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Anole at home

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Anole's Head 3573

After returning home from the productive Stonelake Blvd. and Riata Trace Pond photo outings on the afternoon of March 11th, I walked toward the side gate in my yard to put the garbage and recycling containers away. As I got close to the wooden fence, I saw on it an anole lizard, Anolis carolinensis, down low and partly hidden by a plant. My camera was still in the car, so I walked into the garage to get it, hoping the lizard would stay put till I got back. Not only did it, but it let me get pretty close. The light wasn’t as obliging as the anole, though, so I ended up taking pictures at f/2.8, a wider aperture than I would normally use (in fact the widest one my macro lens has), and that’s the story behind this impressiony portrait.

A couple of years ago I showed a very different photograph of an anole, and one of the most commented-on pictures ever to appear here, which you’re welcome to look (back) at. If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 19, and especially 20 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s portrait.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 31, 2014 at 8:01 AM

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  1. Great perspective


    March 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

  2. Superlike!! I love the blue around their eyes. They’re like mini-dinos. My fav reptilian, if you can’t tell by my Gravatar.


    March 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    • I looked closely at your Gravatar when you commented on the other anole picture two years ago, but I’d forgotten the details since then, so it’s good to be reminded. I don’t know if I’ve ever watched an anole eating anything, but let’s hope the chance comes my way someday as it already has for you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

  3. I really like both photos, but I’m especially glad you linked to the prior one, which I had not seen. Great shots. We lived among a lot of these interesting creatures during our time in Florida. Our cat was particularly fond of them.


    March 31, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    • Many fewer people saw the early posts than see the current ones, so that’s why I linked to the first anole picture. I’m sorry to hear about the anoles in Florida that became cat food (if I’m reading your last sentence correctly).

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2014 at 8:21 PM

  4. so glad he stayed.
    love the colours.


    March 31, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    • Plenty of other critters have gotten away from me, but I was fortunate with this one. I keep putting myself out there on there on the assumption that some percent of things will work out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 31, 2014 at 8:51 PM

  5. I held an anole once. It was bright green though 🙂


    April 1, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    • The Wikpedia article on the Carolina anole, which is the species shown here, says: “It is also sometimes referred to as the American chameleon due to its ability to change color from several brown hues to bright green. While many kinds of lizards are capable of changing color, anoles are closely related to iguanas and are not true chameleons.”

      I more often see the bright green ones, but that may be precisely because of their vividness. I’ve never held one of any color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

  6. This is such a great portrait. He appears pensive, but he’s really quite handsome. I’ve never noticed the color around the eyes — but of course, none of mine allow me to get that close. I had to laugh when our anoles and other lizards started appearing this spring. I’d say about half were missing portions of their tails. Perhaps they were part of the younger generation, learning some hard life lessons.


    April 2, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    • As far as I can remember, this is as close to an anole as I’ve ever gotten. Oh the pictures I’d have if only all wild animals let me get that close. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tailless anole, but you seem to have plenty in your area. Maybe there’s a particularly fierce predator in the vicinity (although if all it got was pieces of tails, it needs to improve its aim).

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

  7. Lovely colors. I would like to have that ability to change color.

    Mad Queen Linda

    April 2, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    • Wouldn’t it be fun if we could all change colors? Up to a point, that’s what clothing lets us do.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

  8. Such a sweet, beautiful portrait!!


    April 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

  9. Both images are gorgeous, of course, but I really like this one. It is interesting to see what happens when conditions aren’t ideal, isn’t it?
    Sadly, we don’t have lizards here, but I did find a frog in the pond that has formed in my backyard! I am delighted.


    June 27, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    • Although I have no hard evidence, I’ve noticed an apparent preference among many blog readers (and not just mine) for soft-focus photographs. I don’t know if you generally lean that way, or if there’s just something about this image that you like. Either way, I’m glad you do.

      Happy frog to you. I’m sorry to hear you don’t also have some lizards near you. I see them from time to time here, but most kinds are skittish and hard to get close enough to for pictures. Anoles seem to let me get pretty near before they take off.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

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