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a desert rose on the cliffs of Socotra
September 17, 2012

Desert Rose, Socotra

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos A desert rose anchors itself on the Maalah cliffs, in the company of more than 300 other rare plant species on Socotra. In the distance lies Qulansiyah, one of the island's largest towns. See more pictures from the June 2012 feature story "Where the Weird Things Are." See pictures of extreme landscapes » See pictures of destinations around the world »
Photograph by Mark W. Moffett, National Geographic

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