This handsome little guy below is everywhere here. Well maybe not him exactly, but his brothers, sisters, cousins and buddies. Everytime I step out of the front door they run away in all directions sort of like the old Keystone Cops routines except they don't crash into each other. I patiently wait until they have all hidden themselves before stepping forward, I would hate to accidentally crush one. They are just little lizards after all. They aren't doing any harm. And in fact they eat some of the bugs in the gardens so they are actually doing good. They don't bother me. I don't bother them. Most of the time, you barely notice them. They do not want to be seen. Tim refers to them as Izzy or Iggy, sometimes Lizzy. I don't know their actual names. I just know they are afraid of people or at least very shy. (continue below)
Well, mostly shy. Not this guy. This fellow tends to hang around the courtyard and he is especially fond of the Adirondack chairs in the courtyard. Recently he was brave enough to actually stay on one of the chairs when I sat on it. I moved very slowly and quietly and just sat without moving for a bit. He watched me. Did a few pushups to indicate how very strong he was. And then, to my surprise, allowed me to take this photograph. I'm not positive that he wasn't saying something about being ready for his closeup.
I don't know if he is a particularly bold type of lizard? Or perhaps just a singularly courageous one. Or maybe he's just old and tired and didn't want to move. I know they have been here at least as long as we have, (no doubt longer) and they've hopefully witnessed that, as long as they stay OUTSIDE we mean them no harm. We would like to share this space with no ugly incidents in either direction.
We enjoy wildlife. Encourage birds and butterflies to share our space, within reason. I have mentioned briefly before that we have squirrels in the yard, but I've also seen frogs when I'm watering in the evening and I think there is an armadillo hiding somewhere. Something bigger wanders by occasionally. I know this because periodically I have to clean up the mess of something that's been in the trashcans. Maybe a raccoon? Regardless, it's a minor inconvenience.
My thought on wildlife is that, in all honesty, they were here first. We are the ones who are taking over their space, not the other way around. I think it is courteous to find a way to share it that is safe for everyone involved.
Meanwhile, Lizard Captain Adirondack Chair and I have conferred and decided that anytime I wish to sit on that chair, I should probably check behind the cushions first to make sure no other lizards are hiding there. "Aye, Aye Captain."
Maybe I'll make a little sign.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.