The jungle of Oman’s revealed in a series of photographs, which is incredibly pop-up forest in desert only blooms for three months in a year. The oasis is located on a 155 mile stretch of land same to the length of Jamaica and at its deepest, the monsoon only extends about 18 miles from the shore. The Jungle of Arabia has amazing overnight transformation from arid desert to breathtaking rain-forest. The sensation once in a year is really incredible to see from the end of July to the beginning of September, mainly known by Salalah Khareef, or the Salalah Monsoon, transforms a massive tract of land seemingly overnight into a striking emerald haven for locals and animals (including hundreds of camels). The average temperatures drop from a burning 50 degrees to a cool 20, however dry conditions nine months of the year means that Salalah does not have enduring lakes or running rivers – nonetheless during the monsoon waterfalls can be seen flowing over the cliffs. Therefore, on the grassy hills of Salalah live the Jibbali people who have been inherent in there for hundreds of years.

A landscape architect Andrew Anderson at the Oman Botanic Garden sharing his experience, even the fog sometimes becomes so thick that you cannot see your hand in front of your face. The forested slopes of the escarpment are a true global marvel for 9 months of the year, although, they’re mostly barren and leafless, but during the monsoon, they turn into an amusing, green, sub-tropical forest, dense with vegetation and dripping with moisture. Indeed, this is scientifically a cloud forest but it is the only area in the world where this rich, wet cloud forest transforms to and from a dry, arid environment. After three months the land reheat and turns back into its dry and dusty former condition.

A man photographs a friend in the rainy valley of Wadi Darbat, Oman, during the period which sees the land covered in greenery

A man photographs a friend in the rainy valley of Wadi Darbat, Oman, during the period which sees the land covered in greenery

Archaeological site of Al Baleed in Salalah

Archaeological site of Al Baleed in Salalah

Around 155 miles of land is affected by the change in weather and surrounding areas remain untouched

Around 155 miles of land is affected by the change in weather and surrounding areas remain untouched

Camels make their way across the dusty desert. Oman has one of the hottest climates in the world

Camels make their way across the dusty desert. Oman has one of the hottest climates in the world

Camels rest upon the grass - a rare site which people can see when the monsoon arrives for three months a year in Oman

Camels rest upon the grass – a rare site which people can see when the monsoon arrives for three months a year in Oman

Camels wander in the water following the monsoon - which sees temperatures drop from a high 50 degrees to a cool 20 overnight

Camels wander in the water following the monsoon – which sees temperatures drop from a high 50 degrees to a cool 20 overnight

The Green Pool in Wadi Shab, which can be found among Oman’s desert canyons, has its water coloured by limestone springs

The Green Pool in Wadi Shab, which can be found among Oman’s desert canyons, has its water coloured by limestone springs

The spectacular transformation takes place from the end of July to the beginning of September every year

The spectacular transformation takes place from the end of July to the beginning of September every year

The Wadi Bani Khalid (above) is an oasis in the desert and is filled with huge amounts of water during the short cool weather period

The Wadi Bani Khalid (above) is an oasis in the desert and is filled with huge amounts of water during the short cool weather period

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Originally posted 2015-10-18 10:36:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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