The Horror

Part 1


"But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude - and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating."
--Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

I drove along Interstate 10 once from Florida to Arizona. The drive was long and mostly unmemorable. I'm always trying to get away from my point A to point B mentality and stop and explore on these long trips but despite myself I'm unable to break old habits and I pass a lot of interesting places that I eventually forget. This one was different though. Somewhere across Louisiana a bridge began, and for the next hour or so, it didn't end. I hadn't noticed immediately but solid earth had given way to water and a vast, impenatrable swamp. True to habit I didn't stop that day, but unlike so many other forgotten landscapes the swamp stayed with me.

The bridge I travelled over was raised about 30 feet over the water's surface on massive pylons sunk into thick, coffee colored water that seemed to move with a sluggish pulse. Only a few feet seperated the edge of the highway barrier from dense green foliage. Speeding by at sixty miles per hour I could only catch the briefest of glimpses into the depths. Though the interior remained hidden its mystery had taken root in me. My imagination conjured images of explorers struggling through dark jungles, pouring rain, and unknown dangers hidden by water and fog.

And so when the chance came for me to move once again the choice was obvious. Even though years had passed I had not forgotten that image of the green that streched endlessly into darkness. And so I left behind the arid deserts of the southwest and took what I had learned there deep into Louisiana's swamps and bayous.



Inspecting what lies below the water's murky surface...

Strange, unidentifiable objects are revealed.

We encountered this white stag in captivity.


See the world, they
told me...

bayou goula towhead

the sea test

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
death valley

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

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
sinister 2
sinister 1
new chapter

like sedona?
torn in two
bridge to nowhere
the door
hitting the wall
elusive 2
elusive 1
pick up lines

revisited 2
revisited 1
which way?
lost mines
in their footsteps
a dance with death

casting the bones
mountain thief
the deer hunter
strange temple
burial pt. 3
burial pt. 2
burial pt. 1
the apparition
return to hell
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
formaldehyde dreams
the underdark
in the beginning