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He’s So Shy   6 comments

He's So Shy


With apologies to The Pointer Sisters.

“When I first saw him standin’ there
I wanted to speak but did not dare
Something inside whispered to me
You’d better move in carefully.

By the end of the summer, we get to know our Carolina Anoles pretty well. There are those that like to hang out on the string beans; those who frequent the vines covering our garden gate; or in this case, our guardian of the back deck. This one can often be seen scouting for delicious bugs, and is the same one featured in my previous image, “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues.”

This night, after a(notherdamn) rainfall, our buddy was seen slinking his way across wet blades of lemongrass. He had been looking right at the camera, and at the last second… well, he’s shy.


Sony NEX-7 with 55-210 lens, f/8, 180s, ISO 1600. Initial toning using Photoshop CC’s “Color Lookup” filter. Further mods with Nik Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro

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I Gotta Right to Sing the Greens   7 comments

I Gotta Right to Sing the Greens


During the dog days of summer here in the South, backyard critters will still find a way to keep cool, and to be cool.

This Carolina Anole seemed to be singing his heart out toward the end of a long day of catching bugs. We noticed him through the glass doors leading to the back deck, so I grabbed the new Sony NEX 7 with the an 18-55 lens and got right up against the glass.


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Stud Muffin   8 comments

Stud Muffin


I’ve found that Carolina anoles make great subjects for photography. They’re unusual and useful animals, they tend to stay still long enough to get the shot, and when seen closely, their antics are charming.

This little guy climbed up seven feet onto the top of one of the birdboxes in the meadow, and from there put on a courtship display. To whom, I have no idea. He’d get up on his toes, pump up and down a couple of times, then take a deep breath and puff out his call sign. I can only trust it works for him.

After first checking to make sure he wasn’t smuggling our strawberries, I moved in for a series of interesting close-up shots. After I had moved away, we began to wonder where he’d go from there. Almost as soon as we had the thought, we saw him BASE jump off the birdbox into the tall clover below. We never knew he could do that.

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Luke, I’m Your Fava   8 comments

Luke, I'm Your Fava


A Carolina Anole climbs a bamboo support pole, only to discover the truth.

The fava beans that we planted are really taking off and we should be able to harvest some of them before too long. Favas are extensively cultivated throughout the world, and yet here in the U.S., we rarely ever see them in stores or on the table. They are also excellent nitrogen fixers, taking up inert atmospheric nitrogen and converting it to a form suitable for both plants and microorganisms.

Surely I’m not the only one who hears “fava beans” and can’t help but think of a creepy scene from Silence of the Lambs.

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That Wathn’t Vewwy Funny   10 comments

That Wathn't Vewy Funny....

Shortly after I threw down the challenge seen in “I Double Dog Dare You!”, the Carolina Anole yanked his tongue off the tomato cage and stormed off, but not without casting a rather cold-blooded look over his shoulder.

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I Double Dog Dare You!   12 comments

I Double Dog Dare You!


So, I was watching a very young Carolina Anole climbing one of our tomato cages. He seemed a bit unsure of his new perch, holding on tight and slowly inching along. Unlike the anole featured in Garden Guardian, this one was much smaller, obviously younger, and clearly quite impressionable.

In a scene reminiscent of the one in “A Christmas Story”:

“Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb!”

“That’s ’cause you know it’ll stick!”

“You’re full of it!”

“Oh yeah?”


“Well I double-DOG-dare ya!”


Note: The anole is fine –- the pole wasn’t very cold. But still, he had to follow through on the dare lest he lose the respect of his garden playmates.

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Posted March 12, 2012 by Rob Hanson Photography in animals

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Garden Guardian   13 comments

Garden Guardian


As I was clearing some brush and small limbs to make way for a hugelkultur, I noticed one of our guardians sunning himself in the morning sun.

This is a Carolina Anole, and despite appearances, he’s only about 5″ long. We love having the anoles around, as I’ve seen them scampering around with bad bugs — big bugs — in their mouths. Now, if we could just expand the diet to include slugs, we might get some Napa cabbage this year.

Knowing that true rest is hard to find, I couldn’t disturb him, so these branches never made it to the section I was digging that day. Nature is best left undisturbed.

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