Eye of a dragon

Close-up of a male green anole (Anolis carolinensis) as he peeks at me from within dense foliage (20080817_11010)

A male green anole (Anolis carolinensis) pushed to reveal himself by my approach gives his impersonation of a stone as he watches me closely.  It took me some time to find him even though I’d seen the foliage move and knew precisely where to look.  Brilliant masters of camouflage and renowned stoicism even amongst reptiles, this species of lizard never fails to intrigue and entertain me.

I can’t help but make note of the stunning brown eye cast against a backdrop of blue eyeshadow, both set upon a controlled canvas of emerald and white.  He turned mottled with green and brown and black shortly after I took this photo, a confluence of colors more suited to the reeds and brush and shadows surrounding the marsh where I found him.

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