In the Belly of the Dragon

© Susan Jane Allen

In the Belly of the Dragon

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 24, 2015

Wowwww...a fave for me for sure. Love your "description" too! #1604770

Natasha Pliss level-deluxe January 24, 2015

Spectacular play of color and light, Susan! What a gorgeous abstract! #11231074

Susan Jane Allen level-classic January 25, 2015

Thanks--so glad to hear you like it because I always wonder if others see it as I do, being rather abstract. I have another from that night I've never shown to anyone--might put that up too one of these days. #11231556

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07/24/07, Amonohashidate, Japan. One of my favorites. At a Buddhist Festival that was, hands down, the most powerful performance I have ever seen. Staged on a flatboat in the channel, huge, golden dragons, supported by tall poles carried by dancers, writhed and raged across the revolving bridge--an amazing spectacle against the backdrop of the night sky. The music was alternately haunting, poignant and intensely dramatic. The wise Monju-Bosatsu (feminine manifestation of Buddha), was called from China to tame the ferocious dragons. A thousand torches were kindled to light the way--and here, the entire Amonohashidate channel was illuminated by hundreds of torches. When she mounted the flatboat stage, the dragons stormed down to meet her and then commenced a dramatic struggle in which the dragons were tamed by faith. These are dragon dancers beneath the dragon in a swirl of colour and light.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 16/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL

Uploaded on January 24, 2015
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