Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Vegetable SOS Brigade?

So, does this photo of a South African desert plant bear a resemblance to the final frame in the ending animation of a certain Kyoto Animation production, or is it just that my brain's been addled by borderline obsessive viewing of the Lucky Star OP?For reference, here's the grand finale to the ED sequence from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (YouTube)...
The plant in the photo is Dactylopsis digitata, a deeply peculiar native of the quartz flats of the Knersvlakte region of western South Africa. It's in full bloom and quite healthy, just a bit wilted and yellowed as it begins a long summer dormancy. The photo was taken by DJ Ambient, while he was visiting Mesa Garden, in June of 2005. DJ Ambient--who I know through botanical channels--emailed it to me out of the blue, simply because he thought I'd be interested in a good image of a plant that almost nobody cultivates. He noticed a funny resemblance to people dancing, but certainly knew nothing of Haruhi. The image has been 'shopped, but only in order to remove a busy background (the original can be seen here).

The match isn't exact--Dactylopsis Kyon and Koizumi are facing the wrong ways, and there's a blurry extra stem behind Dactylopsis Haruhi--but it's pretty close. It's more convincing, I think, than the water-stain Marian apparitions that reporters puzzle over on slow news days. What are the chances that five stems on the plant would grow that way, that someone would take a picture at just the right stage of the plant's senescence, and that it would get emailed to a person who would understand its significance, two years later? The mind boggles. I'm converting to Haruhi-ism.

7 comments:

Alex said...

Cool pic! Could such a resemblence be mere chance?

Anonymous said...

LOL, gothloli emo fail

Matt said...

Alex: Speaking as a botanist, I calculate the odds as being 10^496 to 1, against. Clearly, we're dealing with phenomena beyond human understanding.

Anon: Welcome, visitor from Anime on my Mi*bleep* (?) :3

Ray said...

Oh boy, it is an awesome pic! I can't wait to wear my new cospa tee that has the dancing post on it at the next con!

Matt said...

Ray: Thanks! It's nice to know that it's not just me who is reminded of the Haruhi ED by that photo.

DS said...

あら, ましゅさん, ごきげんよう.

Matt said...

ディエスさん: あっびっくり。へんな外人発見。(笑)

OK, that's enough of that... I don't have 日本語ワプロ capability, and cutting and pasting individual characters from websites eats up valuable らき☆すた watching time.