I never knew that mountains with all shades of brown without a single speck of green, can be so beautiful until I came to Muscat. I get to see a mountain range when I look out the window of my house, but never really took time to analyze them more than a quick look in the morning, noon, evening and night. I love the border color the sunshine of the day gives to this mountain range.
Here are some selected snaps of the mountains that caught our eyes over the two hour drive to the Caves. The time of the day defines the shadow on the mountains and the contrast it renders to the original brown color. The clear sky adds an extra touch finishing touch to the scenic portrait. On a close-up you can see a lot of shades of brown, orange, yellow, and blue and green.
The Alhuta museum clarifies the colors to be mineral-rich rocks that are believed to have been formed when the continents were formed gradually in the globe over an archealogical time period of say 400 million years ago.
It was depicted beautifully in a set of animation frames. It is easy to like Geography classes if taught this way:
There seems to have been a time in the past when the Arabian land had been blessed with the fertile richness that is presently seen in the tropical countries.
Made me wonder aloud : So, after all this land had been all green and fertile once upon a time... So, this is probably just a phase of life in the archealogical time period. Not before too long, all these mountains and the colors in them and the rocks will also take place in one of the walls of the museums in another few million years to come... When continents can be formed by some movement of tectonic plates and water turbulence or whatever the geologists call it and reason it, there is also the equal possibility of the same turbulence to occur and make this whole globe into a joint blob that you are seeing in the picture. We took this from the animation video in the museum. You can fix a time period on the panel and see how the globe would have looked like back then... It was a nice experience for us because we have never seen anything like this, more so, never thought that Arabia could have once been a part of the whole blob of terrain in the globe.. May be geography classes had it and history teachers meant to teach us, but like I said, it takes a nice visual representation to get some facts right.
I just got this fact and its just a wonderful feeling within when you get the ground reality of all these: What you see is not permanent.
Also the wonderful lesson about mountains: Even if it is a rocky mountain it has its own beauty and might that cannot be denied.
The brown of the mountains is monotonous and boring sometimes, but the blue touch and the black roads accentuate the beauty of the scene. Easy to apply this to life too in any scenario. You can make the most monotonous work interesting by a few little changes.
The blue sky, the brown mountain and black roads made me click a lot more pictures than this blog poost can hold and gave me a lot more lessons than I can possibly explain here. Surely, nature is worth watching and is the best way to learn to appreciate life better.