Yesterday was our fourth wedding anniversary, and we decided to do something a little different. We drove “north of the border” up into Georgia to check out the Birdsong Nature Center. Thinking it would be a nice place to let our two little boys run themselves into exhaustion, it would be a bit of a change of scenery and a chance for all of us to visit somewhere new. It exceeded all of our expectations, and there will be more posts forthcoming from this beautiful and peaceful preserve.
Gravid Eastern Fence Lizard
As we were letting our three year-old lead the troupe, I saw a super-fat eastern fence lizard clinging to a tree, not budging. Unusual as these close relatives of iguanas have the predictable behavior of vanishing with lightning speed. It was a she, and she was full of soon-to-be-laid eggs. After a bit of checking around Facebook and Twitter with my herpetologist contacts it was confirmed. An unusual condition in which to find such a common lizard, and since it took place outside of Florida, I couldn’t include this image in our regular nature photography website – North American Nature Photography – so I’m posting it here. Stop by and check it out if you haven’t done so already!