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January 29th, 2008
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Dragon sighting
[Dragon-shaped cloud over a rock arch]

2nd place, 2007 National Natural Landmarks Photo Contest
Monument Rocks Natural Area, Kansas
Photo by Rob Graham of Great Bend, KS

Link has the wallpaper-sized original, along with all the other contest winners.

(Previously: The fire dragon)

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* This reminds me of a decades-old book I read in high school purporting to be a guide to modern dragonology; its conceit was that dragons had once existed on earth, but due to human encroachment had disappeared into the ecosystem. It had some marvelous photos of dragon-shaped sand dunes, clouds, etc., and classified them into species based on habitat. Anyone else ever heard of this?**
** EDITED TO ADD: Found (and kinda misremembered). "Dragons: A Modern Infestation."

Current Location: ~/spiral
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: "Teakbois," Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe
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From:tronpublic
Date:January 30th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
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That's some obscure Yes you're listening to.
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From:baxil
Date:January 30th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
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A little trivia, for bonus points: That was by a substantial margin my first Yes album. I didn't even know who the four people were until after I heard the Dead Milkmen song "Anderson, Walkman Buttholes and How!" and tried to dig up that cultural reference.
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From:heron61
Date:January 30th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
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The fire dragon doesn't look very draconic to me, but dear gods that cloud dragon is truly marvelous and impressive.
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From:baxil
Date:January 30th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
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The fire dragon's heavily anthropomorphic. But, yeah: this one's impressive.
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From:talakestreal
Date:January 30th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
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Makes me think of something...

Someone once said to me (can't remember who) that dragons never really left...but they exist beside our realm, and what we see when we see their shapes, is actually their shadows. That being said that what we see is like...an illusion, a mirage, something that appears in smoke or elements like clouds, rain, fire, etc, but isn't really there in our reality.We see what little part of them *can* manifest in our reality, in those elemental ways.

I know that sometimes, we see what we want to see, but dang if that does't look like a dragon, lol.
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From:baxil
Date:January 30th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
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Well, sometimes we're just seeing familiar shapes, because we're pattern-finding monkeys. ... And sometimes, the clouds are sending us a message.

If clouds can spell out legible English words, then maybe sometimes they can take other shapes meant to be seen, too.
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From:kadyg
Date:January 30th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
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That spot is like 50 miles from my hometown.

I miss Kansas. *sigh*

Roadtrip?
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From:baxil
Date:January 30th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
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Definitely someday. Let's not be broke first.
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From:frameacloud
Date:January 30th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
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Uh... oh, how weird. I was going to leap up and name the book, but then I re-read the description, and it wasn't the one I was going to say. That's a dragon book that I'm not even remotely familiar with. It sounds like such a high degree of awesome that it would be worth tracking down an out-of-print copy.

Try find_a_book and some other book-identifying communities...

Edited at 2008-01-30 08:39 am (UTC)
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From:baxil
Date:January 30th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the tip - I posted there.

I remember not being particularly impressed. However, I was at the time an arrogant high school kid with a bug up my butt about draconity and a lot of self-interest in having dragons be more than glorified forces of nature. It would be interesting reading the book again and seeing how it holds up with a more mature perspective as a reader.
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From:soreth
Date:January 30th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I *know* that book, I read it back in high school too. All I can remember, though, is that I got it from the University of Washington... and some meaningless cover design details.
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From:raptonx
Date:January 30th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
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Wow, that is cool.
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From:jolantru
Date:January 30th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
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Wow!
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From:baronlaw
Date:January 30th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Ooo I like that picture. Puts me in mind of a heraldry dragon.
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