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The Wilde Eye

More than two weeks we'd been trekking, moving slowly further and further into the wilderness canyons. Today we'd struck camp before dawn to beat the heat and set out with the pack mules into an unexplored side canyon. Mid-afternoon I left them by the stream to make base camp and, shouldering my research campack, walked alone into a nearby east-running knife ravine.

This was unchartered territory. Somewhere in these unexplored crevices I knew there would be botanical marvels, probably even never-before-seen unique cryptic primitive species. I was hyped with anticipation, a feeling I often get before big finds.

A tiny trickling rill ran out of the cleft. Peering in, I saw the way up ahead was blocked by a logjam bridge of jumbled rotting palms.

Over or under? I chose under.

With the late sun on my back I knelt, then, commando style, wriggled forward on my belly under the pile, thru cobwebs, over the leaf litter & wet rocks, tangles of old man's beard brushing against me as I groped towards the light chinks on the far side.

Finally able to stand at last, I saw the ravine had come to a closed end. I was in a deep cylindrical water-scoured bolthole, some 30 meters across and filled with the afternoon sun funneling down the cleft behind me.
Fern and vine-hung walls rose sheer, vertical cliffs hundreds of feet high, topped by a silhouetted overhanging fan palm canopy, fringing eyelashes to the distant eye of the sky, in its turn reflected in a central trickle-fed pool amongst the jumbled rocks of the canyon floor.

The only way out was back under the log jam. A dangerous place to be trapped in a sudden storm, I noted, seeing the flood debris caught on ledges meters above me. My mind began busily calculating exit speed escape possibilities.

What I saw next wiped out all such thoughts.

There, rising tall and proud from among juvenile palms against the far wall was a snaking scaley treefern some 40 feet high.

Graceful spreading fronds threw a pool of shade on the pebbled floor, while above creating a gold-threaded lacey parasol silhouette against the cobalt sky. The whole gently nodding in the delicate wind wafting off the pencil waterfalls that fell in diamond traces down the cliffs.

I had found it. The elusive botanists' grail. A new Gondwanan species. I was sure of it. Its' primitive features told me all I needed to know.

My life's work was justified, validated. Elation flooded me from my very core.

Excitedly I began to scout around, registering the coordinates on the GPS, finding spore-bearing fronds for diagnostics, taking photos.

Suddenly I felt strangely spooked. I had goose bumps.... I suddenly knew I was not alone.

With a cool head I surreptitiously glanced sideways, checking the shadows and nooks in the canyon walls.

Aha! There it was, an unexplained glint in a deep shadow. I held up my digcam, scanning the rock walls.

Perfectly still, I focussed further behind a rockfall....something....a sense of presence....I focussed in further, sorting shadows, patterns in the rocks...searching....ah....zooming into a deep, dark, narrow side-cleft and...there!... it materialised!

Yes, it was watching me - motionless, unblinking, silent, inscrutable.

It knew I had found it.

The Wilde Eye of a large furry humanoid creature.

"Click"...gotcha!!


Chronicles d'Anu - Kimberley Botanical Journals

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UniversalKinase Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome story; I don't know exactly how you did it, but that was intense. I really like your style of writing. The fractal also goes really well with it an complements the piece, reinforcing the message.
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
:ahoy: Glad you got it. :boogie:
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IDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! You've entered too :D Coolly self-referential title giving an extra layer of meaning: is the journey all that it seems, or an allegory for self-exploration? The answer is in the fractal eye... ;)
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
B-) You get it, you got it, GOOD! :thumbsup: ;)
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IDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We should become pioneers of the new genre of fractal fiction, in which each plot is merely a subplot to itself, and vice versa :confused:
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
:idea: :thumbsup:
Most suggest storylines to me, , but then I do write....
:typerhappy: :boing:
:butterfly: A butterfly challenge? :matrixfight: ?
Optimistic tales to give hope for better futures? :meditation:

The new fractal category FracTales - with yr way wit woids I'm sure you'd come up with a better term here...:laughing:


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IDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I can't better that! Ultimate précis :D
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AckBo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Writer
Very COOL !!!! :clap:
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
:thanks: :D
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live4pain Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
i love this picture and i am looking forward to see more pictures from you.
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
:ahoy:Lately I've been feeling I'm creating fractals just 4U!
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live4pain Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
thx
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winklepickers Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I am very impressed.
I envy your narrative talent, ZZ.
Well the creature didn't get you but shall we never know what else you learned?

Your fractal illustrates it so well.

Which came first, the fractal or the story?
:D
Bravo!

Good luck with the contest.
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
:ahoy: The fractal came serendipitously first, it suggested the story the more I looked at it.:pc:

:bow: The point is we don't find out if the creature "got" me....

I "got" it, but then that's the slammer, after which the elephant is :ohmygod: :evileyes: still in the room ^^; :sprint:

But I guess I did live to tell the tale ;) :laughing:
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winklepickers Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
It's a good illustrated story. :D
I wish I could do it.
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
:ahoy: I can, I will, I do. ;)
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winklepickers Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
YES I know... but if I can't! Well I do something else, don't I?
XX Good night ZZ. :)
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
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