Comfortable satisfaction over my world view imploded with the discovery of Socotra Island, Yemen. Decades of exploration, reading, education and wonder – nary a whisper of Socotra’s existence, let alone the unfathomable landscape.
Dragon Blood tree Socotra Island
Socotra, the largest of four islands in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Socotra rests 240 Km. east of the Horn of Africa, and 380 Km. south of the Arabian Peninsula. Isolated from Africa for seven million years, a third of plant and animal species are endemic.
Desert Rose blooming on Socotra Island
Don’t mistake geographical isolation with quirks of the Galapagos, adjust your thinking to M.C. Escher meets Dr. Seuss.
In 2008 UNESCO recognized Socotra as a World Natural Heritage Site.
According to Wikipedia, archaeological evidence supports human settlement before the 1st century AD. In 2008 a Russian expedition claims to have found stone tools used by early hominids.
Not sure how I missed Socotra, but know this is a place I have to see for myself.