Yes, there really are secret places deep in the forest like this. I've seen them. Chanterelles really do make fairy rings. These delicate, spongy lands are best off seldom visited by humans, and it is enough for me to know that they are still out there unmolested. The word "tulgey," as applied to a forest, has meant more to me than just the "dark, thick, or scary" suggested by online dictionaries, but also ragged, shaggy, mossy, lichenous, wild, and filled with life upon life in every crevice. This is the sort of quality that accrues to forests so deep and wild that they may yet harbor such rare and elusive creatures as jabberwocky or sasquatch. Can you spot the jabberwocky?
This image is the result of a Vue ecosystem with imported 3D chanterelle mushrooms of my own devising. Photo samples of lichens, fescue, and tree ferns were fed into Vue's plant generator for extra plants to add to the scene.
September 21st, 2011
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