DESERT FRIEND, MONUMENT VALLEY UTAH
One May morning after waking up at sunrise to capture the sun coming up behind "the mittens" at Monument Valley, I walked to the adjacent diner next to The View Hotel. Breakfast was buffet style, and pretty much cold by the time I had gotten there. I left the diner feeling very unsatisfied, but happened to have my camera with me (yes it is necessary to always be prepared, even at breakfast in your pajamas) and ran into this lizard on the way back to the hotel room. I first took a shot from several feet away, assuming he would dart off after realizing I was close to him. But as I took a photo, moved closer, took a photo, moved closer, he never flinched. This was something I had never witnessed: a wild-yet-domesticated reptile. I captured this one last photo from a couple of feet away while he was standing in a perfect beam of light then let him go about his business.