Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Are you a member of the National Geographic Society?
My parents subscribe to the National Geographic magazine as a gift for my husband. Every time I see a new issue in our mailbox I hear Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life…“A new magazine! (I never saw it before) Of course you never. Only us explorers can get it. I've been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society.”
I wonder exactly how many people still subscribe to this magazine? Probably not many.
The current issue has a story on Socotra Island which is 220 miles from mainland Yemen. There are fabulous pictures of the Dracaena cinnabari (Dragon Tree or Dragon Blood Tree)…
And Adenium obesum (Desert Rose)…
Both of which were detailed in The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World. The article as it appears in National Geographic is interesting reading..."Research around the turn of the 20th century proved that this tropical island, despite its size of only 83 by 27 miles, ranks among the world’s most important centers of biodiversity, combining elements of Africa, Asia, and Europe in ways that still puzzle biologists. The number of endemic plant species (those found nowhere else) per square mile on Socotra and three small outlying islands is the fourth highest of any island group on Earth" read it here. The fabulous photos from the article are available here. And if you’re still curious about the island and it's flora there is more to read here and here.
(and I hereby nominate you for membership in the National Geographic Society)