Strange Rock Garden at Duqm, Oman
I'm always interested in odd things. This is one of them.
A section of this desert has an array of unusual
sandstone and limestone formations.
Whichever way you
approach this place, you’re likely to have traveled through hundreds of
kilometers of rocky desert. It is, therefore, somewhat surprising to find
3 square km of desert fenced off and signposted “Rock Garden.” If you
leave behind any preconceived ideas of what a garden may look like, and focus instead on
the rock part of the name, you’ll be better prepared for the site.
sight, there is little (if any) difference between the fenced off and the
surrounding area. Yet, once you start wandering around, you’ll find a
curious array of sandstone and limestone formations. Water, wind and millions
of years combined managed to create this bizarre landscape.
perfectly spherical stones sit next to rocks resembling animals, thrones, human
body parts, and whatever else your imagination can conjure up. Some large rocks
stand balanced on smaller ones, while others sit at improbable angles.
It may not be the most jaw-dropping site you’ll ever see,
but it does provide the chance to marvel at the beauty of rocks. There is
something hypnotic about contemplating the way time has made some rocks smooth,
and others jagged, some flaky and others scaly, and so on. If you take time to
notice these little variations, the Rock Garden has a striking variety of rock
surfaces, shapes, and colors.
Clancy's comment: Mm ... It looks like a former playground. That whopping big bone is extraordinary.