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Little Bloke's Official Portrait by Neil Ross

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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.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture…awesome detail Neil

  • Thank you very much, Larry :D

    – Neil Ross

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends group (clickable banner)

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  • Awesome. Thanks very much, Cee. I appreciate the feature :D

    – Neil Ross

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Pauline. I really appreciate the feature :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    Terrific capture.

  • Thanks very much, Donna :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    23 November 2011…Awesome work

  • Cheers for the feature, Larry. I really appreciate it :D

    – Neil Ross

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature, wonderful work.

  • Thanks very much, Andrea. I appreciate that, and I hope you’re well :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    fantastic capture he really is modeling for you hes gorgeous Neil :0) x

  • He’s not as big as your Perentie Lizard, but he is a big show-off. I think he’s gorgeous too :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    NOVEMBER 26th, 2011
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  • I appreciate the feature, Mary. Thanks yet again :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Andrew Simoni
    Andrew Simoniabout 3 years ago

    haha! now i have seen it! he surely is posing for this. thats so cool you get these guys as visitors out there, i would be absolutely enthralled if i happened upon one in sunnyvale…coolest thing ive seen here is a praying mantis…legit in its own right, but siiiigh haha…definitely no bearded dragon. great shot neil

  • The smaller lizards don’t worry me, even the mid-sized ones are OK, but the bigger they get the more dangerous they become. Goannas can do a lot of damage if they decide to latch on, and they are big animals. We even had a python in the yard earlier this year. That was interesting! I reckon you’d like the Eastern Water Dragons. Now they are characters… and probably a couple of feet long head to tail. Check it on google, and I’ll try and send you a pic from a fellow RB member. Nothing wrong with a praying mantis. Insects and spiders in macro are the most fascinating of all, and we’ve all got those :D

    – Neil Ross

  • MardiGCalero
    MardiGCaleroover 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture Neil, Lovely.. !

  • Thanks very much, Mardi. He was a gorgeous little guy, so I’m glad you like his pic. Apologies too for the late reply :D

    – Neil Ross

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