So at the same time I am posting images of Luigi Serafini's imaginary world in his Codex Seraphinianus, Chicagoans are searching their city for the rare and beautiful and really surreal looking Thismia Americana -- otherwise know as "Fairy Lanterns." Such an odd flower -- small but dramatic in it's odd shape -- like something from the sea creatures of Ernst Hackel, or the rich botany of the Voynich Manuscript. (And try googling the very beautiful and strangely Balanophora, a parasitic plant.) If you click on the image, it will take you the source website for these remarkable photographs and more information on the plants.
And this illusive, almost, maybe, but not quite extinct Thismia Americana -- where every year there is a hunt to find the survivors in Chicago.