As you might have noticed if you’ve been a long time reader of my blog, I haven’t posted anything here since August last year. I could come up with quite a few reasons why I didn’t, but ultimately, the main reason is that I didn’t feel like it. Ever since I have started this blog (15 years this year), I always tried my best to only blog when I truly felt like sharing some images with the world. It’s very easy to get into a state of mind where you’re just chasing the number of visitors or the number of likes, particularly nowadays when organic growth on social media is pretty much a thing of the past. I never wanted to do that and this blog has always been more of a record of my photographic journey and a documentation of sorts of my travels.
So in the last couple of weeks, I have felt a bit of excitement again about sharing some photographs from my recent trips, particularly two trips to places I have been wanting to visit since I moved to the Middle East more than 20 years ago. Those places are Socotra Island in Yemen and the North of Saudi Arabia. I will start with this photograph of a beautiful forest of Dragon’s Blood trees on Socotra Island. If you have never heard of Socotra, do yourself a favour and look it up – it’s an amazing place situated between the horn of Africa and Yemen and belonging to Yemen. Because it has been so isolated, 37% of Socotra’s plant life cannot be found anywhere else.