A few years ago Richard threw up a wooden scaffold attached to the porch and running along the side of the house so he could tear into the wall, repair some termite damage, replace a window, and put up new siding, and he extended it around the corner and across the front of the house part way so he could work on some siding on that side of the house that is falling apart.
The scaffold was supposed to be temporary, but it has yet to be taken down (and, alas, the second part of the project has yet to be done), and for several summers it has served as a handy place to sit large pots of tomatoes and some of my cactus.
It has also become a playground for a small army of lizards that patrol it regularly for insects.
One day some years ago, just before I was going to open the screen door to go outside, I watched a little lizard race across the porch and gobble up a cockroach that was headed in a determined way toward the house. So I think of them as our first line of defense during the Spring and Summer.
After I inherited Richard’s old camera, I began to have a lot of fun trying to take pictures of them. They are nervous, very fast, and usually don’t sit still too long for their portraits, but once in a while…
They will sit still long enough so that I can get a few shots.
The cat also hangs out on the porch and the scaffold – she likes to stretch out in patch of sun and sleep, or perch on a board that forms a shelf at the corner, as is true with most cats, she is very alert to anything that moves.
In the last few days, I have noticed at least one lizard with a missing tail.
Isn’t too hard to guess who was responsible. The lizard’s tail will grow back, assuming she doesn’t kill it. Wouldn’t it be interesting if we also could grow replacement parts?