Iguanas are not native to Florida, they have been imported as pets and over the years have established themselves into our environment.
Today I ran across one of the many large colonies that thrive around here.
They are beautiful and relatively harmless vegetarians with very few natural predators to help keep their numbers in check. So ... sometimes you can find hundreds of them all in one place.
Iguanas feed freely on vegetation which can become a nuisance to people growing fruits and vegetables I suppose. But today ... they were just an interesting subject for a photoshoot.
I don't want to leave out the part about my friend Mary Lou (photo above) agreeing to accompany me on this photoshoot against her will (well sort). Mary Lou is my best friend (unless you count David) anyway she and I go on many adventures together but I never ask her to join me on anything nature related, it's just not her thing.
Today was different, I asked her if she would come with me, told her what I wanted to photograph and she said "I'm not sure I can do it, what if I'm afraid?" I assured her they were harmless and off we went.
Judging by the shrieking squeal in her voice when we found what we were looking for, I can only say she must not have believed me when I told her how many of them we would see.
If this were a friendship test, she passed with flying colors. She helped me when I asked her to do something she would not have ordinarily wanted to do and she did it. Thanks Mary Lou, I owe you one.
No really all that pleased with the shots I ended up with, I will be visiting my scaly green friends again soon. Next time I plan to arrive bearing gifts ... maybe grapes, melon or a fresh spinach salad. We'll do lunch!