Lizard Face

Phelsuma laticauda laticauda

Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda)
Location:  Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

Meet the Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda).  This is arguably the most colorful and photogenic of all the gecko species that live here in Hawaii.  Don't you love its blue 'eye shadow'?

The Gold Dust Day Gecko is native to Madagascar.  They were introduced here in Hawaii several decades ago when, according to legend, several were intentionally set free in Honolulu by some college students.   They reproduced and spread to several of the other islands over time.

We have several of these critters living permanently in our garden.  They're easy to find again and again, because once they are established, they stay within a relatively small range.   This one lives in the herb garden near our back lanai.  Several others make their home in our palm garden.

This is the first photo of this lizard species that I have posted to this blog, but it won't be the last.  I photograph them whenever I have the chance.  In case you are wondering, this individual is about four inches (10 cm) in length.


星里 said...

Just following your link from your blogcatalog post and I like this shot very much. The DOF nicely isolating the very colourful gecko from the bland background works really well for me.

BNS said...

Thank you for visiting, and for your kind words about the photo. I appreciate it.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful colours! What a colorful little fella! In South Africa we have regular coloured Geckos.

BNS said...

Thanks, Craig. We have some of those "regular" geckos here, too, but this guy is really special (to photographers, especially).


kml said...

He is the most vivid green! What a great job you did capturing him!

Jinghui said...

Very beautiful photo ! Vivid and very bright colours !

The details are very sharp, is the 105mm the famous Macro lense ?

Imagine the bokeh at f/2.8 !

BNS said...

@ Kathy - Thanks. His vivid colors make him easy to spot in the garden.

@ Jinghui - Thanks you. And yes, that is the 'famous' Nikon 105 mm macro lens -- the newer version with VR (vibration reduction). I'm very happy with this lens.


2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow. Look at the detail and color. I'll bet if you zoomed in you could even see what's reflected in its eyes.

BNS said...

@ 2Sweet - Funny you should mention it: I have another photo of this lizard in which you can kinda make out the photographer -- me! -- squatting down real low to take the picture.