After finally making it to Tombouctou, we headed off on New Year's Eve for a night in the desert.
Well, truth be told it was about a 5km walk on the camels - not exactly an adventurous journey. At night, the lights of the town could easily be seen in the "distance".
But that wasn't really the point. I enjoy camels. As an animal, they have such personality, and the more you observe them, the more you feel a Picasso-esque tinge on the animal world.
It was fun to finally be here, be away from a town - albeit not that far away - and spend a last night enjoying the plentiful stars of the desert. With all the light pollution of cities, you simply do not see such bountiful displays of light. Alas, I was lacking a tripod so do not have any great night-time sky shots. Next time, perhaps.
Last two photos courtesy Heather.
An inveterate traveler, who has explored all seven continents, Neil centres his freelance writing today on travel.
Published work includes travel writing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Buffalo News, Travel Scoop and The Wonderful World of Budget Travel. Featured destinations include: Toronto, Ontario; Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Qufu, China; Oaxaca, Mexico; Jersey, Channel Islands; Trans-Siberian Express.
Neil’s photography focuses on finding images of the worlds he visits that capture the essence of “place”. Whether photographing landscapes, archaeological sites or locals, the goal is to make a picture emotive of what brought one there.