“Hey! That looks a lot like…”



Fungi and Dutch hat


Moth and fighter

succulent and flamingos

Succulent and flamingos

Agave seeds_langoliers

Agave seeds and the langoliers

Agave_giant squid

Agave americana and a giant squid


Agave and shark teeth


Vampire agave

Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus go hoooome


Brugmansia flesh

buildingChrysler building

BulbineClose Encounters of the Bulbine kind

cactus 007

Cactus and Side-Show-Bob

Candlestick_succulentCandelabra donkey-ear-bloom

Chemistry_BarbadosChemistry Pride of Barbados

cone flower_hedgehogs

Coneflower Hedgehogs


Coneflower fibres

Dracula collar_culm

“So that is ver my collar vent to”!

Dragon ScalesDragon Scale Succulent


Pride of Barbados Dragon


Dried Gulf Toad…Pompeii Victim

Williams intestinesWilliam’s potato-vine intestines


Elephant ear


Egg Daisy

elephant ear_alien

Alien decaying Elephant Ear


More of poor William’s stomach and a tuber


Fatsia japonica chemistry model


Mexican Firebush and Alien Plant


Stalagmite Foot Mines


Freddie Kruger Potato Vine


Gandalf the Grey sculpture


“Gorilla’s in the Mist, Water”, can you spot him?

Hoja Santa_fields

Hoja Santa Fields

Hoja Santa_Treasure Map

Hoja Santa Treasure Map


Pan’s Labyrinth caterpillar


Edward Hover-Fly


Fighter Hoverfly


Hulk-Culm, Giant Timber Bamboo


Lantana  Bow-Ties


Lichen Map

Lychees_shell ginger

Lychees, Shell-Ginger blooms


Mermaid pond weed

Mandrake_elephant ear

Mandrake Root Elephant Ear


Oh Yeah!

Morning glory_dish

Morning Glory Satellite Dish

MothPlanet of the Moths


Nemo and Gerbera Daisy

Oak leaf_veins

Veins on a decaying post oak leaf


Olives and Mexican Fire Bush


Spiny Orb Weaver and Manx Beach Buggy

Use of  Manx Beach buggy photograph courtesy of:  http://www.takenbychris.co.uk/

Passion flower_sentinels

Withered Passion Vine Sentinel

Passion of the Christ

Passion of the Passion Flower


War of the Passion Vines


Cactus Paddle Penguins


Potato Vine Aircraft

Pride of Barbados

Pride of Barbados sling


Steak and Stone


Bamboo Roots of the Caribbean


Passion Vine Tendrils and Rigging


Sago Palm Oars




Hurricane: Snail


Sphinx Moth…The Flying Wing


Starfish Succulent


Mystical Stone


Taro Sushi

Swallowtail_stained glass

Stained Glass Swallowtail


Pond Swan


Taro Death Star

The Clangers

Brown Nose Clanger


Toad Eyes


Saucer Seperation

TribblesLadybug Larva

WarpWarp Speed Sotol

waspSci-Fi Paper Wasp

water_atomicAtomic Drip


Water Bomb


Banana-leaf zipper

snitch seed pod

Golden Snitch Seedpod

cow tongue donkey ear

Cow Tongue Donkey Ear…Ewwww!

amaranth candles

Celosia Candles

Fifth element bug

Fifth Element Southern Green Stinkbug

Papyrus and Donald Trump

Winter Papyrus and Donald’s hair.

wasp _Jack

Drowned Paper Wasp and Jack Dawson (Titanic)

Dead anole in barrel cactus and Bear Grylls.

War of the Worlds tri-pod and a Leaffooted bug

Rhino skin and frost bitten agave

Frost Bitten Agave and Nero’s mining ship emerging from the “singularity”, Star Trek.

A sparkling ghost plant bloom looking like a harlequins hat, complete with bells .

“We’ll build dwarf palmetto spears twice the length of a Naboo man”.

Court Jester squash bloom

Milk Thistle seeds and the sacred spirits in Avatar

Datura bloom and rolled linen napkins


Milk Thistle Puffer Fish

Tobacco Hornworm and the Hellraiser Chatterer

Sphinx moth larva and the Egyptian Sphinx

Toad Spawn and the Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora

Hitler Spider?

Datura seed pod and Star Trek alien

Cupressus glabra Blue Ice and Waterfall

Paper wasp wing getting devoured by tiny red light bulbs?

Cactus House and Pine Cone Cactus

Giant Timber Bamboo and Aurora Borealis

Armored Horse and Obscure Bird Grasshopper

Stargate: Anubis Guard and a chrysalis

Largus californicus and Battlestar Galactica Centurions

Jumping spider and voodoo mask

Agave wound and Ring Wraith

Dead Anole and Pompeii Victim

Close Encounters of the Tomatillo-Husk Kind

Pinecone Cactus and the Old men Muppets…what? The “eyes”!

Purple hyacinth bean and the Minstrels

Jerusalem Sage and Plants vs Zombie chomper

Harvestmen – Daddy Long Legs and “Minority Report” spider robot

Tiny spores on a shard of mulch – Avatar

Root and Elephant Butt

Tommy Cooper and Kumo


Barrel cactus and Homer’s eyes

Dead ghost plant and Tunguska

Sad artemesia and Louisiana swamp cypress

Emerging sabal major frond and whale jaw

Common Bagworm moth and a Labyrinth “hoarder”

Maintenance robot (AI) and pine cone cactus

Shells and Windsurfers

Lucerne moth and Wile E. Coyote

Hellraiser Pinhead and Buttonbush

Obvious one…Tiger and Tiger Swallowtail

Kumo and Zombie

Unidentified entity and Monsters, Inc

A marauding army of stonecrop skeletons!


Muhlenbergia lindheimeri / fire cracker.


Prometheus canisters and post oak leaf galls


Unfurling Holly Fern – 1920’s high fashion

Yeti and 4 nerve daisy

Yeti paw and forming four nerve daisy…an unlikely comparison.


H.G. Wells Time Machine_Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink…wheelbarrow time-machine

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Jerusalem sage & Mogwai


Stargazer lily seed pods and Alien

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Female Sago Palm and Feather Coral

Green June Bug and Hot Rod

Green June Bug and Hot Rod

Muhly and the Black Riders

Bamboo Muhly and the Black Riders

swaggering pirate_cactus

Swaggering Cactus Pirate and Jack Sparrow

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Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar and Manatee

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and Burgundy Canna

Baron Harkonnen & Water Droplets on a Burgundy Canna Lily

Sago Fountain

Female Sago Palm & Fountain


Albus Dumbledore using the Pensieve and Miscanthus


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Germi December 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm

And I’m not exaggerating! This is a BOOK – I wish I had a lovely bound volume so I could have it on my lap and flip through it, laughing and pointing and sharing it with friends at a dinner party.
Phaedon Press needs to come a-callin!
Thanks for the pleasure!

2 ESP December 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Thanks Germi.
Glad you liked it.
I have been meaning to get them all together under one roof, I was surprised at how many comparison shots have materialized over the last year and a half of blogging. Some of them still make me laugh, especially the Giant Timber Bamboo root / squid man and the Planet of the Apes moth…I would love to make it into a funny coffee-table book someday, remember Kramer’s one on Seinfeld? With the flip out legs? :-)
Happy you found the page.

3 Chris December 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Fantastic photos, and your garden puts my East Side garden to shame. Keep up the good work!

4 ESP December 6, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Thanks Chris.
Lets see what makes it through this winter!

5 Amy Emerick December 11, 2009 at 9:39 pm

What a great idea! I was LOL at some of the comparisons. Do these comparisons come right to your mind? It would take me forever to compile all of those. I agree with the first comment it would make a great book! -Amy

6 ESP December 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Hi Amy, a few of them still make me laugh when I see them again, and yes they do come right to mind. I never think about it, it either “looks like…” or it doesn’t!
It would be really fun to do a book!

7 Cheryl January 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Definately The Donald’s hair! You are so fantastic at pointing out these similarities! “Attention to detail” seems to be a class I missed.

thanks for the fun!

8 ESP January 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hi Cheryl.
For some reason that one floors me!
Thanks for dropping into the insanity.

9 Kari June 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I think the term is thinking outside the box! The way you put compatible things together is BRILLIANT! and the fact that you had or could find all the images, is amazing.

10 ESP June 23, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Hi Kari.
Most of these images come together really fast, I usually already have the comparison shot already in my head after I download the shots from my camera…just a case of finding the most appropriate image online!
Thanks for your compliments.

11 katzien March 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

I LOVE the shots that show the ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ together, like the Hoja Santa Fields or Atomic Drip or Hurricane Snail. Dang…you’ve got some that are funny, some creepy, there’s chemistry and pop culture and science fiction (I got ALLof those, by the way), there’s life and death, history and whimsey…I love it all. Take down this post before people start pinning and copying…..then make your book and take pre-orders. ;-)

12 ESP May 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thanks Katzien.
There is a real mixture in there. Mr Trump remains one of my favorites :-)
Glad you like the post.
…A book you say…hmm.

13 jessica June 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Love it! Also – Male cardinals all look like Frank Zappa!

14 ESP July 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

You think so Jessica?

15 Donna September 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Such fun! I’ve really enjoyed your imagination & humor matched with your photography in this series. It would be a wonderful book. Or maybe an ebook. I don’t know how these things work. But I have Flickr friend who is doing T-shirts, calendars, cards and other neat things with her photo’s and she’s added an ebook of squirrel photo’s with fun titles.

16 ESP September 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thanks Donna, I appreciate the feedback and link.

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