Posts Tagged ‘lizard

08
Dec
18

spiny critter…

in the California desert…

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12
Apr
16

Spiny lizard in a desert wetland…

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07
Apr
16

Desert Iquana…

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09
Apr
15

my friend, the lizard…

I am not sure if the lizard was cooperative, inquisitive or thinking about leaping in my face. I had spotted the lizard, about a foot long, scurrying up a rock face along a trail. I took some distance shots, about ten feet away, but I wanted to try for a close up with a new, little Olympus Tough camera (TG-860..purchased as a waterproof, submersible, backup camera). It just happens to take nice macro shots.

Being increasingly challenged in climbing and coordination, I found myself seven or eight feet up a rock wall trying to get near the lizard. The lizard scurried ever higher, as did I. Eventually, I realized I was not going to get that closeup and I was much too high up for this vertically challenged ‘senior’ (did I just really type that?!). I turned to look down and knew the descent, short for a 10 year old/problematic for a someone older, was going to be a sliding, gritty, abrasive affair.

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Just as I turned to consider my route back down from the evasive lizard…the lizard slowing inched down to within inches of my hands. Hmm? Really? I balanced, teetering and positioned the camera within a few inches of the lizard’s head! I took one shot and away scurried the lizard. My descent, although bumpy, was less stressful.

12
May
14

Tree Taking ‘Foothold’ In a Crack

photography-SwittersB-tree-crack rock-The rock was about five feet high. A crack at the top of the rock had afforded a rooting place for this stout  tree that so perfectly blended, in color and texture, with the color/texture of the large rock. The sustaining moisture, for life, would only come from very intermittent rainfall. Yet the tree seemed to thrive putting forth a dense canopy of leaves. Below, the Banded Rock Lizard was equally camo’d with the color of the rock. Until the lizard moved, I didn’t even see it a few feet away. I imagine much of that was my lack of familiarity with my surroundings.

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18
Feb
14

Photography: Basking Lizard & The Sun

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“Once, a long, long time ago, the sun dis­ap­peared from the sky. Every­thing was dark for many days. All the ani­mals went to search for the sun in the rivers and lakes, through the fields and forests, but the sun was nowhere to be found. Lit­tle by lit­tle all the ani­mals gave up, except for the faith­ful lizard.”

“Finally one day she found a strange glow­ing rock and dis­cov­ered the sun fast asleep. But no one could per­suade the sun to wake up. Then the emperor orga­nized a great feast, with the finest dancers and musi­cians, so the sun would wake up and never fall asleep again. Since that day, all lizards love to lie in the sun, to remem­ber the day when one of their own brought light and warmth back to the world.” (Children’s Literature: The Lizard and the Sun, Alma Flor Ada)




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