Spring brings forth nature’s best shows. Around our house, that includes little bright green lizards called Carolina Anoles or Red-throated Anoles. Their toes have adhesive pads that help them climb just about any object or wall. They torment the dogs and cats by staying just out of reach. I photographed this Anole on the patio while he was trying to get some warmth from the early morning sun. He’s sitting on one of the lime trees.
Males are typically about fifteen percent larger and their throat fan (dewlap) is three times larger than female’s. The males have a red dewlap and the female’s is white. They are very territorial and will protect their turf. Some people have witnessed males fighting their own reflections in mired glass. He will fight other males to defend his territory. Upon sighting another male, he will extend his dewlap and bob his head repeatedly in an attempt to chase the rival away. I have actually seen two of these lizards go at it on the fence rail. Very comical to watch.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens set on 400 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/9, shutter speed at 1/200th of a second and the ISO set at 1600. I didn’t have time to calculate my depth of field but it’s obvious based on his tail that I needed just a little bit more. Perhaps f/14. This is a single image processed in Lightroom.
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