lignum (genitive lignī); nsecond declension

  1. Firewood.
  2. (Latin): wood tissue.

dracō (genitive dracōnis); mthird declension

  1. (Latin): A dragon; a kind of serpent.
  2. The astronomical constellation Draco.


THE DRAGON:  The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.

 Dragon Symbol

THE WOOD DRAGON (Birth Year 1904 or 1964) :  Wood has a modifying influence and brings creativity to this sign. Questioning and liberal, Wood Dragons enjoy talking about original ideas and are open to other points of view. They are innovative, imaginative practical and appreciate art in each of its forms. Generally less pretentious than other Dragons, Wood Dragons have an ability to get along with other people. They have the essentials to build a prosperous and happy life for themselves. Still, Wood Dragons are outspoken and at times a bit pushy to quell everyone, even in the most friendly quarrel.


So by now, you will have realised that I was born in 1904 or 1964. I’ll leave you to guess which. This is my blog for my random writings, photography and things that interest me. Perhaps some of this will interest you as well. Thanks for looking.

206 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for stopping by on my Picture This Art blog! I am a literary lady at heart and the picture blog is an additional blog, my bit of fun and interest in photography and art. It has been a real pleasure looking through your beautiful pictures on here, you really do have some serious talent, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you post up next!
    Suzy 😀

  2. Thanks for following me. I have just started to follow you as well. I’ve just realized one thing: there is still a LOOOONG way for me to go! Thank God for the internet – a possible way to get in touch with more people, apprecitate their work and learn from it!

    • You say on your blog, “I am a photo enthusiast. With no formal training and lots of books I try to get away with it.” Well, that’s me too!!!

      Thanks for visiting and keep up your good work.

  3. Thank you for the follow. I have taken a stroll around your enigmatic photos and – I’m grateful you found me so that I could find you! “Perhaps some of this will interest you as well.” It does. And a person who owns more than one Hasselblad has my total attention.

    This will be an exciting journey.

    • Many thanks for the visit and comment. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my photos.

      I don’t shoot film as much as I could or should, but it is always a special feeling clicking my Hasselblads. I feel like I’m a part of their history in a way.

  4. Great images and love the about me section. My girlfriend is also a wood dragon and I a fire tiger lol. Your documentation of Sydney is superb! If you are in Google + I started a community for australian streettogs. More than welcome to join 🙂 “AuStreetphotography”. I thought it be great to archive Australia through the everyday.
    Oh and the M9 must be a beast on the streets !

    • That’s very kind of you to say so. I post my photos, and it is a bonus when others like them.

      I also enjoy seeing your photos and stories, from the other side of the world.

  5. I have nominated you for an Awesomeness award. The badge can be found on my post dated 4/20/13.

    I realize these awards take time to respond to so do not feel you have to comply with the requirements of this award. Just wanted to know how I feel about your blog!

    1. List your top ten favorite blogs and notify them.

    2. List 10 things we do not know about yourself.

    • Well that’s awesome! 🙂

      Truly, thank you for the nomination, but I generally prefer not to accept awards.

      More importantly, its great to know I have new friends such as you. When I first started, I wasn’t sure how my photos would be received, but I am certainly encouraged to continue (even though it does get a bit time consuming). And please keep up the good work at your end. I haven’t been to Massachusetts for a few years now, but certainly enjoyed my time there, and viewing your photos reminds me of that.

  6. Hello Lignumdraco, Thank you for following my photography blog. I hope you are inspired. I love your work and have enjoyed looking at your images. Will look forward to following you. Sydney is one of my favorite cities.

  7. Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog, I appreciate it a lot. Your photos are very inspiring, I am looking forward to seeing more 🙂

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    • Thank you very much. I appreciate that. Your lifestyle and portrait photography is quite wonderful and you really bring out the beauty and best in your subjects. It’s a pleasure to see. I need to make the time to view the rest of your images, and particularly your travel photography.

    • Hi. It was my pleasure, as I always enjoy a nice photo. Many thanks for visiting and I hope to “see” you again. I’m always interested in new food ideas – we all have to eat. Cheers.

  11. to remain in him says:

    You are a great photographer and nice person, Lignum. Thank you so much for your visits and comments. I am about to enjoy your photos in the future even after closing my blog. Wish you all the best. Geda

  12. Alexandra says:

    I’m Fire Dragon… 1976…:))))
    It’s such a shame I am reading the About You section only now… despicable me:)))
    I’m beginning to suspect we share more than a common interest in photography…I was so impressed you followed the Oscar nominations:))))) plus, I’m still listening to Pharell’s Happy, it’s such a great start of my Sunday…
    to recap, it’s such a pleasure to be following your blog… and not only for the great photography…

    • So you’re Ignis Draco. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Likewise it is a great pleasure following your blog and photography. I enjoy our chats. I’m sure we share common traits and interests. After all we dragons have to stick together.

      By the way as you like the song (as I do), look at his 24 hour video clip . Basically over a 24 hour period people were filmed dancing to his song (4 minutes each). The top of each hour features Pharell. You can jump around to watch those you like. There are a few celebrities in them, but it’s mostly average people. Some are so enthusiastic and good. See you soon.

  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your likes! I really enjoyed your terrific photos with well-chosen lyrics on your blog, and look forward to seeing more of your creativity 🙂

    • Hi, I’m just using the basic Ryu theme and its options. No paid customisations. The display size is only dependent on the image size you upload. In this recent post , you will see a mix of portrait and landscape orientations. I post landscape at 1200 pixels long side, and I post portrait at 1000 pixels long side. File size at this quality is usually around 500kB.

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for the note. I scan through the photography tags in the reader every now and then and see things of interest. I do more street than landscape but I like a general mix. A single style wears thin after a while.
      I like your OM1. In retrospect, I wish I’d bought one years ago. But I was happy with my Konica T4. Nice to meet you.

      • How’s your Konica T4? I get in love with film again and that’s why I get myself a medium format film camera~ the colour and the feel are very different from digital~

        • I understand what you mean about the feel, both in terms of the camera itself and the output.

          The T4 still works except for the meter – a decent replacement for the old mercury batteries is difficult to find. So Sunny 16 or handheld meter is necessary.

  14. YorkshireRascal says:

    Excellent blog I’ve enjoyed learning from you 🙂 I enjoyed reading your profile on the year of the dragon too. Sadly I missed out on the year of the dragon so had to settle for the monkey 🙂

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    • Thank you very much. As you know, I don’t accept awards but I do feel honoured and I must return the favour. In appreciation, I have included a link to you on my awards nominations page.

  16. I enjoy your photos and writing a lot! I am amazed at how great they look and can’t help hoping that you would tell us how you took those photos ;-).
    Thanks for letting us see your photos.

  17. Don’t know why I haven’t been to your fabulous blog before (smacks head)! My loss, as your photos are absolutely stunning! Long-overdue follower now on board.

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  20. P.S. I really admire this theme, and I wish I have chosen it instead of my delight one 😀 I checked it out and it also seems free. Is that true? Do you have custom design?

  21. I am a Dragon too I know that from years! 🙂 It actually truly reflect me. I am a Artist Designer and I like to take photos I am not good as you but I am very creative! Lol

  22. urbanshutterbuguk says:

    Hi, thank you so much for visiting my blog ‘Urban Shutterbug’ & liking some of my recent posts, it’s greatly appreciated! Loving your site, your street photography’s stunning, love the clarity of your photos.

    I look forward to following with keen interest!

    Thanks again, Urban Shutterbug!

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  24. Cezane says:

    I love the concept to your blog, so unique and beautiful. Looking forward to reading more of your posts Buddy. – Cezane 🙂

  25. Interesting. You know anything about snakes? 🙂

    And speaking of dragons, you must have heard about/seen Dracaena draco, the Canary Islands dragon tree or ‘El Drago Milenario’. Pretty amazing. To think I went to Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, just to see a tree. It was worthwhile, of course. Quite a sight.

    • Can’t say I know much about snakes. 🙂

      I hadn’t heard of that tree. Had to google it. Sounds very interesting, but perhaps a bit too far for me to make a special visit. 😉

  26. You have a beautiful photo’s of Trinidad. I love some of it in particular. I’m brazilan and i write poem. I’ll ask you if I can use some of your photography of Trinidad in my blog to ilustrate one of my poems. Thanks very much

  27. Your way of thinking and seeing the world,has intrigued me to follow you. Loved the way you made us think of who you are, an intelligent person with a eye for detail and beauty and like riddles.

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