I took this picture in Queens Wood, Highgate, last week:
Amazingly, just a few seconds later - I can't be sure of the exact timing, as I was so stunned - the patch of sunlight started shimmering and two alien beings materialised. It's difficult to describe them, but they were rather like the aliens in this extraordinary tale (scroll down). They started speaking to me in a strange high-pitched guttural tone, but I couldn't quite make out what they were saying. "I'm terribly sorry", I said, "but my hearing's not very good. Would you mind repeating that?" But they said no more.
At that point I realised that I was holding a camera in my hands. I raised it to take a picture, but...I couldn't press the button! It was as though my will power had been sapped. Clearly they didn't want me to photograph them. Then they started shimmering, and they disappeared: beamed up, I imagine, to their mothership.
I stood for a while, transfixed. What did they want? Why did they appear at this spot, to me? Sadly we may never know the answer to these questions. All I know is, I felt immeasurably enriched by the experience. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of peace and serenity. Then I went home and had a cheese and pickle sandwich. It was one of the best cheese and pickle sandwiches I've ever had.