Socotra (or Soqotra) is the most alien-looking place on Earth. A third of its flora are found no where else. It has been inhabited at least since the stone-age. It was known by Thomas the Apostle and Marco Polo, it was held by the Portuguese, then the British but now it is part of the Republic of Yemen.

Socotra is one of the most isolated continental landforms on Earth.

The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site.

For some great photographs of Socotra visit skyscraper

The land of the Dragon’s Blood Tree, Dracaena cinnabari

The Desert Rose, Adenium obesium

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Some great photos from Ronny Photographer