I guess the picture of a dense forest is the one most people would choose to showcase “dense“. It was the first thing that came to my mind. I find it always fascinating how tree next to tree can make you feel comfortable on one side but also intrigued on the other side.
When I was a child we heard stories of people getting lost in the woods and I never understood it really. Growing up in the mountains for me one thing was clear: If you feel lost in the forest, you simply walk downhill and you will eventually hit one of the hiking tracks and then find back home. I learned over the years that not all forests in this world are well maintained and lead to hiking tracks or ski slopes but are actually so huge and dense that you can get lost in them. Thankfully I never had to make that experience so far.
When you find yourself in one of those dense parts of the forest, realizing that a lot of light is absorbed by the trees around you and happy to have a path in front of you to walk on you often wonder what is out there. Hiding. Watching. All those animals that are happy for the dense forest in which they can hide and be safe.
And when you then walk around the next corner the forest might open up in front of you and present you with a beautiful and also magical place.