Carolina Anoles readily change from bright green to various shades of brown, supposedly going brown in moist or cool conditions. This one stood out in brown as he perched on a fading Elephant Ear leaf after a rain.
I was busy watching for dragonflies when a bigger movement in a stand of cattails caught my eye.
He flashed his dewlap, looking for a mate or protecting his terrratory.
Another capture from the backyard with the 180mm prime lens, a Carolina Anole perched on a weather worn thermometer.
With my interest in dragonflies and following Mike Powell’s blog (MichaelQPowell.com/) Ted was sure I needed the Tamron 180mm macro lens.
Who was I to argue? He found a used one for sale and it arrived today.
One of my first subjects was a very young Anole on our patio.
This is my first non-image stabilized lens and it will require some practice.
A Carolina Anole sunning on a palm frond is another sure sign of spring.
With more time spent at home this summer Carolina Anoles have continued to entertain me on our patio.
This is the first year I’ve tried Caladium. It’s holding up to the heat and makes a great perch for the Anoles as they search for bugs.
The colors of the lizard and the leaves were incredibly vivid; here’s a B&W version.
I passed by a number of creatures moving about in the greenery on a recent walk. First a Carolina Anole balancing on a frond.
Then a grasshopper checking out a dried cattail reed.
And a Tree Frog, just hanging on.
There were a few young Green Anoles exploring the plants on our patio this morning.
They are about an inch (25mm) long when they hatch, and these were about double that.
Anole juveniles are immediately mobile, with food and self protection their primary needs. Anoles eat a variety of insects and I’ve read they will attempt to eat anything smaller than their own head.
I was hoping to see this Carolina Anole catch a bug, but nothing came his way while I was watching.
I was able to get images from a couple of angles and he just hung there, even his tail stayed still.
Lastly, a broader view of where the anole was perched, about 5 feet ( 1 1/2 Meters) off the ground. He was still there when I moved on down the trail.
Click on any image for a larger view.
Twisted twigs from an old vine and a small drape of Spanish Moss made a fanciful scene for a passing Carolina Anole. He showed off his red dewlap as he marched up the branch.