Saturday, August 20, 2022

Dewlap & Gaze

A L O H A From Honolulu!
We do not have to become
heroes overnight. Just a step at a time,
meeting each thing that comes up ...
discovering we have the strength to
stare it down. Eleanor Roosevelt

Hong Kong Orchid Tree

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. William Arthur Ward 

The brown anole, also known
commonly as the Cuban brown
anole, or De la Sagra's anole,
is a species of lizard in
the family Dactyloidae.
The species is native to
Cuba and the Bahamas.

Unique to males, the “blanket” is actually called
a dewlap, or throat fan.

Anoles use their pink dewlaps
for two purposes. One is for
breeding, displaying their intent
to females. The second purpose
is more commonly seen and
functions in establishing territory
among adult males. By displaying
his dewlap, the lizard can tell
other males that they have
entered his home range.
The intruding male then has
two options. He may simply leave,
or he may establish his dominance
and displace the original proprietor.
Males rarely give females
a territorial display, allowing
them to enter freely.
Interestingly, you may notice
that anoles will also
“throw down their colors” to
gardeners, dogs, and other passersby.

I have powerful friends 
in high places. 
Birds sing 
where I walk, and 
children smile 
when they see me coming.

                   Hunter S. Thompson

It is beautiful to talk 
about beautiful things and 
even more beautiful to 
silently gaze at them.
                   Dejan Stojanovic

Love You,
Pixie & Cloudia



Saturday Critters

I’d  Rather Be Birding

Jaipur Garden Affair

Monday Murals 

Lobby Mural  
Castle Hospital, Oahu
by Bob Flint, 1997


Elephant's Child said...

It is going to take me a LOT longer than overnight to become a hero.

Shiju Sugunan said...

love the sky and the quote by Hunter S. Thompson.

Kay said...

Thank you for telling us what that anole was. We don't have as many of them as we used to. I wonder why.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Cloudia
Lovely images. The Anole is a cute lizard.
I love all the quotes, especially the Hunter S. Thompson quote.
Pixie is adorable, as always.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend.

s.c said...

A nice kind of post about animals .That lizard is amazing as is your cat. Have a nice weekend.

magiceye said...

Lovely captures!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Anoles are so funny to watch. We have them here and have some tiny ones right now in our courtyard! Enjoy your weekend!

Teresa said...

Pixie and I think that anole's dewlap looks like food. She might be wondering how it would taste. I thought the anole was eating a tiny slice of watermelon.

Cloudia said...

Jolly Friends!

Andree said...

Fascinating about that lizard. More great quotes!

RedPat said...

A thoughtful post. Love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, Cloudia.

Mike said...

I'm in the silently gaze crowd... group... by myself.

William Kendall said...

A neat little lizard.

Anni said...

What a great mural. Enjoyed the quotes and wonderful, fitting photos to go with them!!

I dropped by once again to give my thanks for sharing and linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Sunsets, orchids, and lizards all make me happy.

Bob Bushell said...

A lizard with his dewlap, beautiful Cloudia.

Sami said...

Beautiful mural and wonderful photos and quotes. Thanks for participating in Monday Murals Cloudia.

rupam sarma said...

So beautiful pics, Loved the post.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Pixie looks good silently gazing. LOVE that mural you found in Oahu.

Arun Goyal said...

Beautiful post ! The sky capture is amazing. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.