Un Poco Más!

As anybody who has been in South Texas for more than thirty days says, Un pequito mas, and holds up a finger and the thumb to make the sign of a tiny bit more.   Thus, the title of this post.  I couldn’t resist sharing my encounter with you.   This time, Mr. Anole was jumping from one stem to another so I knew right away that he was alive … for sure.   There was a steady breeze with fairly strong gusts, but he rode two limbs like a tightrope walker in a storm.   Cool as a cucumber, that Mr. Anole.

He looked directly at me and waited for me to fetch Little Lumix.  The blossoms put him in a fine mood, no doubt.  If I weren’t so deaf, I bet I could have heard him singing as he was swinging back and forth!

I was excited to see Mr. Anole again.  And, I was grinning from ear to ear when I realized that I actually captured a photograph of him.

All is well in the Garden.

Hasta mañana!

74 Comments on “Un Poco Más!

    • I am on your blog now. Looking at your photograph of what looks like a trumpet-like flower. It’s SPECTACULAR! It looks like the beautiful Victorian botanical representations done by the ladies in their parlors as they studied. Truly impressive work. Your drawings fascinate me too.

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  1. You capture Mr. Anole beautifully, b-but…um, see, reptiles just creep me out. Waaaah! I know he’s one of nature’s innocent beasts but still…I think those eyes and that lopsided grin got something evil planned!

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  2. Great shots of Mr. Anole, George.
    I used to hate this animals when I was a little kid, I was so afraid of them but ot anymore, I love every single detail of their scales, it’s so fascinating.
    Great pictures, Hasta mañana! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Pablo. I was delighted that he waited for me to photograph him. They usually scurry off.
      Hasta Manana! 🙂 Are you out of class now?

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    • Thanks, Pablo. I thought I replied to this… Duh, I guess I’m getting senile! The little lizards scared me when they jumped out of the flowers when we first moved here, but I got used to them. They will jump right onto you in their hurry to escape. They are harmless.

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    • I don’t know how it happened, but my reply to you was meant for another blog! Of course, I didn’t say how wonderful my own post is! 🙂 Oh dear!
      Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment. I appreciate both!

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    • Thank you, Charlene. I know I replied to this, but WP had been screwy for the last two days! Hope the move is finished and you are napping in a hammock under the biggest tree on the farm! 🙂

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  3. What I don’t understand is how, with all of the different disabilities that you say that you have (and I’m beginning to have doubts about those) you manage to take such wonderful photos. These are brilliant, George.

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    • Thanks, Marilyn. I set my camera on high resolution and do a lot of cropping to get down to the image I want. I take lots of photos that are out of focus, but I get lucky sometimes and get a few in focus. I use a vibration reduction lens on the Nikon and the Lumix had vibration reduction built into the camera to control a good amount of camera shake. So far, I manage, on a good day. I got lucky with the lizard. I can no longer manage macro shots because the range of focus on the lens ring is too narrow for a shaky hand. You can’t imagine how thrilled I am when I get lucky and snap a photo that is in focus. I snap an unbelievable number that are not.
      I am grateful for the ones I can get and even more grateful that people like you enjoy them!
      Thanks again, Lady D! 🙂

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  4. George first of all HUgs to the lady in the pic..love her
    Mr. Anole may be admist flowers but gave me creeps..something tells me we wont be friends..may be past life may be something to do with my reputation of ant killer…one never knows what kind of information reaches them..
    Beautiful Shots
    Loving your new gravatar 🙂

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    • Thanks, Soma! The Anoles are harmless little things. They used to scare me to death when they jumped out of the foliage when I was working in the garden. I got used to them and now I like them. You can’t see the prehistoric looking detail in real life. They just look like nice little green creatures. I can understand having an aversion to them though. Glad you like the Gravatar. It’s friendlier looking anyway. 🙂
      Hugs from the lady in the picture! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Tots. If you see a middle-aged Asian looking dude hanging around in the compound, that would be Victor Ho. He recently took a job as head of neurosurgery in a hospital in KSA and lives in a compound somewhere. Sounds just like the one you’ve got yourself confined to. I asked if he were sure it isn’t a prison compound! You two are likely to get yourselves in some kind of custody, for sure! 🙂 Victor is the photographer of Photobackstory. He’s down the page here somewhere. Behave yourself. Isn’t it just typical of Americans to think that two people they know who are in the same country are really in the same place! Ha Ha. Victor is rambling around in a four-BR apartment that he shares with some gekos. On arrival, there were not towels. He was air-drying…inside, I hope. Read his account at Photobackstory. He’s a sweet man. You’ll like him if you don’t already know him. 🙂

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      • Thanks for Victor’s info. I’ll definitely have to check him out. I met someone in neurosurgery when I met the ambassador but he wasn’t Asian. Interesting that you know two people crazy enough to come here. I have one villa mate. Glad it’s not more than one. I told my manager I had to find another villa mate or I would end up punching the sh* * outta the one I was living with.

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        • I couldn’t believe I knew two morons who would sign up for such a tour of duty in a desert halfway around the globe either. Victor is chief of neurosurgery at IMC. That place is like a palace. Marble everywhere and beautiful architecture. The blog where he posts about KSA is called ImagedEvent. He could use some help getting his bearings since he just got there a week ago or something. You guys get together. Who knows, you might need to hike out of there. 🙂

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          • HA! You’re hilarious. Seems like most of the folk where I am aren’t Americans. Victor and I must be special that way. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Lori. I noticed that you have been my faithful visitor at The Fuzzy Foto, and I appreciate it! I have no idea what I’m doing, but I like having somewhere to drop off my shaky photos. The hilarious thing is that people liked my shakiest one…the doctored-up photo of the fruit on the Loquat tree. “Art” is definitely in the eye of the beholder! Ha Ha. Your beautiful face is bound to draw all kinds of flies in search of honey to the Foto blog! Perhaps I will copy your Gravatar, post it, and claim it as my own! 😉 I love it. I’ll be back over to visit the guest from The View soon! 🙂

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    • He’s one cool character. You have a Lizzie? My introduction to the Anoles came when I moved to Texas in 1976. They scared the crap out of me at first before I found out that they are harmless and nice enough to eat mosquitoes! Thanks for the visit and the comment too. You are kind to do it. 🙂

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    • SKE, I miss you. I have lost my way to your house. The trumpet vine is photogenic. Mr. Anole was patient. I am shaky, but little lumix held on so I got a few photos. I was unbelievably lucky to catch Mr. Anole doing his thing! Glad you liked my “kinder and gentler” Gravatar. I finally looked at that thing and thought to switch it so people wouldn’t realize, at first glance, how crazy I am! Thanks, SKE!! 🙂

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    • Well, Star, thank you so much! It was nice of you to stop to comment. I love the trumpet vine and bore my regular followers to death with photographs of it, I’m afraid. That and the palms! Thanks for the visit. I will come over to see you too. I will expect high tea, you know…

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      • Ah, high tea shall await you when you visit my blog, where I love to bore my readers with shots of my neighborhood lake. And palm fans.

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        • I’m here. I see a thick vine that reminds me of my Trumpet vine! WOW! Gorgeous photographs. I love the triptych on this page! How perfectly matched. At first glance, I thought it was one photograph!

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      • Thank you, Myra! I held my breath while I did my old St. Vitus number with the camera! But, I got him … by some Photo God … or other! I have a troublesome tremor in my right hand that’s downright inconvenient. That’s why I titled my other blog, “The Fuzzy Foto”! Once, I snapped a photo and pressed the button to look at it on the little camera. I got a message in the display saying, “Unable to read from video file!” I guess the dang thing thought I was trying to video something! Lord, how I laughed about that! Thanks for liking Mr. Anole.

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  5. The pictures are breathtaking…..You are becoming quite the professional my friend,. I love the lizards….all of them. I am loving my birds and squirrels too and would love to get some good squirrel pictures, and have captured a few but those little creatures are so fast and have such good ears that a decent close shot is beyond my clumsy fat ass. Enjoyed as usual.

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    • Sue, your camera will capture those squirrels in mid-air! You need to set a fast shutter speed or choose the action option or sports or whatever. Increase the aperture and shutter speeds if you aren’t in bright light. Your camera is not set correctly. If it were, you’d be getting flying squirrels all day long and birds stop-action shots too. Get that thing adjusted just for the capture Sue’s babies in action mode. And leave it along and shoot in the same light every time so you get the same result. I’m too shaky to much so I have to compensate!
      I’m glad you like my Anole! Thanks!

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    • He’s just like the ones you pulled the tails off as a kid. I mean, caught them by the tails and they came off. The little green ones. He was cute swinging on two vines at once. Of course, you know you can’t see the detail on them with the naked eye. I’m always amazed at what we can’t see that our cameras can see!

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  6. Oh dear George, the last photograph is so beautiful and so lovely… The colours fascinating….But I can’t say that I can love Mr.Anole…. You know they make me afraid… But in your photographs I fall in love… The power of a photographer… 🙂 Thank you, with my love, nia

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    • These little guys don’t bit, Nia. They eat mosquitoes and look really green and pretty when they are in the shade. I’m happy that you like my photos, Nia! Thank you so much! 🙂

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    • They usually are, Jonel, but this guy just waited for me. I thought he’d be gone by the time I got my old, shaky self out there! I’ve been trying to capture one so I was delighted that he decided to play on my favorite vine! 🙂 Thanks for liking the photos. I always appreciate your loyalty in coming around for every post!

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  7. What a cute story! I love those little guys and miss having them in our yard here. We did have one, who seemed to have come home with us in some plants but I haven’t seen him recently.

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    • Geico gekos? They’re just too cute! Yes, they eat mosquitoes. These Anoles get in the house sometimes too, but I try to capture them in a towel and release them outside so they don’t die. I would pay to have them live here. 🙂 I hope gekos are the only critters who live in that house! 😉

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  8. George, that shot is one to stand out. The flowers or the lizard would have been great, but to catch them both together in a colorful composition is quite a coup!

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    • I stalked Mr. Anole since he fooled me by playing dead a long time ago! I held up the Little Lumix and snapped. He was gracious enough to wait for me. Thank you, Naomi! If you approve, I’ve hit a home run! 🙂 Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

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    • Bless you, NoNo. I appreciate the kind words. I love the trumpet blossoms and I’ve been stalking Mr. Anole Lizard for a long time! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Boomie Girl. I got him at last! 🙂 I held up Little Lumix and pressed the button. Couldn’t see a dang thing, but I held her up toward Mr. Anole. I guess she focused herself! I’m working on the new blog trying to set up a gallery without much success. Gotta’ get back home and do me some visiting!

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    • Thank you, SCB. I need you here NOW. I’m trying to create a gallery for The Fuzzy Foto, and I am too technically challenged to follow the directions! Aaauugh! I thought of Mensa Girl immediately when I failed to make the thing appear! 🙂

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