James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Friday Photo: Desert Stars

Perhaps the most noticeable difference when living back in England is the sudden presence of a roof, out in the desert there is no such thing and rarely clouds either. As such, an utterly brilliant starry sky is always in view arcing sedately across the night. We had tents, but didn’t feel any need or desire to use them except for storing kit, preferring to sleep out on the open sands all alone, save for the occasional nosy camel.

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