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This illuminated dragon – reflected in the water beneath it – is part of a water sculpture at the Bishan temples in Singapore. It is poetically described, in the signs around it, as the “Dragon Pond”.

The image was shot freehand, without a tripod.

The temple complex is officially known as the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and is situated on Sin Ming Avenue, opposite the beautiful park that extends from Bishan to Ang Mo Kio.

I shot this image as part of a series this evening (May 12, 2014), as hundreds of pilgrims flocked to the temples to celebrate Vesak Day, or the day of Buddha’s birth and enlightenment.

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  • Annmarie *
    Annmarie *10 months ago

  • Many thanks for letting me know, Anna.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie110 months ago

    This is awesome, David

  • Thanks you, Shulie. It was an interesting challenge and I had to be extremely patient.

    – David McMahon

  • kenspics
    kenspics10 months ago

    OUTSTANDING photography David!!!

  • Very kind of you to say so, Ken. The leaf shapes on the dragon’s “skin” were very intricate and really posed a special challenge, more so as I do not use a tripod.

    – David McMahon

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    May 12, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Great news, Teresa – thank you for selecting this image. I am very grateful.

    – David McMahon

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castro10 months ago

    Great photo

  • Many thanks, Heloisa.

    – David McMahon

  • LindaR
    LindaR10 months ago

    what an experience you’ve wrapped up inside your frame ~ the colors and sense of being there so well expressed xx

  • Many thanks for that generous comment, Linda. Very kind of you.

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianic10 months ago

    Fantastic visual,, love the vivid colors!

  • Great to hear from you, Linda – you would have enjoyed a visit to this monastery too.

    – David McMahon

  • Tammera
    Tammera10 months ago

  • Wow, two in one day! Thank you very much, Tammera. I am very honoured.

    – David McMahon

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByG10 months ago

  • Graeme, thank you! Great to hear from you and even better to know that this shot has been featured in one of your terrific groups! Thank you…

    – David McMahon

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hart9 months ago

    Ah what a beauty David

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