The Jebel Samhan Escarpment is located in the Dhofar region of southern Oman near Mirbat. A Nature Reserve covers most of the escarpment and is home to the critically endangered Arabian Leopard. Fewer than 50 of these cats live in the reserve but they possibly represent more than 25% of the world population. Hyena, wolves, foxes, oryx, gazelle and hyrax are also found in the reserve. The region receives very little rainfall for much of the year but in July and August the Khareef arrives. Arabic for Autumn, the Khareef is a Monsoon rain that only falls in the far south of Oman and far north of Yemen. Local tourists from all over the Arabian Peninsula flock to Dhofar at this time to enjoy picnics in the rain.
This shot shows sunrise from my camping spot on the edge of the reserve.