Garden Photography Challenge: The Aliens Have Landed

An amazing new visitor showed up on our rockery yesterday. I’ve never seen anything quite so weird in my backyard. Meet Basil the Brown Basilisk. His generic name basiliscus is taken from the creature of Greek Mythology made up of parts of a rooster, snake and lion. It could turn a man to stone by its gaze, so don’t look too closely into those eyes. When facing danger these lizards have been known to run 10-20 metres on water without sinking.


He was closely followed up the rockery by young Iggy Junior, wearing his bright green shirt and leggings. His family have been residents here for a while, so he was watching Basil with some interest to see if there was any threat to their territory. Eventually, Basil slunk off , as there was no way that his drab brown jacket could possibly compete with the gaudy attire of Iggy Jr..


As you can see, there’s never a dull moment here, which is just as well, or I’d run out of photos for Jude’s Garden Photography Challenge, which for the month of April is ‘Close-Ups or Macros’.

Happy Thursday everyone.

102 comments on “Garden Photography Challenge: The Aliens Have Landed

  1. sono bellissimi!!! quello verde assomiglia alle lucertole del mio giardino! quello con la corazza sulla testa sembra appartenere all’equipaggio di guerre stellari!
    un grande abbraccio ringraziandoti delle splendide cose che mi hai fatto vedere

  2. Love your close ups Sylvia…nothing like the kind I could get in my English back garden! Absolutely love Iggy Junior’s lime green leggings, very…bright!! πŸ™‚ xx

  3. Wow, a day late and I didn’t check my reader today. These are smashing photos.
    The second one is worthy of an enlargement and a frame. An excellent capture.

  4. What a beauty! I can see he enjoyed the photoshoot as well. They are so photogenic and you capture them so beautifully in their natural environment! He must have been green with envy when he saw the gorgeous Mr Iggy. They are my favourites though. Stunning shots! πŸ˜€ β™₯

  5. These are wonderful shots, Sylvia. The Brown Basilisk looks like someone has taken a yellow paint brush to him! And, of course, Iggy Jr is beautiful in his green attire πŸ˜€

  6. Quite the zoo you have going there Sylvia. We seem to be o nthe rooster theme today you and I. Love the idea of being able to run on water. Kind of like flyboarding. πŸ™‚

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