THE GUARDIAN

Not all theme attractions are successful here in Florida. Right down the road from me was this large attraction dedicated to China. It closed down years ago. The stone walls surrounding it are now covered with vines and right by the entrance gate is this stone dragon. He too has been beaten by the elements. Old and worn. and now home to lizards and vines himself. Yet, he stands guard. Ever watching. Warding off evil perhaps.
Very cool POV Cromwell. Like the shadows - gives it a very mystical feel to it
posted May 8th, 2012  
Fabulous shot
posted May 8th, 2012  
Good catch. Love the play of light.
posted May 8th, 2012  
Great find! So Chinese ;) Like the light and shadows!
posted May 8th, 2012  
Interesting - not everything is touched by the magic of Disney.
posted May 8th, 2012  
Love the way you captured this stone dragon and its shadows. The effects of the elements gives this dragon a character. Great shot and story Cromwell! :D
posted May 8th, 2012  
Great textures and shadows! Really like your processing sepia tones.
posted May 8th, 2012  
Lyn
Agree with all of the above - very haunting. . .
posted May 8th, 2012  
Never made it to splendid China. Most didn't which is why it closed, I guess. Great capture and story!
posted May 8th, 2012  
Very nice lightening, love it.
posted May 8th, 2012  
@amandalomonaco -- I know. I live 5 minutes from it and never thought to check it out. I'd like to hop the fence and explore and shoot, but don't want to get arrested for tresspassing.
posted May 8th, 2012  
I like this a lot.
posted May 8th, 2012  
Cool capture here Cromwell! : ]
posted May 8th, 2012  
I like the lighting and POV! Great shot!
posted May 8th, 2012  
Very cool capture, Cromwell! Excellent narrative, too! I like the light and shadows on the dragon. The tones are lovely and show the neglect. Perhaps, it does ward off evil! Ya never know. =)
posted May 8th, 2012  
Cool capture. Like the shadows and the processing is perfect. Enjoyed the narrative.
posted May 8th, 2012  
Looks like he's needing a good home. You should see if you can get a leash on him! ;-)
posted May 8th, 2012  
Great shot, love the shadows
posted May 8th, 2012  
He may be old & worn but I think it just adds character and beauty! You have a good eye for spotting interesting photos most wouldn't even notice!
posted May 8th, 2012  
This is so cool! I love the shadows!! Dragons are just awesome :D
posted May 8th, 2012  
He's probably guarding his treasure. Maybe you should try to find it?
posted May 8th, 2012  
Those shadows make the drama really come alive! Nice one!
posted May 8th, 2012  
Interesting shot!
posted May 8th, 2012  
What a great shot! It looks very mysterious!
posted May 8th, 2012  
There must be some great photo ops' there then! You live in a fascinating place Cromwell! ; )
posted May 8th, 2012  
China photo
posted May 8th, 2012  
Interesting photo. Seems odd compared with all of the happy "Mouse-world" shots.
posted May 9th, 2012  
he (or she?) is a very cool dragon... i quite like it! :)
posted May 9th, 2012  
Beautiful. Love the lighting. Would love to see a shot of the building.
posted May 9th, 2012  
@edie -- Thanks Edie. This was a plaque on a wall that surrounded the property. The building were all on the other side and from what I could make of them, in great disrepair. I thinking of chancing it and hop over the wall and shoot some stuff. I know they have security guards on the outside by the gate. Not sure if there's any on the other side of the wall though. I'm thinking of chancing it.
posted May 9th, 2012  
@cromwell Wow. You are a braver man than I although I can understand the desire. Can the security do anything beyond throwing you out?
posted May 9th, 2012  
Great shot and an interesting story too!
posted May 9th, 2012  
Nicely photographed!
posted May 9th, 2012  
@edie -- I don't know. Can I coun't on you to bail me out? :-p
posted May 9th, 2012  
I'm on it.
posted May 9th, 2012  
Do it, do it! Hop the fence!
posted May 10th, 2012  
oh no, what a shame....to China!! Glad you brought this matter to light, hope somebody saves that dragon!
posted May 11th, 2012  
great shadows and story, lovely result
posted May 13th, 2012  
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