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A beignners guide to Dragons. Gongora histrionica

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    Default A beignners guide to Dragons. Gongora histrionica

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    A beginners guide to dragons – see the lettered pic.
    A is of course the head – with that fearsome beak where the flames come out .
    C are the wings – quite scaly – not like a bird’s wings.
    D is the long tail used to counterbalance the beast when it launches itself forward. – when you see that- dodge – very quickly .
    It looks almost like a pouncing bird of prey – some hawk or eagle , here, with claws outstretched – but of course birds developed from lizards, and the dragon is king of all lizards.
    For those of more prosaic turn of mind, A is the terminal point of the column, forming a sort of dunce cap shaped anther cap and where you would expect the dragons mouth to be, on the underside the pollinia are accessible . C and D are the three sepals ( what a boring word – sepals ! ) B is the sticky surface where the pollen is to land – can’t think of the right word for that, at present. I suppose all those tendrils are to “throw” the bee, as it homes in, make it swerve to avoid the goalposts, as it were, so as to deliver the pollen from another flower into the right place. What an amazing thing these flowers are !
    I amused myself with all the nonsense abiove, and also surprised myself in dissecting the flower, since my sight is deteriorating daily – I am five weeks into the necessary 12 week space between the two operations, first to repair the retinal damage, then to replace the lens – which should restore my sight to better than before. Can’t wait ! since it is having a very inhibiting effect on all my life , even worse than it might have been since my wife is now hardly capable of walking and can’t drive – she is booked into hospital for an operation ( hip joint replacement) in 3 weeks time. The problems of old age…but at least we can console each other.

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    I see nothing wrong with your sight, Geoff, you got a bunch of dragon's in your house! Hope you have lots of fire extinguishers and fire retarded clothing. If you want someone to babysit em I'm available while you go get your sight back. Just don't go into the hospital talking about the dragons or else they may want to keep you longer than necessary. I have an UFO epi starting to spike for you to id when you get back. to both you and you wife, hope the recoveries are smooth and uneventful.

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    wow I really loved your dragon story and your poetic descriptions of the flower. It is amasing what nature is able to do. I sincerely wish you and your wife good luck (luck of the dragon).

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    Beautiful dragon, Geoff! haha.. Hope all goes well with the surgeries.

    cheers,
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    Beautiful dragons !! I wish you and your wife good luck with your surgeries and a speedy recovery.

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    I also wish you both the very best with your recoveries. Having been with my mother after her hip replacement, I know it will be a lot of work for your wife to recover. I'm sure, though, that if she has been able to keep up with you all these years, that she's got the energy to do so!

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    Love this flower!! And here's to a speedy recovery!

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    Beautiful dragon, Geoff. Very auspicious during this Dragon year -

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    cant wait to hear how much better you and your wife are feeling and doing in the coming months... all the best... and indeed, lucky dragons there to bring you good fortune!!

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    Love the Gongora histrionica flowers and the Dragon story. Thank you for sharing.
    If it is any consolation you are not alone in battling the ailments of the "Golden Years".
    I wish you and your wife success with your surgeries, and a complete and speedy recovery.

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