Don't Mess With Mother Nature
Because Mother Nature can be an absolute bitch when she messes back.
I thought I would take a little walk into these woods and get a picture because it looked "pretty". I walk in to get a shot, and it's not what I want. So I walk a little further. And further, and further. Before I realize it, I had gotten myself completely surrounded by lakes of mossy swamp water, clinging thorn vines that were literally anywhere from 4 to 7 feet high, tree stumps, and trees that had fallen over. It was more than vaguely reminiscent of the scene in "The Evil Dead" where the trees come to life and attack.
I was stuck in this thicket for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It took me that long to cover approximately 600 yards of territory. When I finally found my way out, it was dark, I had cuts on my hands and legs, I had spent time on my back (falling over tree limbs twice), and was completely covered in burrs. I promised Mother Nature if she let me out, I would not come back.
OK, I lied. I had to get a picture of the woods to go along with the story, so I went back in no more that 10 feet to take this picture. Next time I even THINK about going back in…nah, I won't even think about it.
This was a 30 second exposure at dusk, with the ray effect achieved in camera, not in post-processing.