Wallpaper Monday


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.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. Lilaine says:

    Cute little thing ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    We call them Tarente here. There are plenty of them, they are a bit shy but Sylvestre (the cat) catches them, anyway, and I often have to save them from him… !

  2. MJ Valente says:

    One of the things of life that I never understood was the fear of some women regarding geckos. They are SO damn cute. I especially love their lil’ feet.

    Weird having someone yell “aaargh!” at the same time I say “awww, cuuute!” Oh, well. I guess I’m a geek for geckos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lilaine says:

      …..Oh, well. I guess Iโ€™m a geek for geckos.


      What they say about her cry :

      Chant: cri ressemblant ร  un “geeeeeek” guttural, de faible volume sonore

      (i.e. faint guttural cry sounding like “geeeeeek” LOL)

      I’ve heard it several times, she cries when she’s hurt or afraid (alas, Sylvestre makes them cry often…!)

      I ‘m happy when I can save one, taking her in my hand (so soft ! and you can fell her ‘adhesive’ feet and her little heart thumping from fright(of course, it’s you, giant creature, she’s afraid of !!) and hiding her where Sylvestre won’t catch her.

  3. Photos like this leave me in awe at the ability of the photographer to stumble upon such an extraordinary opportunity as (in this example) a gecko peering through the fronds of a palm tree. But then nature photographers have trained themselves to spot remarkable sights like this one, and to act on them quickly (and no doubt quietly, too).

    I recently watched a DVD of a stand-up comedian talking (during his act) about how terrified he was when a gecko was in his hotel room. I can’t understand how anyone could be scared of these little creatures.

  4. Lilaine says:

    I was at the Vet today for Sylvestre’s vaccination, and in the waiting room there was a very nice book with stunning photos recounting the various expeditions of a couple(one is a Vet) and their little girl in south America, Arabia, south Africa, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Among fantastic shots of rare animals in their natural environment, there was one of a particular gecko, whose (threatened) species is endemic to Madagascar. It was on the back of a man’s hand, it’s mouth slightly open just above the fingernails, the end of its tail,on the forearm, reaching the man’s elbow !
    It was an Uroplatus fimbriatus.

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