Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Corner View 3







The southern part of Oman, where I live, is known as the Land of Frankincense and once great camel trains carried frankincense and myrrh across the desert from here or down to the Queen of Sheba's ports. As you can see, the camels still think they are kings of the road, but nowadays most people drive SUVs. They are more common here than in most parts of the world because there is a lot of off-road driving. I'm currently driving a Toyota Fortuner, which I must like a lot as I'm even taking photographs of it!

For those of you who don't know about it, the Corner View project is a group of bloggers around the world, who once a week post photos with a related theme. It was started by Jane in Spain who is first in the list of links below. This week's theme is modes of transport; next week's will be shopping. If you want to join in, you are more than welcome. Just post your photos and let us know your link.

These are the current participants in Corner View:

caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t., jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, samantha, vanessa,

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44 comments:

  1. this is the first time I visit your blog, and i loved it.
    I discovered you in a comment you left in my friend's blog. Francisco brito, do you remenber?
    can I join to the group?
    Please forgive me for the bad english, I'm brasilian and never travelled abroad.
    But is my wish

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  2. Yes, Erick. Post a photo with a transportation theme by tomorrow and let me know the link to it.

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  3. You're early! And I love the photos! Nice work!!

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  4. Hey Ian! These are great. The first one is hysterical. Your markets must smell amazing- Hey- Don´t all guys take pictures of their cars? Un abrazo- Jane

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  5. I love the first pic. It reminds when I was vacationing in Egypt. On the road were camels and next to them Mercedes

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  6. Like Jane said it is a guy thing to take pics of their cars, I know I do! These pics are great and the camels are amazing and brave to stay on the road.

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  7. I am happy to find your funny camels ... it reminds me elephant ride in India !!

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  8. Oh, I like those proud kings of the road! I get to drive behind more humble sheep sometimes ...

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  9. I'm loving those camels :) Looking forward the shopping theme!

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  10. with your photos, i want to travel, immediatly.
    But it's impossible. Bouuuu ! Snif

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  11. I have heard that in many Middle Eastern countries that the camel has become so popular that they can be quite expensive to purchase, almost like a status symbol. Great post!

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  12. oh my.. i must say i go for the camel and have a royal drive with the kings of the road;)

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  13. I remember when I went to Dubaï, to have seen camels also. How it's funny! Thanks for your visit :))

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  14. Allison, a top model - the Naomi Campbell of the camel world - can be very expensive indeed. At a recent camel beauty pageant in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan paid $2.7 million for the winner. What his plans for her were I do not know.

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  15. Oh my goodness ... those camels are hilarious !! I'm only about three posts into my little 'corner tour' this week and I just love it ! So much variety ... so many interesting people and places !!

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  16. I thought our Toyota had taken some serious abuse (both front, inside door handles have broken off, so we have to roll down the windows to open the doors), but from your pictures, I'm guessing ours has seen nothing compared with yours.
    I love the picture with the camels!

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  17. The first photo is amazing!!

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  18. We knew you were going to have some great shots!! We have never heard of the Toyota Fortuner, and were a Toyota family. We like it!

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  19. nice photos. and nice car you have :)

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  20. I think it would be quite natural to ride a camel here in Northern california...

    Ian, what an exciting life you lead!

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  21. I once sat on a camel in Syria. I think it's a very unhurried way of transportation!

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  22. Thanks for sharing the history....so interesting. I just love the camels on the road!

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  23. Oh those camels crack me up every time. Very interesting post once again. Thanks!

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  24. The camels look a very good way to get around, but I agree the SUV is probably the smarter way.

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  25. The first pic :-) Great post!

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  26. great post - did you say 2.7 million for a camel? ??

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  27. i think they're cute, but not that cute!

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  28. We use a toyota fortuner too. Very common vehicle around here.
    Love the camels! Great picture.

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  29. hey ian kari has your car! and she parks in the jungle!

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  30. Yes, it's a rugged all-purpose vehicle, popular across the whole of Asia and Africa, but it's not available in the United States, where I think people prefer the bigger Landcruiser.

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  31. The Land of Frankincense .... I am happy to visit your corner of the world today :)

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  32. I just can not imagine seeing camels walk down the road.. ha! Thank you for the image. :)

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  33. Oman looks like an amzing place. So rich and complex in every sense. I;m itching to get to that part of the world some day.

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  34. Wow - impressive view of transportation!

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  35. Yes, on a Day that is Desert :)

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  36. First picture is fantastic! :)

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  37. now that is something! to see camels just walking down the street, pretty cool. This is a great project- amazing to see photos from all over like this.

    thanks for stopping by my little blog and saying hi- to answer your question, I was in the intensive care unit for a time but I healed up just dandy and am here to tell about it!

    Cheers!

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  38. http://deciloquequierass.blogspot.com/

    Good Bloog my friend!! Congratulations!!

    good luck!! See you!

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  39. Nice photos and I love your car.

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  40. Can I try the camel ?? Nice pictures !!!

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  41. Oh dear, off road driving would make me car sick...The first picture made me laugh, thx.

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  42. Wonderful to see what camels are up to, and that they are still roaming the deserts.
    SOrry for my delay in visiting, unfortanately I cant post comments here from my computer. Testing 1 2 3 if it works from here
    cheers,

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  43. yeah! nice to make your acquaintance,
    worlds away from the camels,
    in an internet cafe

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  44. that first photo is priceless.
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

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