Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Vignette: King of the World!

While dashing into the backyard in connection with garden chores this past weekend, I caught sight of something out the corner of my eye.  Quickly collecting my camera, I got a photo of this fellow:

A western fence lizard playing king of the world, owning everything he surveyed from his perch atop Graptosedum 'California Sunset' in a pot of assorted succulents


I slowly moved in closer for a better shot.

He sees me but all I get is a disdainful stare

He ignores me, after all I'm just the caretaker


Oops!  Too close for comfort.  The king beat a less than graceful retreat, of which I got a fuzzy photo.

It's a good shot of the Graptosedum, though


I offer this as my Wednesday Vignette.  The Wednesday Vignette meme is hosted by Anna of Flutter & Hum.  You can find other interesting images on Anna's site here.


All material © 2012-2016 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful shots, Kris! You always have such great critter portraits! His supreme demeanor reminds me of my cat. As in "I SO don't have time for you!" :)

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    1. I interpreted the look more along the lines of "If I ignore here maybe she'll go away"!

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  2. Nice little creature, and backdrop!

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    1. You wouldn't believe how many lizards there are here. I can't walk 2 feet without coming across one but this one did pose nicely - most just skitter away.

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  3. Beautiful pictures!
    Tulip bulbs do want hot and dry, but it might get too hot in your flower beds.
    Have a nice day
    Mariana

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    1. Unfortunately, the tulips need a touch of cold we can't give them (except by placing the bulbs in a refrigerator to mimic winter conditions) and the hot, dry winds tend to wither the buds.

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  4. Cute little critter. Love the color on your succulents. When seeing them looking that vibrant, I wish I had a sunnier garden!

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    1. There's no shortage of sun here, that's for sure.

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  5. Happy to find your blog, today.The lizard suits the colorful succulents! Thank you for sharing:)

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  6. He looks very similar but not quite the same as the lizards that are prolific in my garden.

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    1. The lizards vary a bit in color here. As they get older they turn a darker brown, although I suppose they shed their skin periodically during their lives. I know they can regrow their tails as I've seen a few mid-way through the process.

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  7. Doesn' t he look splendid posing on your succulents just waiting for a photo opportunity? What amazing wildlife you have.

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    1. I think I noticed him precisely because he looked so proud of himself.

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  8. That succulent bowl is so colorful! I would love to be king (or queen) of that!

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    1. The purple succulent (which I always forget the name of but which I think is a Senecio) started out a fairly uniform green but acquired its lovely purple color with increased sun exposure.

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  9. Your succulents are such incredible colors! That's one patient lizard, I hardly get a glimpse before they disappear under the nearest rock or shrub.

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    1. Most of the lizards do scoot as soon as I approach but maybe he thought he was camouflaged by the succulents, or that if he didn't move I wouldn't notice him.

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