On a lighter note, a simple smile gets you a long way and the bad experiences are few and far between.

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