This design came about after I had recently seen a catalog of blackwork that included a beautiful butterfly design. I sighed and expressed the opinion that I wished I could do a blackwork dragon. It's not easy to do traditional blackwork in cross-stitch and so I didn't think I would ever come up with something l liked until my friend and creative consultant (Beth) said I should do an ash dragon. After some more thought and doodling, this design is what emerged.
For those of you who don't live in an area where fires are a natural part of the ecosystem, this quote may give you the feeling of post-Armageddon or something similarly foreboding. But, I've actually experienced this feeling after we've burned a bit of prairie and all the workers have left and the world just seems to be waiting for the new grass to begin to grow so life can continue. In fact, without fire, the prairies where I live would rapidly become a tangled mass of scrubby red cedar trees where few other plants and animals can survive instead of a grassland rich in diversity. So, the feeling I get when I read this (and when I made it up) is one more of renewal than destruction.