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Copyright: Iris Hues (iris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-27
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon SX100 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-08 11:41
Viewed: 4741
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
Just thought of saying hello to you today after a long time….

This shot was taken at our Kerala backyard in April while I was down there attending to my ailing mother-in-law who passed away in July. This is also the first reptile photo in my gallery.

The early morning sun threw a beautiful golden light at the back of this beautiful friend of mine. As we played hide and seek around the mango tree, the sunlight peaked a bit and fell right at the tail end of the lizard creating a bright glow. The leafy stem is that of a sapling of Curry leaf (Murraya koenigii).

The colours of this reptile-Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor)- is often observed and discussed with much interest. And I found some information here to share with you.

The coloration is variable, sometimes uniform brownish or greyish-olive or yellowish. Generally broad brown bands across the back, interrupted by a yellowish lateral band. Black streaks radiate from the eye, and some of them are continued over the throat, running obliquely backwards, belly frequently with greyish longitudinal stripes, one along the median line being the most distinct; young and half-grown specimens have a dark, black-edged band across the inter-orbital region. The ground-colour is generally a light brownish olive, but the lizard can change it to bright red, to black, and to a mixture of both. This change is sometimes confined to the head, at other times diffused over the whole body and tail.

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Calotes

Thanks for stopping by!:)

Silpa :)
Sources: From C. A. L. Guenther (1864) The Reptiles of British India. In www.wikipdia.com

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Hello Silpa,

This must have been quite tricky shot to take with the mixture of light and shade over the lizard.
The details of the textures of its patterned skin and those of the log, are very well captured.
The dof, producing a fine bokeh, is well judged.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Silpa,
nice to see a new picture from you; a fantastic picture of the Oriental Garden Lizard taken from an excellent POV with superb lighting, outstanding sharpness and marvellous warm colour tones, a very pleasing composition with a great posture of this beautiful lizard
Best regards

hello Silpa

its been very very long time, welcome back to TN,
an excellent and very beautiful photo of this lizard
with his gracious pose, fine POV, DOF and the way
it is framed on the image with the leaves in-front,
beautiful warm luminosity and colour tones, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-08 17:32]

Hello Silpa!

It's so nice to see a post from you - I've missed you. So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. This is a beautiful lizard and the lighting is just fantastic. I love the position of the raised head - he looks very interested in those leaves. The face, eye and skin are magnificent. I love the setting and composition.


hello Silpa
your composition is very good, a impressive close up presentation with splendid details and natural colours,great photo

Hello you too, Silpha!

a nice way to be greeted by this Oriental garden lizard. Your shot is just perfect in all aspects, the light is particularly pleasing. Thanks for the detailed note too.

Best regards

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-21 9:54]

Hi Silpa,
Very nice capture of this lovely reptile.I liked lighting,clarity,details,sharpness and 3D effect a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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