Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Corner View - Evening





The theme of this week's Corner View is evening. In hot countries like Oman, evening is definitely the best time of the day. I like to stroll along the beach, past the coconut palm trees and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean, as flocks of gulls and terns fly by, occasionally diving into the sea for their last meal of the day.

There are none of the long drawn out summer evenings that you get in more temperate climes. Here you just get an hour or two between the intense heat of the afternoon and the black of night, so you have to make the most of them while they last, as sunset in the tropics isn't going to hang around for anyone. At the exact moment the sun drops below the horizon there is the ubiquitous call to prayer from the nearest minaret: 'Allahu akbar. Hayyia 'ala salah' (God is great. Come to prayer), and the local youths stop their games of football and drift towards the mosque, while the Swedish tourists, roll up their towels, pick up their paperbacks and suntan lotion, and head to the hotel bar, where I occasionally join them, as they make a mean Mai Tai in the Dolphin Beach bar.

See other corner views of evening in different parts of the world here:

jane, ladybug-zen, ian, bonnie, esti, sophie, cele, modsquad, caitlin, joyce, ani, kim, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t., jeannette, outi, ritva, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, skymring, elizabeth, allison, lise, cate, crescent moon, erin, otli, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, vanessa, britta, april, b, kyndale samantha, karen, kristina, goldensunfamily, sophie, janet, mcgillicutty, aimee, sunnymama, jenell, britta, juanita, pamela, inna, daan, myrtille, cris, ibb, jodi, gillian, travelingmama , athena, pienduzz, latisha, clairette, kelleyn, iris, demara, mus, ninja, guusje, di, sammi, theresa, cherry b, victoria, kathryn , lisa, liza, juliette, braja, mulot, anne, lucy, leonor, elizabeth, helene, dominique, shokoofeh, cole, jenna, podane, grey-lemon, line, nihal, urbaNiche, inner toddler, puna, lucylaine, adrienne, emily, lynn, skywriting, elian

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22 comments:

  1. Marvelous. Thank you for reminding me of the tropical evenings that I have grown up with. They really are short, and much appreciated for the "coolness" the nightfall brings.

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  2. A precious evening after a warm - I can feel the atmosphere... (and... mysterious mai tai ?)

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  3. That 1st beach shot looks everlasting. Ian I love you posts. Thanks fir being there!

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  4. What a way to spend the evenings ... lovely!

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  5. lovely photos, i especially like the first one, i'm here from jane's corner :)
    what an adventurous life you must lead... way to make your dreams come true...bravo
    i'll be coming by more often :)

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  6. hou... the sunset !! Lucky man Ian !! Have an other great evening !

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  7. i wish we had a little bit of that heat here in nyc! what is in that last one? a fallen something?

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  8. That sounds just perfect! And the pictures are gorgeous as always.
    Have a wonderful week enjoying the beach and the Mai Tai´s ;)

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  9. Gorgeous! I love the way the light is reflecting off the stone in that last pictures. And a Mai Tai at the bar sounds pretty nice, too.

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  10. Beautiful shots, wouldn't mind a bit of beach myself actually... How's the book coming?

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  11. ian
    this is an amazing evening

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  12. I love your evenings! Ian you crack me up with your comments. Our Kelly (dog) doesn't like wine, but she loves beer! She is a recued dog we got when she was 5 yrs old. We found this out when we first got her and were walking on the beach when she took off to sit with some young kids who were drinking and started licking their cans!!! Thanks for the laughts. xo

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  13. Your photos are gorgeous. I know exactly what you mean by the sun being there and then gone for the day.
    Thanks also for giving us an insight to the life their.

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  14. as always, the most awe-inspiring pics & stories. ta.

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  15. oh, it looks warm and beautiful. we are in below zero windchills and had a blizzard just yesterday. could use a warm beach. lovely!

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  16. OH, that sunset, that beach... heaven!

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  17. so if i put the dolphin bar into my gps, how long do you think it will take me to get there?... love your shots! besos!

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  18. GORGEOUS pictures! :)
    Thanks for visiting my site!

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