What a glorious day! The husband and I took a 3-mile hike at my favorite place: Burden Gardens. The property has everything a nature-loving gal could want: wildflowers, hiking trails, birds, rose gardens, sunflower fields, an historical museum, bee keeping area, ponds, etc. The only negative is it's close to I-10/12, so it's hard to listen for birds with all the vehicular traffic buzzing by.
I love going alone and immersing myself in God's great creation, but it was nice to have another pair of eyes! Thanks to my dear husband for spotting this anole on the boardwalk devouring a huge spider. We see anoles all the time, but I have never seen one with prey. The lizard started out brown, camouflaged so perfectly with the wood. By the end of his lunch, he had turned bright green—you can see green beginning to appear in this image. Scientists are unsure why they change colors. One theory suggests it's for blending into their surroundings to avoid predation, some researchers think it has to do with body temperature regulation, while others say it indicates stress levels. This is one situation where it's safe to say only God knows! But it's fascinating, right?
400mm | f/5.6 | ISO 800 | 1/1000 sec