Bleeding trees, magical snakes and other blessings

Very well written and interesting piece. I have never seen trees like those before!


svetlana baghawan maverickbirdI have always been fascinated with pretty words and frankincense had a nice ring to it. An aromatic resin used in making incense and perfumes, frankincense was one of the 3 precious items gifted to baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men. With such an invaluable legacy and a pretty sounding name, the aromatic Olibanum (scientific name of frankincense), had made me look forward to Diksam Plateau the next day. Located in the central part of Socotra island, Diksam is a national park, which is a treasure trove of rare flora and fauna. It had been my 2nd day on the island and I had been raring to dive deeper into the world’s most unique island.

Anwar had arrived at dawn in his faithful car, which had been my home for the next 7 days and I had gladly left dusty, sleeping Hadibo behind. Socotra’s only road had been modestly…

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