My first experiment with Apophysis... (yes this is the first time I took an effort to learn how to use it... was feeling left out after seeing al the cool fractals ppl make here)
"A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self."
Tools: Apophysis, Photoshop , 2 hours approx