This is one of several species of small lizards found on Socotra, and it was right in front of me for quite some time before I noticed it.

Even though I was quite close, it went on with whatever was on its mind simply because I was already sitting still to experience the beauty of the locale – a forest a couple of hundred meters straight up from the ocean on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra.

Socotra’s landscape is exceptionally beautiful, and what most are focusing on, but if you simply sit down and look at what’s going on on a smaller scale, you’ll find so many wonders here – many only exist on this very island!


  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: NIKON D4
  • Focal length: 210mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 s