Tail of the Dragon

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Tail of the Dragon
Tail of the Dragon – © Copyright 2012 by William Beem

Tail of the Dragon [pinit]

If you came here because you searched on “Tail of the Dragon” looking for information about Deal’s Gap, you’re in the wrong place. For those of you who don’t know about Deal’s Gap, it’s a wonderfully twisty road that motorcyclists enjoy. I’ve ridden it before and you need a lot of patience to get through it.  That’s because it has 318 curves in 11 miles. Basically, you’re twisting your bike from left to right through the whole trip. It’s wonderful fun if you don’t wreck. There’s a tree of shame filled with broken motorcycle parts of folks who tried to take the Dragon faster than they could handle. In fact, my first impression upon arriving at Deal’s Gap was to see a guy agonizing over the scrape he put on his new BMW. However, this post isn’t about that place at all.

Instead, it’s quite literally about the tail of the dragon I found between the Palazzo & Venetian resorts in Las Vegas during the Year of the Dragon. At least, that’s the title I gave the photo. If you look closely in the center, you can see the tail of the dragon resting in the pool. I suppose that makes sense. From what little research I’ve done, this is the year of the Water Dragon. Now I never knew there were different types of dragons, but that’s the joy of photography. Sometimes you just see something that looks cool and then you have to go find out what the hell it is.

What really attracted me were the red & yellow lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The problem is that nobody really wants to know about the Year of the Paper Lantern. It’s just not an exciting topic. Now a dragon, that’s different. Even if it’s just the tail of the dragon. People can get excited about the ass-end of a mythical, fire-breathing critter. So forgive me if I took some confusing license in naming my photo. I just liked the way it looked.

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