Saturday, July 23, 2011

Camera Critters, #172 - Great Camouflage - July 23, 2011

Amazingly, I spotted this little critter at the Marin Art and Garden Center.  It startled the
heck out of me as I was taking pictures of the flowers.  I trid to get more pictures of
him/her as he/she darted about but I just couldn't keep up and, since he/she was the
exact color of the dirt and rocks, I was lucky to manage these shots!

I am participating in Camera Critters #172 - check out the site
and add your own critter shot to join in the fun!


  1. It's such a funny animal, and you did a great work!

    Today my sister and my brother-in-law told me about your visits to their blogs and they are very pleased about it. Thank you so much for that. They made me thousands of questions and of course we talked about a trip to the West Coast of the United States. It won't be this year but the idea is in the air. Wouldn't it be great if we finally met? Just in case, go thinking of someone who can be our interpreter, because our spoken English, albeit funny, is far from good!

  2. Your critters are not always easy to find and see. Good captures despite those difficulties.

  3. One of those scared the life out of me this afternoon funnily enough - they move so quickly! Thank you for visiting today and your comment which made me laugh out-loud. By the way, your header is amazing - what a fabulous shot!

  4. Anonymous4:02 PM

    May he provide you with nothing but luck !

  5. Oh wow, he really blends in with the rocks. You still got a great photo. I love your header photo.

  6. We sure don't have any of those around here!

  7. Anonymous10:40 PM

    What a cute critter!

  8. It looks like a Common Chameleon. It has the ability to change color. They usually does not do that to camouflage, but instead to express its mood.

  9. I know how it feels when you suddenly spot at the least expected moment. Nice shots.

    The trouble with the world today is that even human beings have learned the art of camouflaging

  10. Wow! perfect camouflage.

  11. I couldn't spot it initially in the first shot.
    Great captures.

  12. Good camouflage on the lizard (horned toad? I can't quite tell.)

  13. Oh my! It would have startled me too!

  14. Josep -
    I enoyed seeing your sister and brother-in-law's blogs and learning a little about your LLeida! Now we'll have to get Julia blogging, too. And I MUST live long enough for your California visit.

    EGWow -
    There were actually two of them but I just couldn't keep up. If they'd have been green, it would have been a little easier!

    secret agent woman -
    I think it was a lizard but, honestly, it blended in so well with the rocks and dirt, I had a hard time seeing it.

    Kate -
    I really had a hard time getting a photo of this guy. I was taking flower pictures when he darted by and scared the heck out of me.

    Annabella -
    I'm glad you like my Matilija Poppy header. They are such magnificent flowers. I had never seen them before last year though they are California natives.

    Indrani -
    Amazing camouflage for these creatures. Kind of gives me the creeps!

    ρομπερτ -
    Are these chameleons supposed to be good luck? I was lucky to get a picture of one, that's for sure!

    SquirrelQueen -
    That Matilija poppy header photo is one of my
    all time. They're CA natives and pretty hard to grow.

    Sharkbytes (TM) -
    We might have lots of those chameleons...but I've never noticed them...since they are so well camouflaged.

    ladyfi -
    I wonder how he looks on a white background!

    Shiu Sugunan -
    I wouldn't have even known of its presence had it not run almost right over my foot and scared the heck out of me!

    Vinni -
    You are so right. People are very adept at camouflage and not letting you see their true selves!

    Raesh -
    I think this chameleon had the best camouflage I've ever seen!