I went to Orlando Wetlands Park this morning, because I was looking for small terrestrial orchids, and heard there were some to be found there. Well, for stationary beings, they were very elusive. I didn’t see a single one! However, this little guy was a pleasant surprise. It was still cool enough (astonishingly) that it was quite comfortable where it was, and didn’t mind my decidedly un-stealthy approach. The light and the lines made for a satisfying image.
These little lizards are Florida’s native anole; its alternate color is a bright lime green. The variable brown ones we see everywhere – some with sails, some with cross-hatch patterns, others with speckles – are invasive exotics; imported from the Bahamas and Cuba in every way small creatures get transported overseas.