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Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod

From my archive of scribbles and sketches: Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod, designed in 1999.

Jeep Wrangler YJ Hot Rod | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

1955 Chevrolet BelAir Racecar | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (1999)

1955 Chevrolet BelAir

From my archive of drawings and renderings: 1955 Chevrolet BelAir, designed in 1999.

1955 Chevrolet BelAir Racecar | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (1999)

Cadillac DeVille Custom | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2002)

Cadillac DeVille Custom

From my archive of drawings and renderings: a Cadillac DeVille Custom with two-tone flames, designed in 2002.

Cadillac DeVille Custom | Artwork by Sebastian Motsch (2002)

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands Sunrise

Sleeping in the desert is special. It is so quiet at night that you can hear airplanes that are flying at altitudes up to 18.000 ft. The alarm clock woke us up about an hour before sunrise in our bedouin tent and we put on all the sweaters and jackets we had. Desert nights are quite cold, mind you. As the moon had already set behind the horizon, we had a clear sky with millions of stars. Nonetheless, the light reflected by the stars isn’t enough for climbing up the dunes. Upon arriving at the top, we wrapped the blankets around us to stay warm. Staring into the sky we noticed that the stars faded just the tiniest little bit – and didn’t the horizon change from pitch black to a somewhat lighter hue? 

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

A short while later, the sky exploded with colors! It took not even five minutes to go from pitch black to vivid colors.

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Beautiful, isn’t it? But once the sun peeked over the horizon…

Wahiba Sands Sunrise Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

… the bright colors quickly vanished and the light turned into a fierce, blinding white. I did however try to take some pictures before that. Without a tripod it was hit or miss, unfotunately.

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Wahiba Sands Desert Wonders Camp Oman | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Wahiba Sands, Desert Wonders Camp

The drive from Ras al Jinz on New Years Day was relaxing and rather uneventful. Many people argue that driving through the desert is dull and boring – and that they would rather fly. To me, it’s the other way around. Every time I fly over a desert, I keep thinking I’d rather be down there driving…

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Oman | Sur, Ras al Hadd, Ras al Jinz

Oman FlagOnce again, we had an early breakfast at the hotel and headed out to explore the natural harbor of Sur with it’s famous Dhow wharfs and the beautiful lighthouse. Unfortunately, the Sur Dhow Museum was closed for renovations and we had to peek over the walls of a wharf nearby. It was quite interesting to see the ships being build with ancient tools and materials.

After a quick drive through Ras al Hadd at high noon, we headed towards Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve. The early arrival and check-in was rewarded with the best tent they had available – with the best view towards the sea to be enjoyed thoroughly. What a great way to relax after walking all the way to the beach and back in the afternoon sun!

After enjoying a nice buffet-style dinner with friendly company, we headed to the beach with a guide to find some turtles. Being the lucky bastards we are, we not only saw a large one laying eggs, but also two cute baby turtles on their way to the sea. Returning to the tent, catching a few hours of sleep and then getting up while it was still dark, felt like only a few minutes. And then… back on the beach, we hit the jackpot! Another big turtle. While she returned to the sea, I was able to capture the exact moment she hit the water head-on. What an awesome way to kick-off the new year 2015! 🙂

Sorry for the lack of quality in the night-time pictures. No flash allowed on the beach to protect the turtles.

Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Al Bustan Palace, Shangri-La, Bimmah Sinkhole, Wadi Shab

Oman FlagAfter getting up early we left Al Wadi Al Kabir and drove over the mountain to see the famous Al Bustan Palace. The roundabout is amazing, with a pool in the middle sporting a full-size Dhow. The water fountains are arranged cleverly in a way to resemble the bow wave of the ship. The driveway to the Al Bustan Palace Hotel is lined with trees and makes you forget that you are in a barren landscape. We didn’t manage to get into the (supposedly awesome) seaside garden of the hotel, but made up for that at the Shangri-La Resort, a couple of kilometers away.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Muscat, Mutrah and Qurum Beach

Oman FlagOn our first day in the Sultanate of Oman, we had a look at some of the various sights in and around Muscat. Driving from our Hotel in Al Wadi Al Kabir to the old part of the city via Sidab Street yielded some stunning views of the rough mountains and the glistening sea.

Leaving our car in one of the free parking areas, we walked towards the palace of Sultan Quaboos bin Said al Said – on polished stone sidewalks, mind you. They create nice reflections, but must be a nightmare when wet. In a country with an average of 100 mm of rain per year… who cares about slippery conditions? Dust is a concern, however, and therefore the sidewalks are kept clean all the time.

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Oman Road Trip | Travel Photography by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Oman | Starting 2015 with a road trip in a new country

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain / The innocents abroad

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Drei Pässe Tour CH Sustenpass Furkapass Grimselpass 2013

Road Trip Switzerland | Sustenpass, Furkapass, Grimselpass

Meiringen >> Sustenpass >> Furkapass >> Grimselpass >> Innertkirchen

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Roquetas de Mar Spain Impressions 2013

Impressions | Roquetas de Mar 2013

Roquetas de Mar | Impressions

Bamberg 2013

Impressions | Landesgartenschau Bamberg 2013

Landesgartenschau Bamberg 2013

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 5

Flag United KingdomAshington >> Bamburgh >> Edinburgh >> Anstruther >> Perth >> Dunblane >> Edinburgh

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 4

Flag United KingdomDumfries >> Newton Stewart >> New Galloway >> Dumfries >> Ashington

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Tacla Taid Anglesea Transport Museum 2013

Impressions | Tacla Taid Anglesey Transport Museum 2013

After a scenic flight along the Welsh coast, Charly landed his paramotor in Newborough  – very close to the Tacla Taid Anglesey Transport and Agricultural Museum. Obviously I couldn’t resist the chance to have a quick look around the museum.

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 3

Flag United KingdomPrestatyn >> Newborough >> Penrith >> Whitehaven >> Dumfries

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 2

Flag United KingdomSouthampton >> Cardiff >> Tenby >> Aberystwyth >> Harlech >> Prestatyn

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Paramotor Roadtrip UK 2013

Road Trip UK | Along the coast with a paramotor | Day 1

Flag United KingdomLondon Stansted >> Folkestone >> Hastings >> Eastbourne >> Southampton

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden


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Tame harbor seal Hout Bay South Africa | photography by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Road Trip South Africa | Tame Seal in Hout Bay

Having enjoyed the awesome Chapmans Peak Drive, we stopped for lunch in Hout Bay. After a great tasting serving of fish & chips in a restaurant we took a walk in the warm sun. On the pier we found a local who was feeding fish to a tame harbor seal. Quite amazing to see the friendship between a wild animal and a human.


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