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Iammyaza In His Lair
This is one of 195 illustrations contained in the first book of the adventure/fantasy series titled "The Vine Of Hours". I am the author/illustrator. Iammyaza has been drawn down further into the roots of his mountain and finds that it's floor is the cap of an active volcanoe. The lava flows up and out from many places and runs along the craggy ground in narrow streams. The dragon looks about and recognizes that this entire vast chamber was actually at one time an enormous lava channel. "What a cool lair." Iammyaza thinks to himself. He sits down in a nearby bubbling sulphurous pond and immediately finds every ach and pain that come in contact with the caustic liquid feels soothed. "Aaaahhh" He sighs leaning over to dip his sore wing tip in. He looks down into the hissing liquid and sees strange, very ugly armored fish constantly jumping up out of the pool snapping at bugs. He straightens and looks up, seeing that the air above him is filled with tens of thousands of different insect species darting about. Enormous groups of them are swarming all over, from just above him right into the upper reaches of the enormous chamber. They fill the air with their bodies and make the entire chamber hum with their high pitched calls and flutterings. He looks directly above him and sees that the air is thick with enormous blue dragonflies. In his deep scratchy voice he says out loud, "Hmmm. I wonder how they taste?" He arches his back and begins following the flights of the closest dragonflies. He quickly mimicks their flight with his snout again and again, silently stalking them in place, studying the tempo and beat of their movements. His entire upper torso sways langorously back and forth like a cobra dancing to a snakecharmer's syrupy melody. Suddenly his head shoots up. His jaws snap open and closed faster than the eye can see. He has one! "Yup!" He thinks to himself chewing slowly as he samples the new taste, " Not bad."
July 27th, 2011
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