Once upon a time,
...I got a fast internet connection at home and discovered a net-news group about fractals. Specifically: news://alt.binaries.pictures.fractals.
I love visual images like these and it was like Alice falling down a hole into Wonderland. The adventure kept getting "curious-er and curious-er" as I stumbled across this group's online party, nearly as odd as the Mad Hatter's tea party.
Here was a group of people churning out amazing fractal images and posting them for each other (and the world) to see, a contest of one-upmanship of the nicest kind.
Before I knew it, I was drawn into exploring this strange world with a simple, free public domain program called Winfract (Fractint for Windows).
Here's a few thumbnail samples of my beginner's work (before I decided to reclaim my sanity):
If you like these, take a look at someone else's work that puts my feeble attempts to shame!
The Fractalus site has lots more, and any search of the web for fractals (Google.com is a great search engine) will turn up more than you ever imagined.