It All Depends On How You Look At Things
I really like this photograph that I took yesterday morning in the Tucson Mountains of a male Clark’s Spiny Lizard hanging upside down from an Ocotillo branch. I like the lizard’s brilliant colors and the way that they harmonize with the more muted — but pretty — colors of the Ocotillo and I also like the way that the lizard and the branch contrast with the soft and blurred background. Additionally, I like the lizard’s bright eye. He was plainly giving me his entire attention when I took his picture.
But, what I like most of all about the picture is the lizard’s unique posture. He was originally sitting on top of the branch, but as I approached it in order to take his picture, he moved around to the bottom, as if to hide from me. It stayed in that position for a couple of minutes before eventually climbing down from the Ocotillo and disappearing into the undergrowth.
My first reaction when I saw this picture was to flip it 180 degrees and show the lizard as if he was sitting on top of the branch. But, the more I looked at the image, the more I liked it just the way it is, so you’re seeing this lizard exactly as I saw him. The image certainly presents a unique perspective.
Photo made with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, M setting, ISO 100, f13 @ 1/160.