image of the month

The main image is of a tiny 6cm-long young common lizard at Lightwood, not five minutes from our house. But I cherish this image for the way it expresses the extraordinary shapes that lizards create. It is a picture taken from directly above. Look at the way the hind legs, at right angles to the front legs, are placed within the lovely curves of the body, and are configured with such spatial economy. I also love the almost swan-like S of the tail entrained behind. I added the Cartagena (Colombia) door knocker of an iguana that i have rotated to show the use of this same basic lizardly configuration.

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