The Blue Dragon River

The Blue Dragon River


The “Blue Dragon River” was nicknamed thus after it was photographed from above by Steve Richards.


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Little is known of the history of this awe-striking river. The people that leave near its shores never considered it to be uncommon until photographer Steve Richards, saw it from above and revealed its fantastic form in a photograph.

The mythological shape of the Odeleite, located in the Caestro Marim municipality in Portugal, has astounded both the Portuguese and Web users since Richards published this image on Flickr. Its outline is exactly like a blue Chinese dragon. A long, scaly, meandering blue dragon.

For the record, it is a photograph, of a real place, that I took on our flight from Cardiff to Faro. The blue color is from the water reflecting the sky and the white flecks are of course the clouds. The striking colors are thanks to running the original picture through Topaz Adjust 4.

In Chinese mythology, the dragon is the symbol of yang, and the phoenix is ying. It is undoubtedly fascinating to see how the archetypes of the world are represented on Earth, and how they can be absolutely anywhere, waiting for someone to discover them.


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