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Old Apr 11, 2011, 9:56 PM   #1
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Default My woodland friend

Or is it my friend that looks like wood? Anyway, it's a lizard that hangs out in a tree in my backyard.
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 11:05 PM   #2
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Fantastic camouflage and nice sharp photo. Aren't they just amazing how they adapt to their environment.
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Cool shot !!!!!

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Or is it my friend that looks like wood? Anyway, it's a lizard that hangs out in a tree in my backyard.

GES,

Eye spot on and in the exactly right position. You immediately meet the eaye and then there is the rest to explore. Brilliant. Remarkable way to make life easier. Took some hundreds of thousand years

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It's amazing how it blends into the tree. I would like to see the whole lizard though. Nice shot.
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 1:08 PM   #6
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banksy: Thanks! You're right about camouflage and adaptation. I jump when I come around the tree and I'm not expecting him, especially since he hangs out right about eye level.

jj: Thanks!

Torgny: Thanks for the comments! You're right too, I was trying to do some post processing to make him pop out a little more, but what ever I did (although my skill set is *extremely* limited) did the exact same to the tree. Then I thought, you know, that's kind of the point isn't it?

I'm in Austin, here's a link that lists some of the various lizards that are around here:
http://www.austinreptileservice.net/lizards.html
I think this is a Texas spiny lizard ("...but because of their camouflage coloring, they can still be difficult to spot." ). I've also seen green anoles and Mediterranean geckos.

donp: Thanks! Yeah, I was trying to do a bunch here, trying to get close, but not spook him, then I noticed the big red cooler I had on porch in the background, so I had to move some more, then the boy walks by with the mower, so I had to wait for him to go by. It's always something, isn't it?
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With the camouflage of this lizard, it's a good thing you managed to see him. Would like to see the full body of the lizard though, including the tail. Other than that, this is a nice capture.
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