Alien Invasion

© Carol Teal

Alien Invasion

Uploaded: July 26, 2007


F5, 1/250, ISO 250, 134mm. This is a lotus pod taken today at the lake where earlier I took lotus shots. The last time, I did not get a shot of the pods that I was happy with, so I went back today. I just love these because they remind me of ET (Justin says I am nuts lol). I guess it is the stalk (neck) and the pod (face) and the seeds (eyes) that make me think of aliens. Flood added. They were actually standing in water this time, but it was too overgrown to see it so I added my own. :)


Colleen Farrell July 26, 2007

Fantastic, Carol! It absolutely does look like ET because of the big "head" and "neck." Are these the pods that are dried for floral arrangements? I have one that's brown. I love the flood filter, too. #699274

Jennifer L. Alder July 26, 2007

LOL @ your title, Carol!! This is wonderful--- great light, detail and color! :) #4559740

Evy Johansen level-classic July 26, 2007

Awesome image, Carol!!! Wonderful color! #4559755

Angela Azzinnaro July 26, 2007

Perfect title for this great image Carol! #4559786

William Johnson July 26, 2007

Well you achieved your desire to a great image with this one Carol. You're exactley right with you Title,LOL. Lovely detail, clarity and detail. Bill J. #4559789

Les Rhoades level-classic July 26, 2007

Looks like a sea monster. :O)


Paul E. Earl July 26, 2007

Wonderful image. I just love it! #4559833

Chris Ebben July 26, 2007

Very interesting picture, I can see the "ET" likeness. I like the colours & effects used very much. Well presented=^..^= #4559849

Inge Linden July 26, 2007

Awesome, great image. Actually you have a lot of wonderful images on your site! Carol. #4559873

Dr. Harmeet Singh July 26, 2007

this is excellent and very unique. #4559918

Dr. Harmeet Singh July 26, 2007

this is excellent and very unique. #4559919

Ray Clarke July 26, 2007

wonderful shot Carol, it does look like an alien (a) #4559962

Aimee S. McMaster July 26, 2007

...this is awesome Carol...amazing detail, color and sure looks like alien life to me....:<) Aimee #4560033

Donald K. Cherry July 26, 2007

NIce image and effects, Carol. #4560115

Bonnie C. Lackey July 26, 2007

Great job, Carol. What an eye-catcher this is! #4560171

MELODIE C. ROBERTS July 26, 2007

Wow Carol, this is an awesome shot.
I sometimes think the pods are more beautiful than the flowers..
Great Job..Melodie #4560237

Carol Sawyer July 26, 2007

Fantastic image and detail, Carol! #4560244

Carla Metzler July 26, 2007

Great capture, Carol! #4560880

Carol Teal July 26, 2007

Colleen, Jennifer, Evy, Angela, Bill, Les, Paul, Chris, Inge, Harmeet, Audrey, Aimee, Donald, Bonnie, Meldoie, Carol and Carla, I truly appreciate your kind and encouraging comments! I am glad to see that many of you agree that they have an "alien" look!

It was much more difficult to get to them this time because the lake was up a bit and the weeds had grown a lot! We were on the look out for snakes as we carefully made our way to the lake's edge. I think I need to invest in some rubber boots!

Colleen, yes, this is the same as the dried brown pods you see in floral arrangements. I took several photos of them at that stage too.

LOL@ Les' sea monster comment!

Melodie, I agree that sometimes the pods are more beautiful than the flower and more interesting too!


Susan Weisensel July 26, 2007

Hi Carol, Phone Home. HA HA HA. This is wonderful. #4562787

Nikki McDonald level-classic July 26, 2007

Wonderful color and perfect title, Carol. Tell Justin he's the one who's nuts if he can't see ET in this! Perfect use of the flood filter. #4563653

Nancy (Peaches) Harker July 26, 2007

DO do DO do, (alien music LOL), Great image with great clarity, color and use of the flood. Great job girl! #4563743

Carol Teal July 26, 2007

LOL Susan! We always ride the ET ride when we go to Universal. It has the best smell, like a damp forest smell; it even smells old IMO. Justin and I always say we are going to get off the ride and stay in there a few days and play in the water and waterfalls. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

Nikki thank you so much for your encouragement! I told Justin he was nuts! LOL Being a kid, I would think he would have a better imagination than me to see a resemblance!

And Peaches, thank you so much for your kind comment and your alien music! :D
I just love these pods; they are so unique. I brought a few dried ones home with me. #4565641

frank w. degenhardt July 26, 2007

The title saids it all. And it certainly reminded me of ET. Are we getting that old our kids don't know ET?
Detail and color just superb in this photo. Love the background being softened out a bit and the adding the water was just brilliant. The eyes just give us a whimsical look at what an alien just might really look like. Loved your description under the title. Made me laugh and what scares me is, I know what your talking about.
Great job my friend. #4565723

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe July 27, 2007

Great image, Carol. I agree it does look like an alien. Looks like your second trip and getting close to the water's edge to take this was well worth it. You have a great eye for compositon and are very creative. Well done! #4566106

Tammy Espino July 27, 2007

That certainly is a strange photo, made me look twice. I never saw anything like it where I live. Great capture and love the flood you added :) I think from reading other pages it was your birthday? Happy b'lated, hope it was a great day. #4568003

Carol Teal July 27, 2007

Frank, thank you so much for your kind comment! I believe Justin thinks ET is cuter, so maybe that's why he doesn't notice a resemblance! :D

Sherry, thank you for your encouraging words! I am happy I returned to the lake, even though it was a bit difficult this time. I had to talk to people who lived on the lake to ask if I could get to it from their property because where we entered last time was really overgrown.

Tammy, I thank you for your kind words! This is a lotus, although I am still a little confused on how it gets to this stage after the flower dies. And thank you for the b'day wishes; I shot this on my b'day and later had a great time with my family! #4568192

Heather July 27, 2007

Very Different and unique...I have never seen anything like it! It looks kinda like an alien....LoL....Great job!! #4569111

Carol Teal July 27, 2007

Heather, thank you so much for your kind comment. These are very beautiful flowers before they get to this stage; I called them water lilies until I looked it up and found what they really are. I just love their strange appearance! #4569170

Sherry Karr Adkins level-deluxe July 27, 2007

Carol, Happy (belated) Birthday. I'm glad you had a good time with your family. A special day with special people! #4569631

Renee Doyle level-classic July 28, 2007

Fantastic pov and wonderful use of the flood filter Carol! Excellent colour and detail!

Brenda c. McFarland July 31, 2007

Carol, This is so neat. My favorite color is green. I always see these in Brown in floral arriangements. Nice to see one in the wild. Very Neat indeed! #4583491

Amy JACKSON July 31, 2007

Wonderful image, Carol! Well done! #4583516

Carol Teal July 31, 2007

Sherry, I am sorry I am so late getting back to you! Thank you so much for the b'day wishes! I had a nice day!

Renee, Brenda and Amy, thank you so much for your encouraging words! :) #4585506

Shawn M. Marymee August 02, 2007

Carol, Your photo have just gotten better and better. Great comp. and Color. Your talent is inspiring. #4592009

Carol Teal August 02, 2007

Shawn, I truly appreciate your encouraging comment. I sent you an email yesterday, I think it was. #4592019

Donna La Mattino Pagakis August 27, 2007

Very cool, congratulations on your finalist Carol!! #4705473

William88 August 27, 2007

Carol, congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!! #4706402

eileen bedford August 27, 2007

Congratulations on your finalists Carol... #4706698

Nancy (Peaches) Harker August 27, 2007

YIPPIE, I get to do it AGAIN DO do DO do, (alien music LOL), WTG GIRL! BIG CONGRAT'S and good luck in the next round! #4706900

Tammy Espino August 27, 2007

Congratulations on the finalists!! Way to go~ #4706901

Jennifer L. Alder August 27, 2007

huge congrats, Carol!!!!! :) #4707247

Nikki McDonald level-classic August 27, 2007

Love your lotus shots, Carol . Congratulations and good luck in the next round. #4707299

Dr Silly level-classic August 27, 2007

Carol, congrats on your wonderful finalist. Love the title. :O)

Mary Timman August 27, 2007

Congratulations! #4707724

Elizabeth A. Marker level-deluxe August 27, 2007

This is so COOL!! It does look as we have been invaded!! Well deserved!!! #4708259

Shawn M. Marymee August 27, 2007

Carol, congratulations!!!!! Another beautiful photo. #4708298

Pat Gamwell August 27, 2007

Well deserved, Carol! BIG CONGRATS! #4708777

Su Sana E. P level-classic August 27, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Carol!! #4709068

Cindy Bendush level-classic August 27, 2007

Great capture Carol - congrats on your FINALIST! #4709320

Carol Teal August 27, 2007

Donna, William, Eileen, Peaches, Tammy, Jennifer, Nikki, Dr. S, Mary, Elizabeth, Shawn, Pat, SuSana, and Cindy, thank you all for your support!! #4709532

Dr. Harmeet Singh August 27, 2007

Congrats and best of luck for next round. #4709667

Colleen Farrell August 27, 2007

Love this image, Carol, and I'm thrilled to see it in the finalists--big congrats! #4709694

anonymous August 28, 2007

Congratulations Carol on your fabulous finalist! B- #4710499

Carol Teal August 28, 2007

Harmmet, Colleen, and Barbara, thank you so much! Looks as if BP is working again! I couldn't post anything for hours! #4710751

Bob D. Hall level-classic August 28, 2007

Great effects and I love your title, Carol! Congrats on your Finalist!! #4712560

Sherri Gorman August 28, 2007

Congratulations on your beautiful finalists!!!!!!!! #4712791

Chris Budny level-deluxe August 28, 2007

Wonderful imagery, Carol! Congratulations! #4713056

Esther Smith August 28, 2007

So beautiful! Congratulations Carol!! #4714709

Barbara Waldoch level-classic August 28, 2007

Wonderful finalist, Carol! #4715359

Carol Teal August 28, 2007

Bob, Sherri, Chris, and Esther, thank you very much!
My PC is unplugged and ready to go to the shop tomorrow. I hope I get it back tomorrow afternoon or at least the next day. In the meantime, I won't be on much because of my son's slow laptop and because the keys are too close for me to type fast! I hate this thing!

Carol Teal August 28, 2007

Barbara, you sneaked in while I was slowly typing! Thank you so much! #4715373

Renee Doyle level-classic August 29, 2007

WTG Carol - congratulations!

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe August 29, 2007

Excellent Carol; congrats on your Finalist! Jeff #4717302

Lorri Shane August 29, 2007

Stunning in detail and a great title, Carol!!! congratulations! #4718160

Cheryl E. Molennor August 29, 2007

Very cool! Congratulations #4720483

Carol Teal September 04, 2007

Renee, Jeff, Lorri, and Cheryl, thank you all so much for your support. I am still playing catch-up after a week + PC breakdown. I am up and running again, thank goodness! #4748088

Dianna Hauf September 06, 2007

What an awesome and unusual capture carol! Great effects added for a wonderful presentation! Congratulations!! #4755562

Lynn Haack September 06, 2007

Carol...this is simply amazing! No better title could ever be found....excellent clarity and comp. I love the neat colors and it really does look like an alien invasion. I never knew these pods were lime green. I think this is what I sometimes see in dried floral arrangements. EXCELLENT! Lynn #4757330

Carol Teal September 06, 2007

Dianna and Lynn, thank you so much for your kind comments and congrats. Lynn, these are the same pods you see in dried floral arrangements. This is just before they reach that stage. It's really amazing how much they change from the time they are the center of a flower until they are dried pods. #4757787

Jill Beamer October 23, 2007

haha! that thing is just FREAKY! #4968513

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic November 28, 2007

Fun and fantastic!
--Lisa #5143215

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