Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and minor editing with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!
My front yard in Brisbane QLD Australia
This is ‘Little Bloke’ and after a Winter of living underground, he’s finally out and happily basking in the late afternoon sun on a glorious Spring day. He’s a young Bearded Dragon, an Australian native. This is also his official portrait, one that his mum would be proud of. I discovered him on my front lawn one day and he wasn’t the slightest bit concerned with my presence, but then most animals aren’t; I seem to have that ability with animals. To sit quietly with them seems to put them at ease. I reckon I could have picked Little Bloke up, and we have since built up a friendly rapport. For his portrait he was sunning himself quite happily on top of the garden shrubbery and held the perfect pose for this photo. I’m sure he enjoys all the attention and has aspirations of becoming a super model. Nice one matey :D I’ve softened the foliage and gently saturated the colours to enhance his natural beauty.
Here’s a little bit of info: Bearded Dragon is the common name for any agamid lizard in the genus Pogona. Bearded Dragons are popular exotic pets in many places, notably the Inland Bearded Dragon.
They have broad triangular heads and flattened bodies, with adults reaching approximately 50 cm (19.5 inches) head-to-tail. Males are slightly longer than females, but females are slightly heavier. They owe their name to a distinctive series of lateral spines (specialized scales) radiating horizontally from the head and base of the tail. They are mostly terrestrial, but climb to bask and search for prey. They inhabit mostly open woodlands, scrub, and desert.
All species are native to Australia, but have been exported worldwide, and due to their convenient size, hardiness, and omnivorous diet, are popular reptile pets. They are one of the most popular pet lizards in the United States.
Bearded dragons also shed their skin because they grow continuously throughout their lives. However, their skin does not grow with them so to accommodate this increase of size, every reptile must shed its scaly skin periodically. This process is known as ecdysis. When the time to shed draws near, a layer of water will form underneath the outer layer of the scales. This layer works to loosen the old skin and separates it slightly from the new layer underneath.