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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Romantic Anole

I arrived in the U.S. about a year ago to start my PhD in ecology and animal behavior. I was excited about the spring and summer coming so I could explore the country and discover its wildlife, but my plans had to be delayed by the ongoing pandemic. As I socially distanced and decided to stay home as much as possible, I found myself craving the wild and thus spending my days in the yard looking at the small world living with me. Watching the green anole dance, jumping from a branch to another, chasing each others on the porch, sun basking early in the morning and courting mates was one of the most satisfying of my daily activities. I decided I need to capture it ! One day, I sat all day long on strategic spots on my porch, camera in hand, ready to capture elements of the daily life of my little green roommates. This picture is one of them, displaying the most impressive aspect of their life, this vibrant red throat flashed at potential mates, competitors, and this day, at my lucky lens.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2020
Date Uploaded: 10.2020
Camera: COOLPIX B700
Copyright: © Doreen Chaussadas