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Western Fence Lizzard


Western Fence Lizzard
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Copyright: Julie Wyatt (j_wyatt) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 40 N: 211] (1235)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot G2
Exposure: f/4, 1/501 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-11 0:01
Viewed: 4391
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

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Hello Julie!
Wonderful capture.Sharpness,colors,details,POV and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Julie, I like your photo and I thought I might be able to spruce it up a little so I did a workshop on it. Please let me know what you think of it. I've been to Rowena. There's some nice country around there. Across the Columbia along the Klickitat is a good area to photograph butterflies. I live in Vancouver and spend a lot of time in the Gifford Pinchot Nat. Forest and sometimes I get up around Mt. Hood too. Maybe we'll meet over a lizard someday. :)

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