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The Suspicious Devil (Canvas)

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Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus)

(Shark Bay, Western Australia) 

Thorny Devil’s are very tolerant of high outback temperatures, preferring to bask in the sun during the hottest parts of the day. For this shot I wanted to capture an element of the sun, and did so by orientating my shot so the sunrays highlighted the margins of the Thorny Devils spines.

The tilt of the head, together with the downward curvature of the mouth and squint of the eye, gives the impression that the lizard is quite suspicious of me. Whether real or imaginary, the expression makes you wonder what’s going on in the mind of the animal during such an encounter.