January 23, 2012
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Green forest dragon in Indonesian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Or "Gung Hay Fat Choy" phonetically).
Today marks the start of Chinese New Year, which this year is represented by the dragon, one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac.
In acknowledgement of The Year of the Dragon (technically the the Black Water Dragon, a mythical beast believed to bring good luck in Chinese culture), here are a few pictures of real-life "dragons" we've taken in recent years. Most of these animals live in Asia.
Komodo dragon in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Green-crested tree dragon in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Red grasshawk dragonfly in Central Kalimantan. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Sea dragon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler
Green water dragon in Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler