Living in the country brings many creatures close to our doorstep; creatures that those dwelling in cities may never sight.
Last year Other Half called me outdoors. I hurried but too late; the lizard he had spied on the lower branch of a gum tree had hidden, where we were not sure, but certainly away from human eyes. We have lizards around; in late spring and early summer blue tongue lizards treat our space as their space, and before Christmas a junior blue tongue appeared regularly in the kitchen for a treat ... he [I am calling this lizard a he as it showed no fear] loved canned peaches, would eat pears, but disliked pineapple leaving it on the piece of cardboard that served as a plate, until ants found it. After the first time when a column of ants descended, marching like troops into battle, in search of the sweet smelling fruit I made certain the cardboard plate was removed. Who wants ants in the kitchen?
Moments ago, as I headed out the door I was startled by a sudden black movement. I looked!! There, scuttling as fast as he could go towards the power pole, and safety, was a very long tailed black lizard. And yes there was a photo opportunity.
You can see the end of its tail at the bottom of the photo.