The Darkness

"In those days there were places out there the trees grew so thick that it was to be twilight at noon." --Description of the old Atchafalaya Basin

We pushed a loaded kayak into the sluggish river as sun began to set. Great flocks of birds rose out from the trees, winging off to roost overnight in the upper parts of the canopy. The normally raucous swamp was unusually quiet and the sensation that we were disturbing the silence of a church or library was strong.

Darkness settled as we slid through the water. Here and there pairs of eyes reflecting our lights rose quietly from the black waters and re-submerged. It was difficult not to imagine that beneath us, invisible man-eaters glided, masters of their domain, offended by our intrusion.

We stepped into much more than a swamp, we stepped into a place deep inside the mind, a scared, primitive place that exists in all of us. We all discover this place at some point in our lives, it happens when a person realizes abruptly that he's alone, it happens in the instant before a crash, and it happens in the darkness.


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