A funny thing happened several weeks ago.
Part of doing the illustrations for a book is finding reference material. I take a lot of photos in our gardens. I also look at photos on the internet and although I am not searching for "the perfect photo" I need to see a lot of angles to be familiar with the form of my subject. I do take quite a few liberties with anole illustrations…you might have noticed. But it takes a lot of looking to be able to do this. So, I was scooting around Google images of anoles when I stumbled upon a picture from my book!!!!! I bleeted, squeeked or gasped and then my granddaughter, who was visiting, and I just started to laugh. We looked to see who had posted this picture because it hadn't been me! And then we had a pleasant surprise. The illustration was posted by Jonathan Losos on his blog, Anole Annals, http://www.anoleannals.org Professor Losos is the curator of herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He says "I've spent my entire career studying anoles and I have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know". If you visit his blog you will be amazed as I was by the richness of information. My first thought was that he did know everything about anoles. This blog is an excellent resource for media specialists and teachers. I've subscribed to it and highly recommend it!
Then, a funny thing happened again!
I got an email notification about a new blog post from Anole Annals, like I said, I had subscribed. And there it was, a generous post about Oliver the Overachiever! An expert on anoles has kindly given a nod to my insouciant Oliver, who inspires a spirit of play and adventure by being himself. I hope you'll click on this link and enjoy the post about Oliver http://www.anoleannals.org/2013/03/30/oliver-the-overachieving-anole/