Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Dinosaur at our backyard...

I was lost in cyberspace, careless of what was happening in the real world. Facebook, Twitter and Blogging take my mind away into the realms of the other reality of communication. Since the advancement of the Internet the meaning of communication in our world has changed for good. I was deep in cyberspace and lost in the web when suddenly my youngest grandson came running saying something about a funny lizard out there on the tree in the garden at the back of the house. Grandma was busy with watering the plants and Azib with his curiosity must have notice something different on the tree.

For wanting to know what it is he rushes to me and excitingly asking me to come and see. Jolted back to the real world and somewhat reluctantly I got myself from cyberspace and told him that I know there are lizards out there in the kitchen, some under the washing machine and the fridge. That is what I first thought what he was saying until he say no it is not the ordinary lizard. This lizard is on the tree and look like a dinosaur that he often saw in the movie i.e. the Jurassic Park. Then it dawn on me that it is not an ordinary house lizard but a lizard of a different kind that often climb tree.

When I was a small boy living in the kampong this kind of lizard was often seen climbing the coconut trunk near the house. We were told not to disturb it and that it would bite. So we more often than not leave it in peace. This morning like me our grandson was as excited. So I rush out and true enough there is a funny lizard squatting on the leaves of the lime tree. It did not rush to hide when confronted like the house lizard did.

I told Azib that I am going to take my camera and take some image of this amazing little creature. With the camera I took aim and it look like the lizard seems to enjoy posing for the camera. I took my time and snap some good images. Here are some of the images of that creature; that had Azib sharing his joy with me, the grandpa! An exciting moment indeed! Have a nice day.


~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Salam, Pak Idrus!

The lizard you saw is the Asian/Oriental Garden Lizard (Calotes versicolor). Their colour changes a little during the mating season. The male's throat and chest turns red. For this reason, many people mistake it for a chameleon or colour-changing lizard.

Am glad Azib enjoys observing nature as much as you do!

hs said...

beautiful creature indeed! i think it was hiding around the limau purut tree, wasn't it?

Temuk said...

Pak Idrus
Is that what people in the north Malaysia call 'pok ka'? She (female?) didn't seem to be bothered by your lense. She might be saying "Now, the whole world can see how beautiful I am thru the internet!' Salam bahagia.

Pak Idrus said...

~Covert_Operations'78, Ee lynn thanks for the visit and sharing your knowledge on the subject of this posting. With your explanation it look like this lizard is a female.

Thanks as well for the kind words on my grand kids on his adventure with nature.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

hs, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Well I believe the tree is her playground or perhaps a place to gather food.

You are very observant indeed, yes true it is the leaves of Lima Purut, that is part of our little garden at the back of the house. You can't do Rendang or TomYam without it.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

Temuk, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

On the east coast it is often referred to as 'Cicak Kubing'. I am not sure whether this one is the same that I saw in the Kampong during my childhood.

Anyway it look exciting and I am happy to get the opportunity to photograph it and share it here for all to enjoy.

It is not always that one get this opportunity and I am glad that you did enjoy those images.

Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

Hello there Pak Idrus,

You have great photography skills, and the pictures look great and serene.

But if I see this creature in my little forest ( a few potted plants), I'll scream and it's not amazing at all.Yikes! Hahaha!


Pak Idrus said...

Anonymous [Yvonne] thanks for the visit and the good words on my kind of photography. I am glad that you enjoy it much as I had enjoyed snapping it.

As for that creature, this one is rather friendly and like I said in this posting, it did post for the photography.

Have a nice day.

sheela jayaraj said...

It's facial expression looks majestic & cute!