These are gorgeous little creatures that I've always wanted to draw or paint. Due to their fragile nature in captivity, they are best seen in the wild (off the western and southern coast of Australia) or in public aquariums. I did see one at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California, and the Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium. I had to resort to a page from a National Geographic Magazine (I believe the photo was by Greg Rouse) to use as my photographic reference.
These little gems are related to seahorses. The sea dragon grows bony prongs from the spine, ribs and head that trail gauze-thin ribbons resembling seaweed. If they are not moving, they are totally camouflaged by the real seaweed. To move around, they beat transparent fins along their neck and back which gives them the look of drifting seaweed. They can grow to a foot long.
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!