A cucumber tree! Yet another strange plant found only on Socotra.

This was the only specimen I found in this early stage of flowering, as well as a position to look at it. These trees are after all tall when they bloom, and most grow in a location where there are no boulders or cliffs to climb that are close enough to get an intimate look. The cliffs on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra provided the perfect place.


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