Astronauts touch down in a forest filled with curious tapirs. An elephant becomes a miniature pet, and a woman discovers her carpet is actually a flat, fuzzy monster. In Todd Baxter's playful images, animals appear where you least expect them.

Baxter has gained some notoriety for his gruesome Owl Scouts series, in which a pair of campers meet with violent misfortunes. His other conceptual images are a bit less grim, suggesting worlds of uplifted animals and other mysterious critters.

Todd Baxter Photography [via Nerdcore]

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Astronauts and Tapirs

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Rug Monster

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Tiny Elephant

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Fox Reel to Reels

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Owls and Computer

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet

Squid Cloud

Whimsical Photos from the Tapir Planet