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Old 09-20-2008, 01:42 AM   #1
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September 20, 2008: Socotra

Socotra Island, is where Dr Seuss spent his vacations, I think.

It's loaded with strange flora & fauna, a third of which are found nowhere else. A birder's paradise with 140 different species of birds; 10 of which are unique to the island. The Socotra warbler, sunbird, starling, bunting, sparrow, Socotra Cormorants and cisticola are among the birds found here.





I just know there's something evil living in those mountains.


btw, there's also 40,000 people living in this UNESCO, World Natural Heritage Site.
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:08 AM   #2
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Nucular aircraft carriers in the Middle East - 'at's what's causin' it.

And if you think that's scary, you should see their dolphins :p
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:08 AM   #3
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Yeah...they're sharks.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:30 AM   #4
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Other than the nice pic with the mountains in the background it looks like pretty unforgiving territory. And that one tree doesn't look like a cucumber at all.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:19 PM   #5
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Any Anne McCaffrey fans out there? The Dragon's Blood Tree is the closest tree I've seen to Pern's "Sky Broom" trees. I'm thinking of the cover of "The Renegades of Pern". But they were a lot taller--sort of like our Sequoias.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:11 PM   #6
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The cucumber tree

Looks like a Boojum!
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:33 PM   #7
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Man, that's some wrecked shit there. I LOVE it!

Now I want a desert rose tree (bush? hedge?) in my yard.
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:33 PM   #8
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I know I've seen those names on bottles of perfume.

Dragons blood is a really nice scent btw.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:34 PM   #9
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The first one looks almost like a overgrown mushroom, they are all very neat. I would love to see them.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:53 PM   #10
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I'll bet we could get some great 2x4s from that cucumber tree. And the base of the desert rose would probably keep a fireplace burning all night.
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:43 PM   #11
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Oh.. There's yet one more to add to my list of places to see before I'm too senile to appreciate it..

So much to see. So.. not still making even a decent living.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:55 AM   #12
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I love those mushroom-shaped trees. They look just like the scenery in my last LSD trip. If I'd only known of this place before, I could've saved thousands on drug purchases .....
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:57 PM   #13
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those trees are cool
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:47 AM   #14
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Is that island technically downwind of Bikini Atoll? That could expain a lot.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:40 AM   #15
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I'll bet we could get some great 2x4s from that cucumber tree. And the base of the desert rose would probably keep a fireplace burning all night.
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