Life on Mars and other fine places – and a little Monochrome Madness on Mars

The Biosphere project on the upland region of Tharsis

(This is my submission to Leanne Cole’s wonderful Monochrome Madness 2-12– visit her site for all the great images)

digitalis spire
Solar Flare on Martian Foxgloves

If we as humans can’t get a hold on our own environmental issues how will we fare on other worlds? And how will other worlds fare with us?

 

biosphere2

An abandoned road in Ismenius Lacus

 

sunset on Mars

The few remaining settlers enjoy red twilight 

Any Science Fiction fans out there who have not read the classic “Martian Chronicles” by the late Ray Bradbury will not be given priority seating on the space shuttle.

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and I must include my favourite changeling

mergirl

The mer girl from Upsilon Andromedae –each one she passes goes ahhh

 

space garden

The last surviving  garden dome drifts by a moon in the Alpha Centauri system

 

Rejoice in the Sun by Joan Baez-

from a beautiful and poignant old film called Silent Running –  an environmental science fiction piece about the last gardens of earth, placed inside geodesic domes and tended by astronaut gardeners in space until they are finally deemed no longer sustainable and abandoned.

Fields of children running wild in the sun
Like a forest is your child growing wild in the sun
Doomed in his innocence in the sun

silent-running-dome
Space dome from the film

65 Comments Add yours

  1. themofman says:

    Beautiful work here, Cybele.

    I have created a fictional moon for my sci-fi and fantasy art. For a while it was based on Ups And c but that fell through, and Kepler hasn’t panned out in my favour so I’m now hoping that TESS and JWST will help me find a real world to base my fictional one on. I prefer to use as much real astronomy and plausible astrobiology as possible.

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    1. Thank you and I will explore more of your world!! I’ll be away for August but when I return – I’d like to know more about it!

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  2. fgassette says:

    Love your work. Looking forward to seeing more.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    1. thank you for your lovely and appreciated comment!! Blessings!

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  3. Debra says:

    You are truly an artist! These are amazing.

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    1. so pleased you like the post!! Thank you!

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  4. afairymind says:

    Gorgeous images, Cybele. I love the sci fi theme. 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Louise!! I like sci fi still!!

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  5. Surreal, strange, extremely beautiful 🙂

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  6. “Silent Running” — oh, I so loved that film. Actually, more than that, I was obsessed with it, as were my children. Lost count of how many times we watched it, but probably until we wore out the video tape!
    Those pictures of yours are mind-blowing. Just don’t know how you do it — by magic, I guess 😉
    I’ve just planted a whole load of fox-glove seeds in my garden, so fingers crossed that they’ll flower next year.

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    1. Yes I watched it again as well. I remember crying at the end! And we as a species still haven’t saved the environment! Thank you so much Sarah. I finished the Mayan story by the way and I will be finishing up my Tuatha shortly! That is hard but I will try to give it a somewhat happy ending. I know I’m a bit melancholy. That must come from my connection to your part of the world and the misty moors etc.!! 😀 I love what you have been doing lately with your photography and haiku. I love those spires of fox gloves too- like beanstalk ladders into the sky!!

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      1. I’m terribly behind with reading people’s blogs at the moment, due to this and that in life. Will make sure to do a catch-up read soon, as I hate missing any of your lovely posts, Cybele. And thank you for your kind comment about my photography and haiku 🙂

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      2. no worries- I am often behind too. Blogging sometimes is hard work!! 😀

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      3. no worries Sarah- I’m often behind. Thank you so much for your lovely support!

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  7. Every time I think there’s no way you can top any previous photos, you do this! These are amazing, to say the least! So beautiful. You reminded me of our trip in the early 90s to the Biosphere in Arizona. We couldn’t enter it, of course, as it had already been sealed but we toured what was available. It was amazing. Too bad it was a failed experiment.

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    1. what a beautiful comment Linda- thank you so much!! How interesting about the one in Arizona. I wonder why it failed?

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      1. thanks Linda I will check it out!!

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  8. robert87004 says:

    As awesome as always, Hannah, but………..but, I never really liked the Martian chronicles, even as a avaricious reader way, back. So much for my first class seat. they were so last century! 🙂

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    1. aww!! I liked Ray Bradbury and a lot of the science fiction writers of the last century and even the century before with Jules Verne and H.G. Wells!! 🙂 thanks Robert!!

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      1. robert87004 says:

        I like fantasy way more than science fiction. 😛

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      2. I like both!

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      3. robert87004 says:

        How about Piers Anthony and the Xanth series, I love them, and Roger Zelazny and his Amber series, Oh yeah!

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      4. I also read many moons ago- H.P. Lovecraft, H.Warner Munn and Michael Moorcock. Also ghost stories by M.R. James Henry James and gothic Mervyn Peake!!

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      5. robert87004 says:

        I don’t know thiose last few. I ran across Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant about 30 odd years ago when I bought a book on vacation and have never forgotten the story or series. Quite excellent, I think. 🙂

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      6. 🙂 will look him up!

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  9. All I can say is..I am just speechless…beautiful♥

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    1. thanks so much Cougar!!

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  10. The foxglove is a gorgeous image with your perspective giving it an even stronger presence. It works well in monochrome.

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    1. thanks Sally!! That worked out well for the subject!

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  11. Maria F. says:

    I love this Cybele, and your images are so surreal. Can you believe I also tried something really surreal in my last post? You pose some poignant issues also here.

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    1. Maria F. says:

      I think the image “The last surviving garden dome drifts by a moon in the Alpha Centauri system” came out amazing!

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      1. Sometimes the magic works doesn’t it Maria!? Thanks so much!

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      2. Maria F. says:

        You’re welcome!

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    2. great minds think alike as they say Maria!! 😀 thanks so much!

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  12. Pieces of 8 says:

    I really love the Martian foxglove. It looks like Jack’s beanstalk – only all the way to Mars.

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    1. thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  13. lauramacky says:

    These are MESMERIZING!! And I love the words too…so true. I’m in love with that IR image!

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    1. Many thank you’s Laura. Your comment is so appreciated!! Both top ones are IR!!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        Very cool!

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  14. Maverick ~ says:

    Wonderful post and images Cybele.

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    1. Many thanks Maverick!

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  15. sedge808 says:

    these are amazing.
    the flower looks like a skyscraper

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    1. thanks hugely Sedge!

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  16. sheldonk2014 says:

    Just getting to you and I am so glad I did
    Great images
    Excellent post

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    1. Many thanks Sheldon!

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  17. Nurul Lubis says:

    Stunning and magical, as always, Cybele.. The last surviving garden looks beautiful. But I can feel the sadness there. It reminds me of story from children magazine when I was a kid. It was telling story when no real plants are alive on the earth until one girl found the sheed secretly and tried to grow it by sacrificing many things. She hoped for every leaf until one day, it grew well.

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    1. I love these allegories!! Thanks for sharing yours and thanks for your lovely comment!

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  18. Whouaa! Thanks for this fantastic travel, Cybèle 🙂

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    1. you are most welcome! Did you get the priority seating!?

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  19. katieprior says:

    Beautiful! I love how the foxgloves reach into the sky like a space craft taking off to explore other planets! 🙂

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    1. yes or jack’s beanstalk lol!! Thanks Katie!!

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  20. Amy says:

    So amazingly creative! I’m so in awe, Cybele!

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    1. thank you so much Amy!! that’s an honour!

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      1. Amy says:

        I’m back again. Magical, beautiful, and beautiful!

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      2. Many thanks Amy!

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  21. Ann says:

    Beautiful images! You’ve reminded me of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. I will have to re-read that – it’s been so many years!

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    1. it was a great book!! Thanks so much Ann!

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  22. Bastet says:

    Each photo compostition is a magical event … beautiful … I’m without breath looking at these … really great editing here – so original and imaginative. Bravo!

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    1. Many happy thanks Bast!!

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      1. Bastet says:

        🙂 me too!

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