TMOM01.22.12CHINAdragon

The Chinese New Year begins this week on January 23rd.  In Chinese astrology, each year of a 12-year cycle is represented by a different animal, and 2012 brings the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is the only mythical animal of the Chinese zodiac, and is a symbol of strength, power, and good luck. Thus, a dragon year is a popular year to have babies! This photo is of one of the dragons found on the Nine-Dragon Screen at the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, marking the entrance to the residence of the Empress during the Ming Dynasty. Here again, choosing to zoom in and photograph a detail, rather than the entire wall, makes for a stronger photo, telling a story of China in one shot. Photo by Kymri Wilt of Miraterra Images