When I was a little girl I grew up in a rural area where there were many streams and most fascinating to me was this big 'ole swamp just down the road from our house. It had towering trees that whispered to me and dark secretive waters to explore. When you hopped from rock to rock there were always little creatures that you woke along the way. I found these creatures fascinating and fun and could spend hours in the swamp by myself, just listening to the quiet... yet not so quiet life in this magic kingdom that was mine.
Part of the fascination was also those creatures that lived under the water. I would scoop up a handful of water just to see what I could discover hiding amongst the plants growing between the rocks and moss. Do you remember Jack in the Pulpits? There were so many of them standing regally in 'my' swamp along with Japanese Lanterns and other 'exotic' plants.
If you took a milk carton and strapped some plastic wrap across the bottom then pushed it down into the water it gave you a whole new look underneath... you were privy to a hidden world of wonder. Did I mention I've always had a huge imagination? (And a lot of mosquito bites) :o)
It's on this note and these remembrances that I wanted to share a remarkable illustration done by Ernst Haeckel. He has done many botanical and sea life illustrations, all of which appear to be science fiction. The colors and composition are magical. It definitely takes me back to my days playing in the swamp... a perfect place for the imagination to run wild.
I hope you enjoy this print and if you need a larger/higher resolution just let me know and I'll arrange a download for you.