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.

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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.

One response to “It All Depends On How You Look At Things”

  1. Liesl Kii says :

    And I like the way their little feet cling to the branch!

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