Formaldehyde Dreams




In the course of my work I spent a few weeks at another museum. The work I had been sent to do was mind numbing. I maintained their decrepit insect collection, tens of thousands of pinned and bottled specimens, reeking of solvents and decades old decay.



Walking one evening I crossed a bridge with a stream flowing beneath it. On either side of the bridge were lush green thickets. I couldn't remember any stream in the neighborhood I had just passed through though and the water I could hear burbling under me had to come from somewhere.

Easing myself down into the thick brush under the bridge I found myself in a foreign environment. I had left behind the busy city above, and now was surrounded by thick vines and gnarled trees. The smog and noise had been replaced by a heavy mist and a sense of quiet. Amber light from streetlamps filtered down from above through the leaves casting strange shadows in the gloom.

I crept upstream, intent on finding the source of the water. Birds flitted around me and something quickly ducked beneath the surface of the water as I passed. The city seemed far away from this hidden jungle. Soon I came to a great ruined archway. Vines and creepers poured out from over its top and great chunks of broken concrete lay at my feet. Water poured from a tunnel that stretched into the darkness.

I had the sense of discovering something from another time, that had been lost and forgotten. Making my way across the debris I passed beneath the arch...



























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the sea test

-2014-
the circumnavigator pt5
the circumnavigator pt4
the circumnavigator pt3
the circumnavigator pt2
the circumnavigator pt1
falling dream
the darkness
one hell of a mile 3&4
he will return
the believers
the horror pt2
the horror pt1
traces
death valley
whiteout

-2013-
paradise of outlaws
the mountain climbers 1&2
brought to surface
one hell of a mile 3
primordial
the lost world
inner gorge
a ghost story
the riddle
slaying the minotaur
heart of darkness
bayou
public lands
organ music
two sought adventure
the virgin river
the road north
preparations

-2012-
steal the world
the end of the world
el dorado
the valley of the kings 2
the valley of the kings 1
one hell of a mile 2
one hell of a mile 1
the mountain climbers rr4
heroes rr3
rainy roadtrip 2
rainy roadtrip 1
the transgression
sandstorm
sinister 2
sinister 1
dehydrated
anatomy
sleepwalking
new chapter

-2011-
like sedona?
torn in two
blink
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
harquahala
hole
pick up lines

-2010-
revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
chute
monolith
freeze
slice
in their footsteps
a dance with death


-2009-
goodbyes
undercurrents
casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
sanctuary
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
forsaken
the lower depths
underground lake
stretch sewer
the hidden lab
shadow movements
meager rations
sw8: the conclusion
sw7: lost gold mines
sw6: the big tubes
sw5: gold!
sw4: el calderon
sw3: redondo
sw2: ghosts
sw1: westward bound
leviathan
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning





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