About a month ago I spotted our first anole (common lizard) in the backyard. I remember spotting these cute guys around my grandparents condo in Florida as a child, and we obviously didn't have these where I grew up in Minnesota, so seeing one in my own backyard still gives me the same excitement I felt as a child. We have three Crepe Myrtles between the patio and a gravel area that the kids play on, and as the bare branches have begun to sprout new growth for the season, it seems to be the anoles' favorite hangout. I've since spotted a baby and at least two different adult ones. Maybe a little family. And almost every time I go out back with the kids, I take a look.
A photo series/challenge was born after I took these first two. A photo focusing on the anole with my sidekicks wandering around the backyard. It's definitely proving difficult, especially as the leaves have grown and the anoles are becoming harder to spot, but also because it forces me to pay close attention to my aperture and composition. I hope to get a few more throughout the Summer, and possibly use them as a series to hang in the house somewhere.
Everywhere you look these days there are photo challenges (daily, yearly, by subject). They can be so good for developing your photography skills, but I have to say I find them rather fun as well.