Perspectives on Nature Photography
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On April 15th I walked past a pecan tree at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin and noticed a broken branch. Then I saw more.
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Guess; then click to make your visit.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
May 6, 2016 at 5:03 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with animal, Austin, camouflage, lizard, nature, reptile, Texas, tree
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A critter with a penchant for pecans.
May 6, 2016 at 5:09 AM
Described by a blogger with a penchant for alliteration.
May 6, 2016 at 6:34 AM
A blogger who has a penchant for pecans herself but who hopefully doesn’t look like this creature, which, although beautiful in its own way, is not quite the way she wants to be.
May 6, 2016 at 6:58 AM
Unless there’s been an extraordinary change over the past year, I can attest to the non-lizardy appearance of the penchant possessor.
Too bad visitors to New Zealand can’t bring in pecans.
May 6, 2016 at 7:07 AM
It’s a Texas alligator lizard
May 6, 2016 at 6:04 AM
That was my first guess, but when I compared my picture to photos of the Texas spiny lizard there seemed to be a better match.
May 6, 2016 at 6:32 AM
Given that it was April 15, it could have been a shape-shifted IRS agent: taking on a reptilian form that mimicked the agency’s reputation for lurking about, waiting to nab an easy target. Or, it might have been the very rare Lizardus prufrockus. But, this is a blog about natives, so how about the spiny lizard? They’re the only Texas species I know that climbs trees.
May 6, 2016 at 6:28 AM
While you were writing your comment I was answering the previous one. There I said that pictures of the Texas spiny lizard seemed to me a better match than those of the alligator lizard.
I hadn’t made the connection to the IRS, which moved the due date this year to the 18th of April—surely not because of a famous ride.
I’m glad to see you caught the allusion to T.S. Eliot. The similarity was no illusion.
May 6, 2016 at 6:44 AM
It looks like a horned lizard. What a great image of camouflage in action.
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May 6, 2016 at 6:30 AM
Good camouflage indeed. I’m glad I was able to spot the lizard—which pictures online suggest to me is a Texas spiny lizard.
May 6, 2016 at 6:51 AM
I did not spot it till I saw the eyes.
May 6, 2016 at 6:54 AM
The windows to the soul—if a lizard has a soul.
May 6, 2016 at 7:02 AM
A well-camouflaged lizard! I wish we got the spiny lizard here. You might like my post today…has another scaly critter in it. Enjoy this weather, Steve!
May 6, 2016 at 7:43 AM
Yes, it’s atypically cool here this morning, still only 62° now.
Happy scaly-critter coincidence.
May 6, 2016 at 7:54 AM
Such good camouflage. Gotta be Lizard Man. http://bit.ly/21E7OWD
May 6, 2016 at 9:27 AM
If I’d seen that at McKinney Falls State Park I’d have photographed it too.
May 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM
Absolutely, great photo! Thanks!
May 6, 2016 at 9:59 AM
We used to call them horny toads when I was a kid. We saw them often back then (60’s and 70’s), but I haven’t seen one in years. I read somewhere they have become scarce due to pesticides and fertilizers.
May 6, 2016 at 1:50 PM
I’ve see the “horny toad” only in captivity, never in the wild. As you say, they’ve become much rarer now due to pesticides, fertilizer, loss of habitat. What I think was on the tree at McKinney Falls, however, seems to be a Texas spiny lizard. Compare these pictures and see what you think.
May 6, 2016 at 4:45 PM
Great spot!! I see similar looking rock agamas (stellagama) in Greece but we just call them Dragons 😀
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May 6, 2016 at 4:05 PM
Somehow I don’t think anyone will call this little fellow a dragon, even if a close-up makes him look a bit fierce.
May 6, 2016 at 4:47 PM
I would!!!! Look, dragon!!! I shout that in the car at Simon when he’s driving along dirt tracks in Greece 😀 I also have all my family calling them dragons too now after they were out there with us for our wedding last year. We know some of their favourite haunts so we arranged several dragon hunts 😀 The kids loved it but they’re often so loud that the dragons run for the closest crevice!
May 6, 2016 at 6:46 PM
So you’ve dragooned everyone into calling the lizards dragons. Good for you for the aggrandizement.
May 6, 2016 at 9:20 PM
If only it made them a little bolder so that they’d not retreat so quickly amongst the boulders!!
May 7, 2016 at 5:43 PM
I know what you mean. Just yesterday a lizard scampered away before I had a chance even to try for a picture.
May 7, 2016 at 11:20 PM
They’re absolutely blighters for it!!! Snakes too. You have to employ super sneaky skills to catch them out 😉
May 9, 2016 at 10:39 AM
But just yesterday I watched a nature show about Colorado, and it showed a colorful lizard that the narrator said holds its ground rather than scampering off. Maybe if I visit Colorado again I’ll find one of those lizards to photograph.
May 9, 2016 at 12:04 PM
Ok, we’re meeting up in Colorado when I can afford it then!!!!
May 9, 2016 at 6:31 PM
That’s a worthy goal.
May 9, 2016 at 10:17 PM
I think so 😀
May 10, 2016 at 5:26 PM
I couldn’t tell from the smaller version at all. Probably because of my display resolution (2560×1440) that makes everything smaller on the web. It is some great camouflage for sure. After clicking I recognized it as a lizard, but had no idea the species. It must be a blast having these around. Nothing like it around here.
May 6, 2016 at 4:06 PM
We have various kinds of lizards around here, and it’s not unusual for me to see one or several when I’m out in an open, rocky area. That was the case this afternoon when I noticed an interesting lizard with green on the front part of its body; unfortunately it took shelter before I could try for a picture. The lizard in this post seems to me to be a Texas spiny lizard, Sceloporus olivaceus.
I checked my Apple Cinema Display and found it has the same 2560 x 1440 resolution you mentioned.
May 6, 2016 at 4:54 PM
And here you are with my favorite Prufrock quote. I guessed wrong before making my visit. Quite the camouflage!
July 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM
Ah, I didn’t know that’s your favorite Prufrock quote. Glad I used it (even if in modified form).
July 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Next time you come by PD, look at the epigraph under the title.
July 2, 2016 at 8:09 PM
I must have seen that there many times, and now it makes sense that that passage would be your favorite.
July 2, 2016 at 8:59 PM
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