Nature's Place

A Guest in the House

I can’t remember what I was doing now, but I looked up at something moving in the corner of my eye and, sensing me, it stopped dead in its tracks. A little Gecko had come in from the unceasing rainfall and was making his way across my ceiling. Love the way they can walk upside down on the ceiling, with that waggling gait.

A small fellow, about the same size as the one in The Kill. This one had a different outcome though, in the short term anyway, that I know of.

I thought this little fellow would get lost and die in my place, with nothing or very little to eat, so I trapped him. I got a glass mixing bowl from the kitchen and just placed it on the Gecko on the ceiling, careful not to pinch him between the hard glass rim and the flat plasterboard. I then slipped a piece of cardboard between the bowls rim and the ceiling until he jumped down into the glass and I had him.

Then I brought him outside and let him go on a table I use for shots of creatures from around the house that allow me. He dashed this way and that but wasn’t frightened of me when I put a hand out to keep him from running away. And I was delighted he hung around for a little while, with that little encouragement from me.

Of course he was wary of me, a strange giant to his little eye. But after a while he came to sit on my finger once and allowed me to touch him before he darted away.

What a long tongue he’s got. And a lovely golden colour. Little beauty, to me.

Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. Tammie said, on 25/01/2011 at 9:49 am

    I am smitten with the details of design and color this critter is wearing.
    The transparent tongue is quite amazing! Great captures, your photography is so fine!

    That is how I catch spiders to take them outside.

  2. Marie said, on 18/01/2011 at 3:18 am

    magnifique et impressionnante série.

  3. Samuel Sharpe said, on 17/01/2011 at 7:40 pm

    Great shots Mark, geckos are so jumpy, I am amazed you got so close. Judging by his eyes closing up I am guessing you got quite a few photos, I really love the eye lick, great action shot.

    • Mark said, on 17/01/2011 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Samuel. Actually his eyes opened up over the course of about twenty shots at different positions, it may be the order I posted them makes it look otherwise.

  4. jamyun said, on 17/01/2011 at 2:02 pm

    Woww…great photos Mark..excellent effort..excellent and stunning photos too..really awesome like always

  5. LunarEuphoria said, on 16/01/2011 at 12:53 am

    If I was a gecko I’d lick my eyeball too. Just because I could.

    Amazing how you captured the translucence of it’s skin.

  6. Sue McB said, on 15/01/2011 at 2:30 pm

    What a lovely little creature……great photos.


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