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As my husband and I have our evening cocktails, we observe one of the local natives: A western fence lizard. I decided that I would share photos I took the other night of this foothills critter. Please do click on the photos so that you can really see the detail on this amazing creature.

Meet the western fence lizard

Meet the western fence lizard

Did you see the blue stripe on his underbelly? This lizard hides in the night blooming jasmine in our front yard. We were please to see him out and about. Here is a photo of this little guy looking right at me. I think it was the sound of the camera as I snapped photos that attracted his attention.

He is looking at me

He is looking at me

Here is a photo where he is watching possible prey.

He spies prey

He spies prey

His prey: A honeybee.

Predator and prey

Predator and prey

He gives up on this bee and heads over to the hose.

Hiding on the hose

Hiding on the hose

While in this spot, he catches a wasp. I missed it, but I did get photos of him consuming his meal.

He caught a wasp

He caught a wasp

As his mouth is clamped down on the wasp, we watch the back end of the wasp wiggling. He quickly swallows and clamps down again.

It's almost gone

It’s almost gone

It now gone. He is smiling!

It's gone

It’s gone

What surprised us next was when he burped! If you look closely at this photo, you will see the hind legs of the wasp sticking out.

Burping after lunch

Burping after lunch

Satisfied after eating, he scratches an itchy spot by rubbing his head on the cement.

Taking care of an itchy spot

Taking care of an itchy spot

Well, there you have it. This is part of our early evening entertainment. We are very fortunate with what we get to see and experience here.

May you have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by. Be well… ^..^

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This week’s subject for the WordPress Photo Challenge is Companionable.  I pulled together what I see as forms of being companionable and I hope that you will enjoy this series of photos!

One must feel quite comfortable with one another to sleep nose to nose!

Companion Pigs

Companion Pigs

And after a hard day sometimes we need to lean on one another.

Lean on me!

Lean on me!

What better way to spend an afternoon than to take a swim with your family…

Swimming with the family

Swimming with the family

Or better yet, with your best buddy!

Friends out for a swim

Friends out for a swim

Sometimes just hanging with friends is good too!

Hanging around with friends

Hanging around with friends

Or sharing your favorite rock.

Sharing a boulder with a companion

Sharing a boulder with a companion

Hanging around with your Dad too can be a nice way to spend time.

Spending time together

Spending time together

I hope that you liked this post which focuses on being companionable by spending time with those you love and care for! Thank you to WordPress for this challenge!

Have a great Friday and thank you for stopping by!

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As spring advances more of the local critters make their appearance, and the lizards are something to see. I am not sure what type of lizard we have here. It could be a fence lizard or the western sage lizard. No matter which, they are a joy to watch as they zip along, or bask in the sun. I got lucky that I was able to catch the following photos. They watched me warily as I snapped off photos…

The first one that I spot is on top of one of the boulders in our yard. I had to creep along at a slow pace so that I did not scare the little guy. It watches me…

It watches me as I approach slowly

It watches me as I approach slowly

I discover a pair watching from atop another boulder.

A pair watch me too!

A pair watch me too!

I move in slowly and they shift position.

They shift around

They shift around

Notice that the one in front is a bit chunky. Pregnant maybe?

The one in the front is a bit chunky

The one in the front is a bit chunky

They are very scaly if you look closely. You might want to click on this photo twice to see the detail.

Scaly!

Scaly!

Now check out the color under the throat and sides.

Notice the coloring on the sides and throat

Notice the coloring on the sides and throat

As I watch the color blue starts to appear under the chin and on the sides of the longer and skinnier lizard! Maybe this is a defense mechanism.

The color blue shows up

The color blue shows up

And the color deepens.

The colors deepen and now there is a hint of green

The colors deepen and now there is a hint of green

One of the funny things about this lizard is it does pushups. Check out the elbows in these two photos!

The front elbow is down

The front elbow is down

Now its straight

Now its straight

If I can get close enough at some time in the future I will try to capture a video of them in action!

I hope you enjoyed this visit with one of our local foothill critters! Have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!

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This was to be a fight to the finish! The players were in the ring and ready to go! Tension amongst the audience was high! Some were rooting for the Jackson, others for the Gecko! Jackson and the Gecko stood in opposing corners!

Jackson vs. the Gecko

Now you see the reason that this is Jackson vs. the Gecko is because the Jackson eats the Geckos. Jackson moves in.

Jackson on the defensive

Jackson comes out full guns, exposing his flared out throat in a challenge!

Jackson full guns

Jackson moves in for the kill! The audience is in a state of suspense! Then, suddenly, a huge figure moves in. The audience, you can just hear them, let out a roar of surprise! Intervention occurs and the Gecko sighs in relief as he has been spared one more day. The Jackson runs off yelling, “Drats!”

Before I intervene

“Next time,” the Jackson thinks to himself!

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