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Western Fence Lizard

Western Fence Lizard
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-11 8:39
Viewed: 4332
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Julie and I found this Lizard on our hike in the Tom McCall Nature Preserve. He was just sitting near this rock, I didn't even spot him at first, Julie did. We got out our cameras and took photos, getting closer and closer, I was finally able to get within just a few inches of him, but I like this photo of him standing up, looking like a dinosaur. Julie has a nice close up of him.

Western Fence Lizard, (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Often seen in the East end of the Columbia River Gorge. Commonly called the blue-belly because it is often seen displaying the blue belly to attract females or drive off male intruders. It bobs its head and flattens its sides, showing off the blue patches.

Description: 6-9 1/4" (15.2-23.5 cm). Spiny; scales on back of thigh abruptly smaller. Scales on back same size as those on sides and belly. Olive, brownish, or black, with pattern of paired blotches or wavy crossbars down back and occasionally some striping. Undersurfaces of legs yellowish-orange. Blue patches on sides of belly; adult male has blue patch on throat.

From this site more information:
Western Fence Lizards may reduce the incidence of Lyme Disease in their range! It has recently been discovered that when infected ticks feed on the blood of these lizards, the Lyme disease spirochetes they carry are destroyed. In areas with Western Fence Lizards, about 5 percent of ticks carry the disease, while in other areas 50 percent of ticks harbor the disease.
óReported by the NY Times News Service, April 19, 1998.

Photo: Cropped, Levels, Resized, Sharpened.

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Ho ho, I know this guy !.. Wouldn't it be the super-star lizzard ? ;-)
Another angle, interesting too, giving a different scale. Good DOF also, nice to see the environment in which it was found.
Thank you, Lori.

Lori, I think the composition and POV are fantastic, really gives a nice impression of the lizard's environment. Good note. Well done.

Hi Lori,
I really like that pose. Nice color and detail. He would blend into that backround well. You must have got close. Your angle and composition makes him appear bigger than he is.

Very nice composition Lori.. I like the pose of the subject. The colours are really good and the sharpness as well. Bravo!

hello:) really nice lizard:) and nice photo :) I like colours here:)
well done:)


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-12 15:01]

Hi Lori,
You have a nicely taking lizard photo.I like the background and lizard's details.Nice pov.TFS

Looks like a rather large lizard. Beautiful picture!

I take way too little reptile photos. I just love the critters. This one looks huge.

Composition/placement: ***
Exposure: ***
Focus/sharpness: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Impact: ***

Overall: ****

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