Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTO! Plant them and they will come…

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Marc Opperman

Today’s photo is from Marc Opperman in Austin, Texas. He says, “I have a yard of mixed Central Texas native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses, as well as an ever-increasing set of vegetable beds. And although my yard is small and suburban, it is definitely testament to planting natives to foster diverse wildlife. I regularly skulk about the yard looking for fun shots with which to use my 60mm micro lens. This little green anole is just one of a thousand or more to be found in my garden. I found him resting on the petals of an echinacea as if they were a bed. He seemed pretty amenable to a giant lens inching up.” Thanks, Marc, for sharing!

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  1. ncgardener 10/14/2010

    I love the anoles in my yard. This past summer I found a couple of them on the underside of my Crape Myrtle leaves scraping off the aphids as if he was at an all you can eat delicatessen. Great photo.

  2. JanieM 10/14/2010

    I love this picture! I also garden to attract wildlife to my small city lot. When I find a frog or lizard in my garden you would think I had found gold since I get so excited!

  3. arboretum 10/14/2010

    what fun!I've never seen one before, and here in MA. I'm guessing we don't have them, but what a treat! excellent shot. thnks,
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  4. 77355 10/15/2010

    Great photo! We see these lizards and coneflowers in our yard every day but never like this! The opportunity, angle and image are perfect. We now have this photo as our desktop background.

  5. djk78 10/19/2010

    Oh I just love the photo of the anole. I live in Pennsylvania and we do not have them. Wish we did have them though. Is`nt God so diverse in his creation.

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