Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Iguanas at our bedroom window #AtoZChallenge

We were living just north of Olón, Ecuador. Large beautiful trees hung over our two story home. The porch thatch roof was just outside our bedroom window.  Iguanas ran around in the trees.
Iguana in a tree

Iguanas jumped from the trees to the roof fairly regularly. Once there, the glass windows interested them.  They banged on the glass. It sounded like they were knocking on our bedroom window.

I would sneak to the window when they knocked, anticipating a great photo. As soon as they heard me, they sprinted away. I never did get a decent picture of them. I got a lot of the thatch roof.
An iguana was here moments ago
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Bonus for kids
Baby iguanas playing - can you find all four?
 

28 comments:

  1. How neat! I never considered that iguanas were much like squirrels in that regard, running around in trees and jumping onto roofs. Ha!
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

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    1. Excellent comparison, Jean! They are a lot like squirrels in that regard.

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  2. Curious little creatures :) I always wondered what it is like when iguanas live in one's garden instead of bunnies...

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

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    1. They are so interesting to watch as they scamper around, much like bunnies. Yet completely different.

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  3. Hi Emily - I can see three easily ... but they are amazing creatures - I used to love seeing them in South Africa - and when the bowed and scraped basking in the sunshine on a rock ... gorgeous little things ... cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/i-is-for-ice-age-art.html

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    1. Hi Hilary, Let´s see if I can explain where all four are. One is on the cement wall on the far right. One is climbing the rocks on the far left. One´s head begins where the one on the rock´s tail ends. One is in the center-right of the photo, above the brick wall and below the middle plant.

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  4. Wow, now that is something different. Since we lived in mostly high-rises in a cold climate, we never saw that. Thanks for sharing that interesting tidbit.

    I: Isla Mujeres & Indiana
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

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    1. It was so cool to have them at the window. They and the cats had staring matches through the glass, too.

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  5. Iguanas always make me think of wizards. Maybe wizards start out as iguanas or iguanas come back as wizards!

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  6. i'm enjoying your blogs. living in Cuenca, i don't see iguanas. i can't say i miss them! but like the pictures and writing. Lightheaded: Retiring at 8300 feet

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    1. Thanks Nancy, so glad you are enjoying my blog. It´s been fun reading yours, too.

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  7. How cool! Iguanas everywhere. That must be quite a sight. I spent nine weeks in Ecuador in 2011: five weeks at a language school and four weeks as a volunteer at an organic reforestation project. I very much want to go back.

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    1. That must have been such a great trip! I have seen many reforestation projects along the coast. So many mangrove forests were cleared before anyone understood the environmental impact. Hope you make it back!

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  8. I've never seen iguanas in the wild. I have never been in South America. Possibly the closest (and it isn't close) are the small lizards in Florida, where I lived for nearly two years.

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    1. If you multiply the size of those lizards several times, then you have an idea :)

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  9. I always remember a song from when our kids were young: I wanna iguana.

    Sorry, that's the only line I remember, but I catch myself singing it ALL the time. Drivin' myself crazy! I bet it was sooooo cool where you were. I'll leave a link since you mentioned it, but I still have to learn how to make it live! Oh well.

    https://johndavisfrain.com/2017/04/11/ice-sculpture/

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    1. How funny that is a song you sing so often. You would never get it out of your head if you lived here!

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  10. I am pretty sure I would rather have squirrels jumping from the trees to my roof than lizards. I did find all 4.
    Finding Eliza

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    1. The squirrels do not make as much noise for sure. Way to go on the 4.

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  11. I had an iguana as a pet when I was young. I enjoyed him, but they do look much more interesting in the wild. I also read somewhere that they are called "chicken of the trees" because people eat them.

    Dena
    https://denapawling.blogspot.com/

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    1. It would be cool to have one as a pet for kids. I have also heard that about "chicken of the trees" but they aren't eaten where I live (at least not that I have ever seen).

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  12. Interesting that they were afraid and scurried away. I have never seen one as I live in S.Africa, but my four-year-old grandson was once bitten by one. They were on the mission field in Venezuela and the teacher had captured one just to show the children. My grandson leaned over to pet it, and it leaped up and fastened onto his neck just below the chin. The adults battled to get it off his neck. That iguana wasn't going anywhere fast! J is for Journaling as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.

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    1. Wow - how terrible for your grandson! He must be afraid of iguanas now. So sorry that happened to him.

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  13. You wouldn't think iguanas were that fast, but I guess they are.

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    1. Only when they want to be. They seem like the slowest things until something startles them. Then they are lightning quick!

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  14. That's the trouble with animals, by the time you get your camera, they run off or move. I remember trying to take a pic of slinks for years and finally got a decent shot. Maui Jungalow

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    1. Yes, the animal is gone by the time the camera is ready. What is a slink?

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