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I'll Bet You Can't Find Me!!

I'll Bet You Can't Find Me!!
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-09
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-18 18:14
Viewed: 3503
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While visiting my daughter in Phoenix Arizona, I spotted this perfectly camouflaged Gecko clinging to a tree in her back yard.

I took this shot after dark when all the small lizards seem to come out of hiding from the intense daytime heat. I was actually only about five feet away from this little guy, but never knew he was there. I finally spotted his profile protruding out just a tiny bit from the bark, as I walked to the side of the tree.

Mediterranean Gecko
DESCRIPTION: A small (up to 60 mm or 2.4" from snout to vent) light yellow, pinkish-gray, or reddish-tan lizard with dark reddish-brown spots or crossbars on the body and tail. The scales are small and granular and the skin is soft and translucent. A faint, blue-gray tint is visible through the skin above each eye. The underside is white or pale cream and often covered with faint dark speckles. The upper surfaces are covered with small, pale tubercles distinguishing this lizard from the similar looking Western Banded Gecko. The toes are equipped with claws and wide pads that aid in climbing. The eyes are large relative to the head, there are no eyelids, and the pupils are vertically elliptical.

Info From: Lizards of Arizona

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Hi Ron.
This is an excellent camouflage and the colors harmonizes well with the bark of the tree. Well exposed details and the that pop. Great framing and well metered exposure and details.
Best regards,

Hi Ron,

Awesome post of this pretty and well-camouflaged Turkish Gecko which was transported by humans to USA and other parts of the world. Perfectly captured with nice composition and flawless details!
TFS and greetings from London MF!


Hi Ron!

At least you found it... and shared it with us. The effect of the camouflage is impressive and your picture reflects this animal's capacity at best. Your notes are interesting, too.

Kind regards


Hi Ron,

after more than 2 days an disturbiion my critique
Good seeing this, the eye from an nature lover.
Exellent pov and sharpness.
Well camouflegd lizard.
Fine colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-11-18 23:50]
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Hi Ron.
Excellent subject and nice presentation of a beautiful animal. I am impressed with similarity of colouration of the tree trunk and lizard. I like wonderful sharpness of the image and fine diagonal composition of the shot. My best regards and compliments.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-19 0:09]
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Hello Ron,
wow that little Gecko sure blends into it background I like the point of focus and the narrow DOF. It nicely picks it out the Gecko.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ron. Impressive example of camouflage in good detaisl and excellent light's management.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-19 10:53]
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Hello Ron,
Beautiful photo of this well camouflaged gecko. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Nice diagonal composition.
Have a good weekend,

Brilliant shot Ron! Impressive camouflage! How did you spot it? Wow! I am sure that if you take the shot without a flash the deep shadows will disappear and the lizards will be totally lost for our eyes! Bravo, Ron fine discovery and wonderful execution!
George Veltchev

Your right Ron, in the thumbnail is looks like a boring shot of tree bark.
Perfect example of camouflage, great eye :)
What a curious find, well done my friend!

Hi Ron

Well done, a nice capture showing just how well camouflaged this species can be on the right background.


Ciao Ron, great example of camouflage, lovely Gecko with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hellow Ron,
It sure is an amazing match up, even the different tones seem to fit perfectlWell seen from your side.

hello Ron

this is one of TN's greatest camouflage photo,
to put our eyes in difficulty Ron, you should
zoom less or take it a little bit from far
the lizard camouflaged being small on the image
it would take us several minutes to find him, TFS


Hello Ron! Amazing work, interesting information. Perfect shot. High Fidelity. Good quality. Splendid effect. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-23 2:14]
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Hello Ron,
very exciting shot that display a splendid camouflaging ability of the lizard. You have shown it very well and yet the details are seen in great view. The spikes on the skin are really special.
The texture of the tree bark enhance the composition too.
nicely presented with good eyeing skill.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-23 9:59]
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Hello Ron,
A fine portrait of this well-camouflaged Gecko. The name suggests a S. European species, which makes one wonder if it was introduced into the USA.
The POV shows it to good advantage with excellent colours and sharpness.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-11-23 11:56]
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Hello Ron,
How brilliant to spot this perfectly camouflaged Gecko - I expect you must have seen it move? A very fine capture showing great details and natural colours. Well framed too!
TFS nad best wishes, Ulla

Hi Ron
A wonderful example of perfect camouflage!


I am a new member and collect photos for newly set-up themes. Sorry, I have exhausted my points allocated for today.

please accept my compliments instead.


Great title. Almost a given title. One of the most hidden of such a size I have ever seen. Great composition Ron!

Fantastic image that shows criptic coloration and patterns demonstrating the ability to camoflage into the environment with hardly a trace. Well done. :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-07 18:35]
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Hello Ron,
Well Grandpa your eyesight is still great, lol. Beautiful gecko captured superbly showing us this superb documentation of camouflage in work. Thank you Ron.

See something... hey, all I see is bark. Neat shot Ron. It's amazing how they blend in.

Happy NY day.

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