What bizarre planet do these alien creatures inhabit?
It's only planet Earth, of course.
In this well-composed scene, the sky is filled with star
trails around the north celestial pole.
A reflection of the Earth's daily
rotation on its axis,
star trails are familiar to photographers who fix their
camera to a tripod and make long exposures
of the night sky.
But the imposing forms gazing skyward
probably look strange to many
denizens of Earth.
Found on the Canary Island of Tenerife, they are
rare flowering plants that grow to a height of up to 3 meters.
Hidden among the rocks of the volcanic terrain, tajinastes bloom in
spring and early summer and then die after their seeds mature.
On the distant horizon, below and left of the celestial pole,
lies the Teide volcano.
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