A Touch of Blue

Fence lizards, like this one which I spotted in Black Run Preserve several years ago, are the only spiny lizards native to New Jersey. They are a refreshing sight to behold.

As is plain to see, the striking, iridescent touch of blue on the undersides of males contrasts sharply with their muted, camouflage tones on the rest of their bodies.

It’s nature’s equivalent of a duck blind adorned with a neon “OPEN” sign on it.

This distinct contrast provides a happy reminder that in a sometimes drab, monotonous world, it’s okay– preferred even– to boast a pop of color or stand out in some noticeable way.

It’s the little things.

Or as Friedrich Nietzsche put it:

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard‘s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.

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