hormuz island


Geology trip to Hormuz Island off the coast of Iran - mountains forming from the impingement of Saudi Arabia on the continent and salt diapirs being uplifted by buoyancy in the sediment. I think the caves in white rocks seen here are eroding into salt.


Photography:  Minaret in Ormuz, 1870

This photographs shows a dilapidated tower or minaret on the island of Hormuz off the coast of Bandar Abbas.
To the left in the background several reed or palm-frond structures are visible while to the right there is a white-washed, one-storey building.

Two European men wearing pith helmets are seated at the foot of the tower. A third man stands in the large central opening near the top of the tower while a fourth man’s head is visible behind him.


Soil carpet, Hormuz Island, Iran

Every year Iranian artists gather in Hormuz Island in southern Iran and make a “soil carpet” using the natural colored soil of Hormuz Island. The carpets usually reflect the traditions and costume unique to southern Iran. 

This year’s carpet is made of six parts and is called “Kalak Paro”.


Statue of Imam-Quli Khan Undiladze, Hormuz Island, Iran

Imam-Quli Khan famously defeated the Portuguese which had captured and colonized the small but strategic Iranian island of Hormuz and expelled them from the island in 1622. 

Below, A Persian (Iranian) miniature depicting the battle between the Iranians (left) and the Portuguese forces.