Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Adventures: Dragons and spiders

I'm alive! I've been busy having fun.

Two weeks ago I road tripped with my buddies to Ottawa to see La Machine, a sort of interactive moving mechanical bit of madness and badassness.

A giant spider roamed through the market.

Look at the size of that big yellow beast!

People were so distracted by the giant spider that some didn't even notice the dragon lurking up the side street.

The giant FIRE-BREATHING dragon!

People waited and mulled around for hours to get a glimpse of these fellows. By dumb luck we ran right into them. We were so close it's fortunate we didn't get eaten.

This guy was incredible. In addition to breathing fire and smoke, his eyes opened and closed, those flappy things (which Im sure there's a name for but will be called flappy things for the time being) flapped, his mouth opened. It was an overwhelming experience.

Here's a pretty good idea at the size of that roaming fellow.

The beasts were also followed by musicians on cranes that played live music to accompany the performance.

They continued their roaming into night! But we counted ourselves lucky to have had such a close encounter during their daytime walkabout and decided to drink instead ;)

More from my holiday adventures tomorrow.

Until then, watch out for dragons!


  1. Oh my! Exciting (and inspiring, I hope)

  2. Most folks live their whole lives and never get to see a dragon. You my friend, are very lucky. Also, I think those flappy things are called "frills".

  3. wow. That's pretty astounding work. I've seen a couple amazing enormous articulated sculptures at Burning Man - but nothing this extravagant. How lucky you were to see them up close and personal!

    Oh - and those flappy things are frills!

  4. Whoa! Those are immense and a-ma-zing!!! The spiders remind me of Louise Bourgeois' sculptures which I have always loved and the Dragon. . . well it's like GOT came to life right on the street! They really should have dressed someone like Daenarys to sit up there and work the flappy things. :)

  5. WOW! How cool to have seen these!!
    That dragon is right outta GOT!!!heehee DRACARTIS!

  6. Amazing! It would have been wonderful to see in real life!