13 June 2011

A dragon

A report on a photographic investigation by Keith Martin-Smith of weedy sea dragons sent me back to Gould's wonderful illustration from 1832

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Richard Flanagan's novel Gould's Book of Fish (2001) begins with the narrator staring in endless fascination at (if I remember correctly) a leafy sea dragon --  an idea borrowed, perhaps, from Cortazar's short story Axolotl (1953).

1 comment:

the dancing alchemist said...

I just discovered your blog through a search for zoological/bestiary illustrators, and liked this picture so much I reposted on my blog.
I'll keep dropping in to see what else you write about!