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 The smog and noise had been replaced by a heavy mist and a sense of quiet.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...


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