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Anole Mood Ring

So, people often accuse reptiles of being unexpressive, emotionless animals, but I think that’s pretty unfair. For example, I found a beautiful, adult male green anole basking outside my apartment, and being a terrible, cruel person, decided to capture him and bring him indoors for a photoshoot. He was not happy.

Anole: Stressed
Anole: Stressed

I felt pretty bad, so I gave him a nice perch, put a heat lamp next to the white box, and left him alone for about fifteen minutes until he could calm down.

Anole: Calm
Anole: Calm

Then the cat walked by.

Anole: Threat Display
Anole: Threat Display

Call me crazy, but I don’t think that he has any trouble expressing his emotions.


Photo Details

Stressed
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/18, 1/125 sec
Diffuse flash in whitebox
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Calm
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/16, 1/160 sec
Diffuse flash in whitebox
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Threat Display
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens on a Canon T1i Rebel
ISO 100 at f/18, 1/160 sec
Diffuse flash in whitebox
Image editing in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Fauna

Today, I went to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. If you are ever in or around Fort Worth, this is a place you should go. It is full of plants, and almost all of the gardens there are free (except for the Japanese Garden, where you have to pay $4.50 to get in, and the amazing indoor conservatory, which will cost you a dollar, and is totally worth it). It’s also a great place for bug watching, since the flowers draw a lot of interesting pollinators, and they have a lot of diverse, arthropod friendly habitat. It’s also apparently not a bad place for city herping, since I heard some calling cricket frogs and spotted two green anoles and a blotched water snake while wandering through the gardens. (They’ve also got red-eared sliders everywhere, but turtles are not exciting herpetofauna, so I wasn’t that excited to see them.)

All in all, it was a pretty great day.

Bridge in the Japanese Garden
Bridge in the Japanese Garden

I could not take a landscape photo to save my life. Fortunately for all of us, that’s not why you’re here. (I hope.)

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