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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Loving the Lizard

As a precursor to another Field Journal entry - this time about my encounters with that giant among reptiles, the wonderfully adaptable monitor lizard, here's another piece of artwork I've been working on. Its a Clouded Monitor, Varanus bengalensis, in the undergrowth with a streak of sunlight catching it - undergrowth and streak yet to come...

Detail: 'Dawn Monitor' Charith Pelpola, 2006

Most of my encounters have been with the far more widespread Water Monitor, Varanus salvator, and its myriad subspecies spread throughout the region.

I was also privileged to spend some quality time with the grand-daddy of the clan, the infamous 'Dragon' out in Komodo. Field Journal coming soon!

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