Susie--Digging In The Dirt-- mentioned in one of her comments that she wished to see my lizard. This was after I'd commented on her cute green one...I've never seen a green lizard in my backyard. Browns or greyish are the ones we have here. My bamboo 'grove' might be sparse but they're hosts to an amazing number of tiny creatures. It's fascinating to see how these li'l lives go about the serious business of living, all within or near the bamboo. I hope you'll like going through these pictures.
The other day I was taking photos of wasps when this lizard made its appearance. I'd never seen it before. It was busy basking in the warmth of the afternoon sun but when I got too near, it vanished beyond the wall! The 'busy' on the title of my post would be for these reasons only! Busy basking and then doing the disappearing act!! During the rainy season, the tropical jungle look gets a little too well-defined! Common garden lizards have a bright red/orange head and throat during the mating season. Due to this they're also called, mistakenly of course,'bloodsuckers'. The orange tinge can be seen here (this photo was taken in August). The bean vine makes a fine hammock for my bamboo-loving friend. This photo was taken a few days ago. I didn't realise I'd taken photos of a lizard shedding its skin. But when the photos were loaded into the computer, I was in for a surprise. Lizards are supposed to have puffy eyes just before the skin from the head starts to peel off. Unlike snakes, lizards shed their skin in bits and this makes them look rather ragged with strips of skin hanging loose before they fall off. They also rub themselves against things to get rid of peeling skin. Enough of the flashbulb, she decides! But I'm back there after a while. She's back too! Good girl!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau