For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a barren and weathered rocky landscape featuring a large stone arch.
The photo below is from the Google Photo Frame.
They call it The Seeing Eye of Midnight.
To approach is perilous, the rocky face alternately rippled and smoothed by time.
Look closer and you will see the remains of many who have gone before, some species not of this world, their bones cradling the dust of a million midnights.
The autumn hues of the sky beyond are hypnotising as they change constantly, a kaleidoscope of wonder beckoning a weary traveller to enter, a new victim to transport and displace into a time of darkness.
All is not as it seems. This is no ordinary landscape. This is not Earth.
This is a dead planet. Who knows if it is a look into the future of our world as we know it and a warning.
Science is a wonderful thing and as observers, much can be seen and learned of this phenomenon that appears as the clock strikes twelve. The next step is to explore and take samples……….. if they can get there.
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge 19th July