Moon Landings

I called this post ‘Moon Landings’ because as I stood here delighting in my cutting patch, I was amazed at how many spaceships zoomed in and hovered over.  If you look closely near the top left of the next picture, you might just see a UFO.

Nicotiana ‘Sensation’ with UFO.

Now like all UFO sightings, the image is blurry, and you have to zoom in.

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Is it another Marmalade Hoverfly, Clare?  The stripes look a bit different this time, and he’s got his landing legs up this time (you can see my Beginner’s Luck photo of a Marmalade Hoverfly in Minibeasts).

On this planet, the grass is purple and the trees are yellow.

Zinnia ‘Cupid Mixture’

There are coiled ferns, stuck to rocks.

Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’

The flowers are furry, and there are plants with only two leaves.


Zinnias provide a nice firm landing site for space-buggies because look how deliciously chunky their stems are!  I think this is a pod in a space metropolis.

Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ just opened.

There is life here.  I would like to say I left them be, but I didn’t.  I squashed them to a green paste, which was just a little bit delicious.

Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ with primitive life-forms.

This moon-buggy’s paintwork got damaged in a meteor shower on the way here.

Zinnia ‘Cupid Mixture’ with Ladybird.

On a neighbouring planet, there were these curious tubules.  I was careful not to slip down into one.

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Dahlia ‘Vino’

They seem to have an alternative to plastic, here.  A biodegradeable, translucent, protective skin over the new tubules:

Dahlia ‘Vino’

It seems to be a transmitter.  We can’t decode the signals.

Dahlia ‘Vino’

This is one of the suns.  It’s pink.

Dahlia ‘American Dawn’

The glare from the pink sun is blinding.

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’

But the sunset is beautiful.

Dahlia ‘American Dawn’

Note the glistening surface on this moon-dusted meteoroid.

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ petal.

Oh, hang on, it’s that UFO scout again.

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ and hoverfly.

He landed!

Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ and hoverfly.

There’s another!  There’s a whole fleet of them!

Zinnia ‘Cupid Mixture’ with hoverfly.

Nice manoeuvre.  Could it be that this species has superior technology to us?

Zinnia ‘Cupid Mixture’

Let’s get out of here.  We need to dodge these rings of ice and rock.

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Xanthos’ and Borage.

We may have been spotted.

Surveillance bumble bee.

Gah!  He looks like a death-eater.  Avoid him.

Bumble Bee/Death Eater.

Some distant stars and another UFO.

Borage, bee and blue sky.

The stars are a paler blue than the sky in this galaxy.

Borage and blue sky.

Wait.  It may be a shape-shifter, disguised as a star.  Here it is mid-transformation.  Stunning sparkles.  Scary spikes.

Borage. Or a space monster.

It’s coming closer.

Mission Control, are you there?

Abort!  Abort!

My aim on this site is to share the sense of wonder I get from gardening and being outdoors.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Some really nice photo’s there Ali. Especially like the Zinnia’s. Hope all is well.

  2. Enjoyed your bright fun post and all the different flowers especially Borage and blue sky, and the Ladybird on the Cupid zinnia. Thanks!

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you!

  3. Penny Post says:

    Great photos totally mad post.

  4. Robyn Haynes says:

    Entertaining post. I love the critter commentary

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Robyn.

  5. I think you’re on to something!

  6. bcparkison says:

    Have you ever written a book.? Maybe you should. This was fun.

  7. Love the space analogies! Also, the Dahlia petal shot is so beautiful that I’d print it on canvas and hang on the wall!

    1. Ali says:

      Aw. Thank you. I can always email you a pic!

  8. Heyjude says:

    I can see you are enjoying that macro lens Ali. And you certainly have a vivid imagination! Bonkers post did someone say?
    Love the zinnias xx

    1. Ali says:

      Which I choose to take as a compliment! 🙂

      1. Heyjude says:

        As it was meant, of course 😀 😀

  9. Clare Pooley says:

    I loved this post, Ali! No, not a Marmalade hoverfly this time but I can’t identify which one it is, unfortunately.

    1. Ali says:

      Thanks Clare! I’m glad I’ve got another sort! Will keep on watching them.

      1. Clare Pooley says:

        There are over 200 hoverflies in this country to choose from!

      2. Ali says:

        Yowsers! This may take some time!

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