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Lizards, snakes, toads, frogs, turtles and other reptiles & amphibians

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Lawrence A., May 12, 2012.

  1. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I searched for another thread in which to put this one, but gave up and started this. Taken with the E-M5 and the 70-300mm 4/3 Zuiko. I'm getting more keepers at marginal shutter speeds due to the IBIS of the E-M5. I'm happy, even if our little friend, below, seems a bit less so. Their perpetually disdainful look amuses me.

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  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
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  3. rgeorge911

    rgeorge911 Mu-43 Regular

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  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    iveobjective/]reed_flickr (Creative Objective Photography)[/url], on Flickr

    Lumix DMC-GF1, Lumix 14-140 f4-5.8 at 140mm

    Reed
    My Lumix Blog: DMC-365.blogspot.com[/QUOTE]

    Hope you weren't too close. I took the tarp off my generator one day and there was a little prairie rattler curled up on it. We took off in opposite directions!
     
  5. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Ned: the second to the last shot makes me laugh. What a wonderfully goofy expression!
     
  6. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
    I wonder if the powers that be could pen a thread like this? I started one for reptiles a few weeks ago, and it's dropped off the radar. (The photo was another Sceloporus, by the way.)
     
  7. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    I looked before I started this; though I won't claim my computer search skills are professional, I usually do OK. I need to get down to my favorite turtle spot near the Rio Grande with my E-M5, and I'll be putting some pictures on this thread eventually, so I'll keep it going for a while. I guess reptiles just aren't very cuddly looking, although I'm absolutely fanatical in my love of turtles, and the lizards running around (or basking) all summer are a constant source of amusement. Look at Ned's lizard pictures above; how can you not be drawn to a face like that!?

    In the meantime, here's a young bull snake I found curled up under the tire of my car one day last October. I hope he made it to a cozy nest for the winter. Living in the mountains here in New Mexico, I was once plagued with pack rats -- that even ate my spark plug wires! So I grew very fond of bull snakes, with their reputation as voracious eaters of rodents.

    (Taken with a vintage 1949 Hektor and my trusty E-P2)
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  8. foxtail1

    foxtail1 Science geek & photo nut

    Dec 30, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Kristi
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  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Hanging out on the porch

    Shot with E-M5 and the ZD 70-300 @ 300mm iso 800

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  10. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Marine Iguana, Galapagos, a couple of years ago. My trusty Panny G1 with the 45-200 before I sold it and the 14-45 in favor of a 14-140.

    Gotta love those articulated LCDs! Otherwise I would have been on my belly.

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    Random Lizard, Zimbabwe, last fall. Trusty G1, 100-300 @ 150mm.

    This was kind of an awkward shot, downwards from an overlook. Not very attractive photographically but I think the lizard's (natural) colors are neat.

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    Both photos are uncropped full frame, reduced to 1024x768.

    I like Ned's lizard with the tongue sticking out!
     
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  11. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Oldracer: Love the first shot. He looks almost made of stone. Amazing!
     
  12. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    Yeah. That's my favorite from the trip. Maybe because it's so monochromatic. I never thought of that. Here are a couple of more colorful guys:

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    Again, full frame reduced to 1024x768. Colors are not jazzed up. That's really how they looked.
     
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  13. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Bull Snake with iPhone

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  14. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Nueces Snapper: OK, I know phones can take pictures, but I was still expecting to see a bull snake WITH --- an iPhone. I don't know what I thought he'd be doing with it, but I did look for a phone. Maybe it's a generational thing.

    Nice shot, beautiful shapes the way he's curled. And I grew fond of bull snakes when the pack rats they like to eat nibbled through my spark plug wires and started to build a nest in my car engine over a long weekend when I lived out in the country.
     
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  15. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
     
  16. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Red-eared sliders at one of my favorite parks

    Gf1 with Carl Zeiss 80-200mm f4 Vario Sonnar
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  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Bravo JudyM: I adore turtles. My house is filled with way too many turtle things, small statures mostly. Turtles make me smile. And their apparent patience is a great lesson to my constant and lifelong impatience. Thank you.
     
  18. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Fred
    No lizards around here. How about a toad.

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  19. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    A toad is perfect. And a perfect toad it is. I lived my first 40 years in Massachusetts with no lizard (except salamanders) which may be why I find them so irresistible now.

    Thanks for the back home toad.
     
  20. daimos

    daimos Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 23, 2010
    Ottawa,Ontario,Canada
    richard
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