Dragons have fascinated me for so many years and they still do. They come up in legends of old Europe, in the bible, in many different cultures, myths and religions and here in Asia, their representations are everywhere you look. In China the dragon (龙, lóng) is considered the embodiment of universal wisdom and is highly revered. All over Asia dragons are looked at as representatives of the primal forces of nature. So, I wonder if a creature is indeed mythological and fictional, then how does it come to appear in so many different ancient cultures at times when there was no contact between them and no swapping of fantastical sketches? In any case, they make for an incredibly intriguing research subject with a wealth of references from all over the world.
photo taken: steam near the dragon boat on the Huang Pu, Shanghai
24 replies on “Day Three Hundred Sixteen, December 4, 2011”
What a brilliant atmosphere this photo has!
Meant to comment on this before, but must not have entered it. You’ve gone back in time with this photo. Beautiful.
Thank you James! Yes, that was the intention
Astonishing shot Mimo, how they quietly glide into the shot, with only a puff of smoke announcing their arrival…
Thank you, yes, it was astonishing to see them with the steam, something so captivating about it. I was really drawn to black and white processing for this one, it was somehow calling for it.
I love this pic…
Thank you very much!
Great photo – is that steam from the dragon setting down on water, all hot? Or as you suggest, from its breathing?
Thanks, it was whatever you want it to be 🙂
very very good point, i have wondered this about the pacific cultures, very isolated cultures, yet many of their words are similiar . They also have dragons, in NZ it is called the taniwha. Have you read the book 1434 by gavin menzies. It is an incredibly interesting theory. And makes quite a bit of sense. c
I have not read the book, so I will definitely look it up, but I have seen dragons in the Maori art while in NZ. Fascinating!
The taniwha, you were there?in NZ.. wow.. we must talk about that one day!
Oh yes, I have been to heaven 🙂
Wow fantastic dragon, extraordinary photograph!!!
Thank you Mark!
Gorgeous again Mimo… so atmospheric..
Thank you Hellen!
Interesting observation on the theme of dragons appearing across non-overlapping cultures. My curiosity is piqued. Surely worth looking into.
As always, a lovely capture. The smoke lends a aura of mystique to the setting.
Thank you! They are definitely worth looking into 🙂
2012 is the year of the Dragon, which might be a reason they’re appearing everywhere!