Several hours ago I watched the total solar eclipse which coincided with spring equinox. In Svalbard, March is one of the coldest months, and here you can see the sea is almost frozen over. With more sunny and calm days like this and this will be solid ice! Not spring as most of us like […]
This total eclipse of the sun was very hard to see from land as only the islands of Svalbard and Faroe was in the path of totality. Just 3 days before the eclipse I decided to go to Svalbard! One because the weather forecast was good, and much better than that of the Faroe, but […]
Although Stera is beautiful in the soft evening light, it’s equally wonderful during the time before the sun makes it too hot. Add some clouds to dapple the light on the dunes, and it’s something you’ll remember for a long time. Sand, sun, wind, sea – such is Stera! PS: do you see the approaching […]
Yet another gorgeous Socotra vista! It’s a windswept place, and the dunes are here because of it. It was windy when I was here, and you can see the sand blowing off the top of the dune, making the edge look out of focus. This is nothing compared to the monsoon winds in the summer […]
An amazing vista – the mountains as a hard and uninviting backdrop to the soft and mellow dunes of Stera. The tree seems out of place here in the middle of a desert, but it is at home and gets to water through very deep and long roots. It can extract the moisture it requires […]
Only when you have a known size in a landscape will truly see the scale, as is the case here with the photographer and the tripod.
Although many plants species are very well suited for life here in the Stera dunes, some one way or another perish, and end up like a skeleton seen here – sand-blasted and dry as bone.
This is from the south of Socotra, and when in between the dunes you only see the sky and the sand, you’d think this is not from an island but a huge desert. I was mesmerized by the scenery! No matter where I turned my head I was in awe. In the back the sheer […]
Yet another shot from my stay in the sand dunes of the south of Socotra. A short while ago I was on the plateau seen in the distant – totally different landscape. Here we’re setting up camp for the night, protected from the wind. There are no tracks in the sand from this vantage point, […]
There are many species of butterflies on Socotra, and in some areas you can see many of them if there are plenty of plants in bloom. At higher elevations – about 800 meters and higher, the euryops arabicus thrives, so when in bloom the butterflies have a lot of food from the thousands of flowers. […]
The only one of this species I encountered. A magnificent, large spider! I also found a small male on the outer fringes of the large web made by this female. Perhaps it will manage to mate before it too is eaten? Please help me identify it – leave a comment
Resembles leucas spiculifera, but the flowers are morphologically too different to be same species. Please help me identify it – leave a comment