Rainbows—We have a lot of summer rains here in Florida and get frequent rainbows, often in full arc and some even double. I can’t help but marvel at them and wonder what magical beings I might find at the end of a rainbow.
Rippled sand created by tidal flow—I could be convinced that water fairies, called sprites, were hard at work forming those patterns.
Large, old trees or gnarly, weather-beaten trees—What history those trees could tell if I could just unlock their language! Big trees always look like good homes for magical beings, in their wide trunks or sturdy limbs.
Conch shells—Their spiraled shapes amaze me. It seems magical how those sea dwellers know to form those complex shaped shells. Since I have a degree in Biology, I can explain the process in terms of science, but I think that knowledge just leaves me even more awestruck.
Clouds—Incoming storm clouds take shapes from my imagination. I’m often inspired by them.
What features in nature make you think of fantasy settings?