from outer space?

May 12, 2019  •  4 Comments

Although there may have been more writers of science fiction who are not known to us, Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, is credited with creating the genre of science fiction in the very early 1800s.  Novelists who choose science fiction as their platform have always had amazing imaginations, creating objects and worlds of the strange, bizarre, and fantastical.  My suspicion is that some of their characters and objects were and are still based, at least initially, on things that exist in our world.  Given the huge variety of shapes and colors that exist in the world of plants alone, it makes sense. Looking at plants and flowers, I always seem to see some alien creature.

It took a bit of online research to find what I think is the name of this brain-like fungi or puffball - Calbovista subsculpta.  It was the size of a dinner plate and may have been edible, but I do not have enough knowledge about them to take a chance.



Downright dangerous, just by looking at it, but this is a thistle bud.  I loved the way the fibers are literally woven over and around the prickly points.

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In their many stages on the way to flowering, yuccas definitely carry bloom stalks that are worthy of the Alien movies.

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Finally, its circular interior makes the flower of the mariposa lily look space-ship like, with all sorts of creatures inside.

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The images in today's blog were made using a Nikon D5200 with 18-55 mm lens.  No muss no fuss no filters.  Just nature - out there.

until next Monday,


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These are all new to me, except for the thistle, and just so out-of-this-world, as you said. I remember an episode of Star Trek where stern Mr. Spock finds himself in some planetary paradise, gets blasted by a burst of pollen from some alien lily, and turns into a romantic poet with a smile. Your images bring a smile, too.
What an eye you have!
How clever of you to see and memorialize these oddities in your inevitable photographic style.
don't think "inevitable" is the best word...make it due for now while we think of a better word.
; ))
Steve Immel(non-registered)
You always find the extraordinary in our world, Daryl. This is a super series. The yucca bloom stocks are amazing. The first one is a gnarly wonder and really does look like an alien creature. The mariposa lily is intricate and feathery. Your narrative makes the photographs all the more special as Connie notes.
This is so imaginative. The images stand alone but your narrative makes them even better. The two yucca pics are all time favorites.
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