Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Photo

I had lunch with Husband yesterday because I spent the morning over in Silom, near his work. He’s got his boss in town so I hadn’t seen much of him. (No, we still don’t know any more about ‘Our Future.’ *Sigh*)

I got a taxi home past Lumpini Park and I caught sight of a GIGANTIC monitor Lizard. OOOOHHH. I love these chaps. Actually, I understand the Thais consider them bad luck but I love to see them. These critters are direct descendents (in my eyes and not in a scientific sense) of the dinosaur. Luckily – because they can be 2 metres long - they are very shy.

I took this picture in the first year we were here in Bangkok. I am rather proud of it.

10 comments:

Debs said...

I adore lizards, but have never seen one of those. He's truly impressive.

JJ said...

He's rather spectacular isn't he? He was a biggy.From the tip of his tail to his nose ... maybe eight feet.

Thank god, they're shy.

Yvonne said...

I've never seen a lizard that huge before, great picture as always JJ!

Lane said...

What an incredible creature. And you see that in a city?

JJ said...

Lane, yes, absolutely. I think they are fantastic. I sometimes go to Lumpini Park just to find them (God, I'm sad.)

Anyway, man is his main predator (not that I've ever eaten him!) so his numbers are increasing quite dramatically.

The FrogBlogger said...
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The FrogBlogger said...

Monitor lizard bad luck, snake the opposite. It would be a fascinating study to find out how and why all the different Thai superstitions have evolved - surely there's a book on it somewhere.

Was tuk-tukking through the Cambodian countryside a little while back, when two (snakes) crossed our path in quick succession. Tuk-tuk driver was delighted. So you don't eat them, then? Of course! came the puzzled reply.

Doesn't add up somehow!

L-Plate Author said...

Wow, JJ.

I have a mouse in the garage if that's any competition??

Word count still going up I see? x

HelenMHunt said...

Amazing picture!

marmiteandtea said...

That is very cool but I wouldn't like to get to close to one :)