Sad day for my photography at the Grand Mosque. I only brought one lens for my Nikon D600 – the lens was 6 weeks new and quit communicating with the camera. I figured the 24-85 mm lens would cover my shooting needs. My travel camera was my Nikon J1 – I brought two lenses, the standard 10-30 mm and the 30 mm – 110 mm zoom. Coincidence….the 10-30 mm was damaged two summers ago when I dropped the camera on the concrete. I sent it off for repair, sent back as unrepairable but….worked fine once returned. Using with no issues until this morning…my two wide angle zoom lenses were toast….The J1 zoom had to do! The day was gray….in fact raining to the point of flash floods in the mountains. The camera could not adequately capture the grandeur of the Mosque.
The Omani Muslims are very inclusive and respect everyone’s choice. I had an interesting conversation with a young Muslim man about Easter. I was amazed at his knowledge and acceptance. The Omani’s want the world to know that their religion does not have the hatred for non-believers that other Muslims do….it is the radicals that interpret the word to justify jihad. There is a high level of tolerance for others in Oman.