They say that a camel can smell water. I'm not sure if that's true, but they do have a knack of turning up at camp..
The first thing you notice about Oman, is how welcoming everyone is. The second thing, is that it’s very, very hot. That’s probably why everyone is so utterly chilled out and relaxed..
We had been bouncing along in the 4x4's since first light. Progressively the road turned from tarmac to gravel to sand, and then with the minarets of Al Hashman fading back into the heat haze..
Sometimes science seems boring. It can be difficult to connect the apparently disparate effort in the field, to the long term goals and achievements.
On the edge of the Empty Quarter is the ancient city of Shisr, a centuries old spring that provided water for generations of desert travelers..
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..
The basecamp seems desolate and deserted after both groups left to pursue their own adventures..
Our time studying the sands is drawing to a close. Now, after many days exploring the area, is when we hope our hard work will be rewarded..
The walks and trapping are all new for our Omani students and rangers. They are enjoying their time out in the desert (Al Hashman) learning new techniques..