After the Rain ~ #020 May 2014 – Haiga and Haibun for Phoneography Monday: Subject Choice

©14 Garden Battle 3 sml 6x

 

Garden Boundaries

 

for a moment i watch the early summer stand off. the edge of the composting garden is rich in small life. insects. birds. and other small creatures. creeping. crawling. wiggling and slithering. hopping. darting and flying.

territory is at a premium. occasionally the price is life or death. more often it’s just saving or losing face. the first to blink. or disappear. negotiations often begin with a stand off. higher and lower ranking, size or positions. sometimes a battle ensues.

an anole (a cousin to the gecko) uses camouflage and the ability to change colors and patterning. adapting. to the area where they stand in seconds.

a stand off may involve a stance posture. as well as a throat display—a dewlap. that can be shot outward in a relatively flat half circle arc as large or larger than the head of the anole when viewed from the side. “i’ll show you mine. you show me yours.” the dewlap on anoles in my backyard are often orange-red and lined around the rim with yellow.

the same display may attract a female and at the same time indicate to a male that the area is already occupied.

anoles are patient when hunting and they are quick to challenge—taking me on occasionally. although if i glance away they often disappear. no loss of face there. i out weigh them. and my size alone is. . . . you get the picture—Godzilla-ish.

i mean them no harm. they aid considerably with insect control of course. and they are fun to watch.

for a moment i watch. snap a photo or two. and then allow these two to go on with their territorial negotiations.

new boundaries
after the rain fall stops
a garden battle

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Altered Photograph

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Digital Drawing and Painting
  • iPad 2
  • Top Camera App
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12

My response to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Subject Choice for Monday May 26, 2014, found on the Lens and Pens by Sally blog.

Below are the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge themes for each Monday of the month:

  • 1st Monday: Nature
  • 2nd Monday: Macro
  • 3rd Monday: Black and White
  • 4th Monday: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, or Travel). 
  • 5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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