I took this picture in the late autumn (nearly winter), and the lizards have a limited amount of time to catch what few rays of sunlight hit the rocks where they live. These lizards are pretty small – about two and a half inches– so getting close enough to photograph them has be a fun challenge. They don’t want to give up what precious sunlight they have, so if I approach them slow enough I can get pretty close before they run away (only to run back into the sunlight about five minutes later).
This was one of the first lizards pictures I took, and each time I look at it I’m always reminded of a rock climber scaling the cliffs of some mountain.
Location: Home (California)
Date: November 2011