Saturday, December 11, 2010

Face in the Forest

Forest Dragon, Atherton Tablelands, Australia
I set out yesterday morning to photograph a tree - a massive strangler fig in the Queensland rain forest. But as is so often the case, I found a better picture on my way there. Walking alone on a remote trail, I stumbled onto this Forest Dragon clinging to a treetrunk, just a few feet off the path. I expected him to run away, especially when I had to drop my pack, change lenses and extend the tripod legs. (No, I wasn't expecting, or prepared, to photograph a lizard that morning...) But he apparently thought I couldn't see him, which gave me the luxury of getting set up...

In the end, I got only a handful of shots before he skittered away, faster than I would have imagined possible. Too bad, because I still wanted to try some wide-angle images.  But this simple portrait was not bad for a completely unexpected opportunity. Better, in fact, than my picture of the tree!

Just after I took this picture, I hopped on the first of a series of airplanes to bring me home. It was a remarkable, and productive trip to Australia - one of my favorites of all time.

Next on the agenda?  After Christmas and New Year's, we leave for a month in Sri Lanka, chasing endangered primates. But for now, I'm just happy to be home.

Nikon  D3,  70-200mm lens


  1. Welcome back to rainy Seattle. Glad you had a great trip. I've been vicariously enjoying your photos of Australia, as when I went, it was probably my favourite trip of all time. I want to go back. Loved it! What an amazing country. :)

  2. Hi Chandira, Yes, just back in time for a nice flood in the office.. Spent the weekend sopping up water...! Yes, Australia is fantastic, and I was only in one tiny corner of it.... Always more to go back for!