Photographer Lorenzo Menendez describes his entry into this year’s National Geographic Photo Contest:
One morning while on the Big Island of Hawaii i [was] exploring my surroundings to see if i could find something to photograph. I almost went back inside when something on this huge palm tree leaf caught my eye. I stayed around and it was this little gecko, startled by my presence he was hidden between the ridges of the leaf. He would pop his head up periodically to check his surroundings, as soon as he saw i was still there he would hide again. We played this game for a while until i got the shot.
We have a gecko living out on our kitchen veranda. She’s made a home in the space between the pine shelving unit and the side wall, and occasionally comes out to cavort through the container plants. But a green gecko in the Algarve would be rather conspicuous, so ours are a mottled brown. Just as cute, though.
(Click the image, then scroll to the bottom of the page for the downloads. There are several other fantastic shots in this gallery, including one from the canyons of Page, Arizona that seems literally out of this world.)